Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Global and Sociocultural Studies
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Benjamin Smith
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Mark Padilla
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Sheilla Rodriguez Madera
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Fourth Advisor's Name
Dr. Meg Gardinier
Fourth Advisor's Committee Title
Queer, Homonormativity, Space, Universities
Date of Defense
Spaces of higher education are often over-simplified in social science discourse, but their histories and evolutions are anything but straightforward. As colleges and universities have developed from institutions of religious social order to sites of perceived tolerance and exploration, they have also emerged as significant queer spaces. Indeed, some institutions of higher learning have even gained reputations for being particularly “LGBTQ+-friendly” safe spaces. Yet it is important to understand the social, political, moral and economic underpinnings upon which these establishments have been built and desire to uphold. Despite efforts to promote inclusivity, university spaces are also situated within an intricate web of normative powers that tend to keep identities “in their place”. Utilizing a queer intersectional approach, this dissertation examines how heteronormative and homonormative powers are produced, felt and challenged by queer students in university spaces, as well as the programs those institutions provide. The aims of this study are (1) to uncover the normative discourses of power that inform queer higher educational spaces and experiences (2) to determine how homonormative imaginations of queer identities and spaces are disseminated to, reproduced by and resisted by diverse queer student populations, and (3) to discover existing and new ways to make higher educational spaces safer and better for queer students.
Pelow, Faye D., ""You've Been Accepted"?: Homonormativity and the Imagination of Queer Higher Educational Spaces" (2022). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4988.
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