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Gender SEAMS Team Members

Gender SEAMS (Sexuality, Embodiment, Affect, Movement, and Space) Research Team

Gender SEAMS Lab Faculty Director

Elizabeth Sharp, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Sharp, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Sharp, Ph.D. leads the Gender SEAMS research team. She is an Associate Professor and Associate Chairperson in Human Development and Family Studies, affiliate faculty in Women's Studies at Texas Tech University, and is the chairperson for the Texas Tech University Gender Equity Counsel. Dr. Sharp has recently been honored with the 2015 Alexis J. Walker Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Feminist Family Studies. 

Research Team Members

Samantha Christopher, M.A.

Samantha Christopher, M.A.

Samantha Christopher, M.A. is a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University and has a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Her academic pursuits involve feminist identity, vocational development, and qualitative methodology. 

John Purcell, Ph.D. Student

John Purcell

John Purcell is a Post-Baccalaureate Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies and is a student therapist at both the student counseling center and the family therapy clinic. His research interests include sexuality, chronic illness, and identity narratives. 

Benjamin Finlayson

Benjamin Finlayson

Benjamin Finlayson recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life Specialty. Ben will begin graduate school in the fall pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Kirsten Dalquist

Kirsten Dalquist

Kirsten Dalquist is a Psychology and English double major who will be graduating in December 2016. She loves to read, write, and drink coffee. Her research interests include body image, eating disorders, and feminist political theory.

Kimberly Gambrell

Kimberly Gambrell

Kimberly Gambrell is a senior Human Development and Family Studies major. She is interested in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Gender and Women's Studies. After she completes her Bachelor's, she intends to pursue a graduate degree.

Miriam Lieway

Miriam Lieway

Miriam Lieway is a post-baccalaureate Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. She is working towards a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies and a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies. Her research interest is the intersectionality of gender, poverty, and marginalization with an emphasis on sex trafficking.

Davina Nguyen

Davina Nguyen

Davina is a sophomore Psychology major and Addiction Recovery Sciences minor from Plano, TX, who transferred to Texas Tech University in 2015. Davina now is a member of the Women's Leadership Institute and volunteers in the Family Therapy Clinic. Davina is interested in Marriage and Family Therapy, and will later pursue a Master's Degree after she graduates in May of 2018.

Parker Reyes TTU

Parker Reyes

Parker Reyes is Public Relations major and HDFS minor at Texas Tech University. He is from Austin, Texas and graduated from Dripping Springs High School. He currently is a member of the Goin' Band From Raiderland and is on the Social Media Team. Parker also is committed in his role as a Librarian. Additionally, Parker is involved in other organizations within the College of Media and Communications.

Affiliate Contributors

Rebecca Oldham, M.S.

Rebecca Oldham, M.S.

Rebecca Oldham received her Master's degree in HDFS from Texas Tech University in August 2013, and has since continued in the doctoral program, including a certificate in Women's Studies. Her research has focused on romantic relationships (e.g., dating and newlyweds), sexual behavior, and analysis of dyadic data. She has taught a course on intimate relationships and helped new graduate students in their introductory statistics lab. Rebecca also enjoys mentoring undergraduates in research and preparing for graduate school.

Dana Weiser, Ph.D.

Dana Weiser, Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Weiser's program of research mainly focuses on how family experiences shape young adults' romantic relationships and sexual behaviors. Much of her work has looked at how the experience of parental infidelity is associated with young adults' own likelihood of engaging in infidelity. She also studies a number of sexual health topics and issues surrounding sexual and relationship violence.

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, M.A., M.F.A.

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, M.A., M.F.A.

Genevieve Durham DeCesaro is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she focuses on curricular changes, undergraduate general education and graduation requirements, and academic matters. She continues to teach courses in and choreograph for the Dance program.

Professor Durham DeCesaro's choreography has been commissioned by the University of Detroit-Mercy, Virginia Tech, Whitman College, Grand Valley State University, Old Dominion University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Spelman College, Repertory Dance Theatre of Texas, Atlanta's Zoetics Dance Company, Ballet Lubbock, and Oklahoma City's Perpetual Motion. Honorary presentations of her work include a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and American College Dance Association Gala performances at Florida State University, Hollins University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Durham DeCesaro has presented her peer-reviewed research at numerous national and international conferences and has published, with her research partner Dr. Elizabeth Sharp, in Forum: Qualitative Social Research, the International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, the Journal of Family Theory and Review, and the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Professor Durham DeCesaro's and Dr. Sharp's co-authored book, Ordinary Wars: Doing Transdisciplinary Research, is in press with Common Ground Publishing.

Professor Durham DeCesaro is the elected Director of the South-Central Region of the American College Dance Association. She is also a former Chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Review Panel and a former member of the Ballet Lubbock and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Advisory Boards. Professor Durham DeCesaro continues to choreograph and perform professionally with Lubbock's Flatlands Dance Theatre.



Human Development and Family Studies