Simone Kolysh

Adjunct Faculty
Human Sexuality
School of Consciousness and Thought Transformation

PhD in Sociology, The CUNY Graduate Center
BA, Biology, NYU
Master's in Public Health, NYU
Master's in Sociology, Brooklyn College

I hold degrees in Biology, Public Health, and Sociology from New York University, Brooklyn College, and the CUNY Graduate Center, where I also completed a doctoral certificate in Women's Studies and a concentration in LGBTQ studies. My substantive areas are: Sex & Gender, Sexualities, and Race & Ethnicity. I am a past chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus, a member of the Sociologists for Trans Justice, and chair of the Committee on Gender Equity for the Eastern Sociological Society. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hood College in Maryland, US, where I also teach in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Public Health programs. 

I am also an Associate Disruptor for Race Reflections UK, where I develop trainings around LGBTQ & Race issues, and an adjunct professor in the doctoral program in Human Sexuality at the CIIS. Recently, I created two courses for “How To Successfully Teach Online” and “How to Succeed in Graduate School.” Each video is 40 minutes.

In my first major project, I analyzed catcalling and LGBTQ-directed aggression on the streets of New York City through an intersectional lens and published a book titled Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People with Rutgers University Press. My current project takes up the reproductive journeys of transgender and nonbinary people. My other publications include the article “Straight Gods, White Devils: Exploring Paths to Non-Religion in the Lives of Black LGBTQ People," in Secularism and Nonreligion, and a chapter on being a raging lesbian scholar in Negotiating the Emotional Challenges of Doing Deeply Personal Research edited by Alexandra C.H. Nowakowski and J.E. Sumerau. E-mail me at and follow me on Twitter

 Author, Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People (2021)

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