Aline C. Gubrium

Professional Title: 
Associate Professor
Community Health Education
Campus Address: 
304 Arnold House

B.A., Indiana University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida

Area(s) of Specialization: 

sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice; participatory digital, visual, and narrative research methodologies; holistic and culture-centered approaches to health promotion

Research Description: 

My research uses innovative methodologies such as narrative, participatory, visual, and community engagement and lies at the intersection of ethnography and action. I have extensive research experience in diverse communities, nationally and internationally, including conducting discursive narrative and ethnographic research on gender socialization and drug use and participatory visual and "sensual" research with marginalized populations focused on place, race/ethnicity, and health inequity. My 2013 book explains participatory visual and digital methodologies for social research, health promotion and practice, and advocacy. As a major methodological innovation, I use digital storytelling to engage research participants in reflecting on health, wellbeing, and related aspects of lived experience. From my early research with African-American women living in a southern rural community, to work with women who have received Depo-Provera contraception, and more recent projects working with Latino/a youth to address sexual health inequity, the driving question across the board is how my interlocutors constitute meanings of health and wellbeing, and the ways that lived experience and structural dimensions inform meaning making and can shape advocacy and action.

Visit the Hear Our Stories digital storytelling project website for more information on my current research.

Key Publications: 

Gubrium A., Mann E., Borrero, S., Dehlendorf, C., Fields, J., Geronimus, A.T., Gomez, A.M., Harris, L., Higgins, J., Kimport, K., Luker, K., Luna, Z., Mamo, L., Roberts, D., Romero, D., & Sisson, G. “Realizing reproductive health equity needs more than LARC.” American Journal of Public Health, Accepted September 2015.

Gubrium A., Harper K., Otanez M. Participatory Visual and Digital Research in Action. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. July 2015.

Gubrium A, Krause EL, Jernigan K. Strategic authenticity and voice: New ways of seeing and being seen as young mothers through digital storytelling. Sexuality Research & Social Policy. Published online, June 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/x13178-014-0161-x

Gubrium, A, Shafer, M. Sensual sexuality education with young parenting women. Health Education Research 2014; doi: 10.1093/her/cyu001

Barcelos C, Gubrium A.  Reproducing stories: Strategic narratives of teen pregnancy and motherhood. Social Problems, 2014;61(3): 466-481.

Gubrium A, Hill A, Flicker S. A situated practice of ethics for participatory visual and digital methods in public health research and practice: A focus on digital storytelling. American Journal of Public Health 103(10): Forthcoming 2014. DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301310

Gubrium A, Harper K.  Participatory Visual and Digital Methodologies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 2013.

Gubrium A. “I’ve lost my mojo, baby”: A narrative perspective on the effect of Depo-Provera on libido. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 2011;8:321-334.

Aline Gubrium Curriculum Vitae