Sarah Abboud is a third year doctoral student and a member of the Centers for Global Women’s Health and Health Equity Research at the School of Nursing. Sarah’s doctoral study aims at understanding the meaning of virginity, virginity loss, and virginity restoration from the perspectives of Arab women and how virginity frames sexuality and sexual health in this population. Prior to joining Penn, Sarah completed her BS and MS in Nursing at the American University of Beirut and she worked as a clinical nurse in Lebanon and Kuwait. Sarah is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and was the co-chair of the Penn Nursing Doctoral Student Organization. She is the recipient of the Leboy-Davies Fellowship awarded by the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies program at Penn. She also received research awards from the Office of Nursing Research at Penn as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International Xi Chapter.
Ehriel F. Fannin is a doctoral candidate at the School of Nursing. Her background in women’s health and pediatric nursing inform her research interests in sexual and reproductive decision making. Ehriel uses an interdisciplinary framework including theories of gender and power, Intersectionality, and behavioral economics to explore sexual health disparities among women. Her dissertation work examines the influence of socioeconomic and emotional security on young adult women’s sexual decision making and subsequent risk for sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
Matthew Goldmark is currently completing his dissertation, “Bad Examples: The Troubled Future of Kinship in Colonial Spanish America.” This project collates and analyzes a repertoire of kinship paradigms in conquest narratives, literary texts, and archival documents that colonial administrators and subaltern subjects articulated to revise the New World’s social pasts and imagine future political possibility in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish Americas. More broadly his research and teaching interests include Spanish American colonial literature and cultural studies, U.S. Latina/o studies, Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, histories of empire and diaspora, and visual culture. He currently holds a fellowship from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and his research is forthcoming in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He was the Graduate Associate for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Penn from 2012-2013.
Joan Lubin is a PhD student in English. Her research interests include queer and feminist theory, twentieth century American literature and culture, genre fiction, the history of criticism, and theory of the novel. She is a coordinator of the English Department's Gender & Sexuality Studies Reading Group for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Yoel Roth is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. He studies technology, sexuality, and bears (The gay men, not the forest creatures). In particular, he’s interested in the construction and mediation of queer masculinity and communities of men, both historically and through digital media. Lately, he’s been working on issues of surveillance and the policing of images of the gay body in social media.
Andres Castro Samayoa
Andrés Castro Samayoa is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education. Andrés has a background in queer methodologies, particularly historiographical research focused on narratives of sexual identities. His current research interests focus on the history of institutionalization of LGBTQ resource centers in US colleges. Andrés was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he completed an M.Phil. in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Formerly, he worked as a Fellow for Student Life and Director of First-Year Community and Diversity Programming at Harvard University where he also received a B.A. in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Alexandra Sastre is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research interests include the representation of race and gender in popular culture, reality television and contemporary celebrity, and the changing landscape of the fashion industry in the digital age. Prior to attending Annenberg, she worked as a project manager for an interactive design firm specializing in digital interactive museum installations. Her current research examines discourses of body positivity and transethnic identity online.