James Joseph Dean

Visiting Scholar


Department of Sociology


Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Geographic Location

United States
James Joseph Dean

Dr. James Joseph Dean is a sociologist who is interested in sexualities, gender, race, and inequalities. In addition to his book Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture (NYU Press, 2014), he has written a number of articles and book chapters on topics such as lesbian, gay, and queer film, intersectionality and the politics of sexual identities, and the cultural politics of lesbian and gay social movements.

His new research investigates the changing sexual identity and community dynamics among straight and gay residents of the Castro district in San Francisco. As gay identities have become increasingly viewed as normal, straight individuals and couples have started to demonstrate this normalization through their residential patterns of renting and buying homes in the gay enclave of the Castro. This project builds on his past work and looks at the identity and community politics of straight and LGBTQ sexualities through the lens a changing urban gay enclave.

Primary Recipient Awards

James Joseph Dean – International Visiting Research Scholars – 2016