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Dr. Alyssa Lynne-Joseph (she/her pronouns) is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Wichita State University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of medical sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and global and transnational sociology. In her most recent project, she uses qualitative methods to examine the tensions experienced as clinical guidelines are translated into practice in gender-affirming healthcare for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) folks in the United States and Thailand. In previous research, she has argued for the contemporary relevance of W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of “double consciousness” in sociology by analyzing how cisnormativity and colonialism affect processes of self-formation for Thai kathoey. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education (Foreign Language and Area Studies), and the Sexualities Project at Northwestern.

In addition to her research, Dr. Lynne-Joseph currently teaches introductory sociology courses and courses related to the social aspects of medicine, such as Medical Sociology and Health and Lifestyles at WSU. She has previously taught undergraduate courses for the International Studies program and the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. Based on her own experiences as a first-generation college student, Dr. Lynne-Joseph strives to create an inclusive learning environment for all students.

Dr. Lynne-Joseph received her doctorate in Sociology, a certificate in Gender in Sexuality Studies, and a Searle certificate in Advanced Teaching & Learning from Northwestern University. Her research has been published in the sociological journal Social Problems and the interdisciplinary journal Culture, Health, and Sexuality. 

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