Jodi O’Brien, Professor of Sociology, presented the Charles M. and Shirley F. Weiss Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on 13 September 2017. Her talk was titled “Beyond Discipline: A Queer, Transgender, Biocultural Perspective on Gender and Sexuality Studies.”
O’Brien is the Director of SU ADVANCE, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that promotes the advancement of women and minority faculty. Her scholarly work focuses on everyday forms of difference and discrimination, and the cultural politics of transgressive identities and communities. A distinguished scholar, she is the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (2009) and recent former editor of the public sociology journal, Contexts. Her books include The Production of Reality, Social Prisms, Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes (2005), and Everyday Inequalities (1998).
Most recently, she has turned her attention to the intersection of religion and sexuality with an emphasis on queer Christians and the congregations that support them in essays such as “Stained-Glass Ceilings: Religion, Leadership, and the Cultural Politics of Belonging,” Social Philosophy Today (2012); “Queer Tensions: The Cultural Politics of Belonging and Exclusion in Same Gender Marriage Debates,” Interdisciplinary Readings on Sex and Sexuality (2007); and “Wrestling the Angel of Contradiction: Queer Christian Identities,” Culture and Religion (2004).