Headshot of Aaron Norton with bookshelf in the background Aaron Norton

Assistant Professor
Human Sexuality
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, University of California, Davis
MA, University of California, Davis
BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Dr. Aaron Norton is a core faculty member in the PhD Program in Human Sexuality at CIIS. Aaron received his PhD in social psychology from UC Davis (2014), where he also spent two years as the Graduate Fellow for the Center for Science and Innovation Studies and the Program in Science and Technology Studies (2012-2014). After graduating, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), and another year and a half as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, during which time he taught courses such as Sexuality, Biomedicine, & HIV/AIDS; Sexuality, Social Science & LGBT Rights; Sexuality & Society; Research Methods in Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Health, Biomedicine, Culture, & Society.

Before entering graduate school, Aaron worked in a genetics lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and spent two years in the clinical research division of the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC, where he served as a regulatory affairs specialist and liaison between the clinic and the community based Institutional Review Board responsible for ensuring new HIV clinical trials conducted at the clinic met current ethical guidelines and federal regulations.

Aaron's main areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies, science & technology studies, social studies of risk and quantification, and the biopolitics of HIV-prevention. For example, his dissertation traces the circulation of statistical claims relating male circumcision and HIV-risk to consider the science and ethics of male circumcision's emergence as an HIV-risk category and prevention strategy. In addition, Aaron's past research has drawn on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, and includes publications on such topics as attitudes toward transgender people; human chimerism, kinship, and trans-subjectivity; and the role of epidemiological surveys in the biomedicalization of male circumcision as an HIV-risk category.

Courses Taught at CIIS:

  • Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • Gender & Queer Theory
  • Methodology II

Norton, A. T. (2017). Foreskin and the molecular politics of risk. Social Studies of Science, 47(5), 655–680. 

Norton, A.T. (2013). Surveying risk subjects: Public health surveys as instruments of
biomedicalization. BioSocieties, 8, 265-288.

Norton, A.T., & Herek, G.M. (2013). Heterosexuals' attitudes toward transgender people: Findings from a national probability sample of U.S. adults. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 68, 738-753.

Herek, G.M., Norton, A.T., Allen, T.J., & Sims, C.L. (2010). Demographic, psychological, and social characteristics of self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in a U.S. probability sample. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 7, 176-200.

Norton, A.T. & Zehner, O. (2008). Which half is mommy?: Tetragametic chimerism and trans- subjectivity. Women Studies Quarterly, 36(3/4), 106-125.

Yamashita, T., Hashiramoto, A., Haluzik, M., Mizukami, H., Beck, S., Norton, A.T., ... , & Proia, R.L. (2003). Enhanced insulin sensitivity in mice lacking ganglioside GM3. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100(6), 3445-3449.

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