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Women's and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies Program

Jay Irwin



Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sexualities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Health, Women's Health
Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009





My main area of interest involves the health status and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. I am also interested in issues of sexual and gender identity and the social construction of identity categories. My current research focuses on self-identified lesbians in the Southeastern United States and their mental health and LGBTQ populations in Nebraska. I teach a number of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, Social Statistics, Medical Sociology and Sociology of Sexualities. I am an associate director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative ( and a member of the Professional Transgender Resource Network (