LGBTQ+ Research Community

The LGBTQ+ Studies Group is a research community that was formed in Spring 2022 and meets regularly. This research community fills an important research and social need for faculty and grads who come from various underrepresented communities and fields across the university. Our group is intersectional in philosophy and identity, and is composed of faculty of color, trans and disabled faculty, and women. We vary in rank and discipline as well.


The objectives of this group are:

  • to build networking and mentoring systems among LGBTQ+ and allied faculty and grad researchers;
  • to hold regular reading group meetings to discuss scholarship and creative work in the interdisciplinary field of LGBTQ+ Studies;
  • to share and discuss our own scholarly and creative research; 
  • to establish a community for the examination of intersectional identities and research;
  • to create better collaborative working conditions for LGBTQ+ faculty and grad researchers on campus.


  • Current Events 
  • Past Events 

Our next virtual meeting will be held at 1PM Tuesday, July 11 to discuss work in progress from Dr. Jason Farr. 

Please email Maxwell Gray for the meeting link at





LGBTQ+ Leadership Team:


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Jason Farr 

Associate Professor of English 


Maxwell Gray 

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Raynor Memorial Libraries 


Ben Pladek

Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Engish 


Dawne Moon 

Professor and Co-Director of Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexualities Studies (INGS), Social and Cultural Sciences