Hello. My name is Tom Waidzunas, and I am a sociologist and science studies scholar in the Temple University Department of Sociology. Welcome to my webpage.
My research and teaching interests are at the intersection of sociology of sexuality and gender, science and technology studies, and sociology of social movements. On the one hand, I am interested in how scientists come to know, and hence constitute, sexuality and sexual desire. My book The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) explains how mainstream science of sexual orientation has been forged under the spectre of reorientation therapies, and in many ways, forecloses possibilities of human freedom even as it has liberated gays and lesbians. On the other hand, I am interested in dynamics of gender and sexuality within science and engineering professions. Currently I am working on projects examining workplace experiences of LGBTQ persons within STEM professions.
Please read my recent blog post at University of Minnesota Press (8.11.2016): "The global implications of RNC support for gay 'conversion therapy'"