Kelly N. Giles is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research centers the intimate and sexual lives and experiences of Black women during their mid-30s to mid-50s, analyzing how they redefine, reconstruct, and renegotiate their ideas about love, marriage, sex, and intimacy. Additionally, Kelly does research which examines Black men, ages 45 to 65, and their relationship to masculinity, health disparities, and stress in urban communities within New England. Kelly has a B.A. from Hunter College, CUNY, a B.B.A. from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing certification through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT) to serve as sexual health educator.
As one student shared, “Since taking Ms. Giles’ class, the students and myself will always understand the importance in questioning even the most familiar concepts while reexamining how something might cause social injustices in the world, and how our identity might be a problem. Ultimately, this has forever reshaped how we perceive ourselves in society.”