Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2007
Gender, Risk, Leisure, Emotion, Symbolic Interaction
Staci Newmahr is an ethnographer with a background in sociology and anthropology. She is interested in phenomenologies and narratives of limit (“edge”) experience. She has studied a wide range of activities and spaces, including sadomasochism (BDSM), Renaissance Faire devotees, feederism and asexuality. She has published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Symbolic Interaction, Qualitative Sociology and Qualitative Sociology Review.
Her book, Playing on the Edge (2011), an ethnography of a public BDSM community, illustrates that feelings of intimacy are the outcome of collaborative or co-present boundary transgression. This work led her to a broader interest in transgressive leisure practices, transcendent experiences and geek culture.
As a symbolic interactionist, Dr. Newmahr is primarily concerned with systems of meaning and meaning-making processes. Her work has re-conceptualized edgework from a feminist perspective by extending consideration to emotional risk-taking, and framed Renaissance Faires as erotic spaces. She is the co-editor of Selves, Symbols and Sexualities, an anthology of original, contemporary work theorizing sexuality from an interactionist perspective. She has also written on ethnographic methods; her interests in this area include field practices, inductive analysis and issues of subjectivity in ethnography. Most recently, as part of a larger conversation about challenges to ethnography in the current academic climate, she co-conceived and co-proposed “surrogate ethnography.” Dr. Newmahr earned her PhD at Stony Brook University (New York) in 2007. A keynote speaker in the U.S. and internationally, she served as Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction from 2011-2016 and on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Sexuality. This past summer she was elected to service as President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in 2020. In 2013, she recieved Buffalo State's Presidential Award for the Promotion of Equity and Diversity.
Drawing on her fieldwork at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University (UK), Dr. Newmahr is working toward an edited anthology on transgression, and writing her second book.
Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory, Patricia Hill Collins
White Fragility, Beverly DiAngelo
So you want to talk about race, Ijeoma Oluo
Woman, Natalie Angier
Gross Anatomy, Mara Altman
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