Sonny is in his third year in the PhD program. Sonny is interested in embodied experiences of structural systems of power and examining inequality as structured trauma. He focuses on these areas: transgender studies, sexuality, race and whiteness, empire, disability, emotions and affect, somatic psychology, media, and performance. Sonny is interested in integrating traditional qualitative methods with art-based interdisciplinary methods of inquiry, such as performance ethnography and ethnodrama.
M.A., Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University 2008
Thesis: “Polyamory and Alternative Discourses of Love”
B.A., Anthropology, University of California at Davis 2003
(Minor in Women and Gender Studies)
Currently Sonny is working on a qualitative study of the emotional experiences of trans and gender variant people in everyday interactions, focusing on trans-specific microaggressions as simultaneously a form of trauma and a normative instantiation of binary gender oppression.
Variations of Human Sexuality, Cross Cultural Sex and Gender, Sociological Theory, Deviance and Social Order, Social Problems, Sexuality and Society, Introduction to Sociology