Expanding the Circle Conference
Documentary Filmmaker, Author and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University
Molly Merryman, Ph.D., is a documentary filmmaker, author and an associate professor of Sociology at Kent State University, where she directs LGBTQ Studies and Women’s Studies and is the director of developing the university’s emerging Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
She is the author of Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II (New York University Press, 1998), has written a number of academic journal articles and book chapters. She also has produced and directed documentaries that have screened internationally and been broadcast on regional PBS stations.
She was one of a group of faculty who, in 2001, started the first LGBT Studies program in Ohio, and she also played key roles in the development of Kent State University’s LGBTQ Student Center, its new Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the university’s diversity course requirements, and several student scholarships, including the LGBTQ Emergency Fund, which provides financial support to students who have been cut off from family support because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/gender expression. In 2016, Merryman was honored to receive Kent State’s Diversity Trailblazer Award.