Profile for Justine Egner

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Specialty area(s)

 Disability; Medical Sociology, Health, & Illness; Gender & Sexualities; Intersectionality, Queer & Crip Theories; Technologies & Virtual Spaces.

Brief biography

Dr. Egner's research focuses on questions pertaining to disability, health, illness, neurodiversity, gender, sexuality, and embodiment. She is interested in the ways in which identities are shaped and embodied through processes of medicalization, pathologization, and social stigmatization. She seeks to explore how these processes contribute to the marginalization of individuals and groups.

Specifically, Egner studies how processes of medicalization have shaped the histories as well as the collective and individual identities of people of color, disabled people, and LGBTQ+ people. Moreover, she asks how, and in what ways, do people who identify as both LGBTQ+ and disabled negotiate these often socially contradicting identities in both physical and virtual spaces. She examines these processes through experiences of intersectional invisibility. 

Dr. Egner is the 2018-2020 Co-chair of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Disability Division and the 2018-2020 Program Chair for the American Sociological Association Section on Disability & Society. 

Theoretical Specializations: Feminist, Disability Critical Race, Queer, and Crip Theories.

Methodological Specializations: Textual & Discourse Analysis; Virtual Ethnography; Interview Designs & Interpretive Practice; Ethnography; Ethnomethodology; and Narrative Analysis.

 

Current courses at UWL

225 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 

350 Social Research Methods II

420 Sociology of Healthcare and Illness

308 Disability & Society (new course!)

421 Intersectionality & Queer Studies (new course!)

Education

2018 - Doctorate of Philosophy, Sociology, University of South Florida (Dissertation: An Intersectional Examination of Disability and LGBTQIA+ Identities in Virtual Spaces)

2016 - Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Florida

2014 - Master of Arts, Sociology, Texas Tech University (Thesis: Perceptions of Gender and Sexuality by Individuals With and Without Neuropsychological Disorders: A Comparative Study)

2011 - Bachelor’s of Arts, Sociology and Psychology, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Research and publishing

Egner, Justine 2020(Forthcoming). “We love each other into meaning”: Queer Disabled Tumblr Users Constructing Identity Narratives Through Love and Anger. in New Narratives of Disability,Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 9, edited by S. E. Green and D. R. Loseke. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (Peer-reviewed book series)

Egner, Justine 2019. “The Disability Rights Community was Never Mine”: Neuroqueer Disidentification. Gender & Society, 0891243218803284.

Egner, Justine. 2019. Hegemonic or Queer? A Comparative Analysis of Five LGBTQIA/Disability Intersectional Social Movement Organizations. Humanity & Society, 0160597618782582.

Egner, Justine. 2017. A Messy Trajectory: From Medical Sociology to Crip Theory. Pp. 159-192 In Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know It, Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 9, edited by S. E. Green and S. N. Barnartt. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (Peer-reviewed book series)

Egner, Justine. & Patricia Maloney. 2016. “It Has No Color, It Has No Gender, It’s Gender Bending”: Gender and Sexuality Fluidity and Subversiveness in Drag Performance. Journal of homosexuality, 63(7), 875-903.

Egner, Justine. 2016. Abortion Laws, Pp. 6-10 In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 4 volume set. Vol. 4, edited by C. L. Shehan. John Wiley & Sons.

Kudos

published

Justine Egner, Sociology, authored the chapter "“We Love Each Other into Meaning”: Queer Disabled Tumblr Users Constructing Identity Narratives through Love and Anger" in "New Narratives of Disability" published on Nov. 19, 2019 by Emerald Publishing Limited.

Submitted on: Nov. 20, 2019

presented

Jesse Egner, Parsons School of Design at The New School, and Justine Egner, Sociology, presented "Exploring Non-normative Queer Embodiment through Sociology and Photography" at Society for the Study of Social Problems on Aug. 9, 2019 in New York.

Submitted on: Sept. 9, 2019

presented

Justine Egner, Sociology, presented "#ActuallyAutistic: Using Twitter to Construct Individual and Collective Identity Narratives" at Society for the Study of Social Problems on Aug. 10, 2019 in New York.

Submitted on: Sept. 9, 2019

published

Justine Egner, Sociology, authored the article ""The Disability Rights Community was Never Mine”: Neuroqueer Disidentification" in "Gender & Society" published on Nov. 2, 2018 by Gender & Society.

Submitted on: April 8, 2019

published

Justine Egner, Sociology, authored the article ""The Disability Rights Community was Never Mine": Neuroqueer Disidentification" in "Gender & Society" published on Nov. 2, 2018 by Sociologists for Women in Society. Drawing from contemporary blog data, this article examines an emerging project termed “neuroqueer.” Neuroqueer is a collaboration of activists, academics, and bloggers engaging in online community building. Neuroqueer requires those who engage in it to disidentify from both oppressive dominant and counterculture identities that perpetuate destructive medical model discourses of cure. It is a queer/crip response to discussions about gender, sexuality, and disability as pathology that works to deconstruct normative identity categories. Blog members employ neuroqueer practices to subversively combat exclusion through rejection of able-hetero assimilation and counteridentification in favor of disidentification. Of particular interest for this special issue are the ways in which neuroqueer perspectives build more fluid conceptualizations of both gender and intersectionality through conscious disidentification from neurotypical norms and medical notions of cure on which they are often unconsciously based.

Submitted on: Nov. 3, 2018