Department of Sociology

Brandon Robinson

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Brandon Robinson



Sexualities; Gender; Race & Ethnicity; Health & HIV/AIDS; Cyberspace; LGBTQ Studies; Qualitative Methodologies


Brandon Andrew Robinson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His foundational research interests are in the areas of the sociology of sexualities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) studies. Brandon is interested in how other social categories (e.g., race & gender) are constitutive of sexualities (and vice versa) and how these social categories generate exclusionary practices within sexually marginalized populations. He also has interests in studying how health & HIV/AIDS discourses construct our understandings of social categories, as well as, our beliefs about sex & pleasure. Lastly, Brandon is interested in researching ideas about cyberspaces.

Brandon's research on homonormativity in the Netherlands is published in the journal of Sexuality Research & Social Policy. Brandon's article with Dr. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz on the "down low" and is published in the journal Deviant Behavior. Brandon's quantitative piece with Dr. David A. Moskowitz on the eroticism of Internet cruising as a self-contained behavior is published in Culture, Health & Sexuality. His theoretical piece on "Barebacking with Weber" is in Social Theory & Health. Brandon's article on "personal preference" as the new racism and racial cleansing practices in gay cyberspace is published in the new Sociology of Race & Ethnicity journal. Brandon's article on the quantification of bodies in cyberspace and the discrimination against fat bodies is published in Social Currents. His book chapter on barebacking as a queer utopian practice is in the anthology A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias.

Brandon is also the Project Manager for the Health and Relationships Project.

His thesis "The Gay Facebook": Friendship, Desirability, and HIV in the Lives of the Gay Internet Generation investigates the role of cyberspace in shaping sexualities for men seeking men online for sexual purposes. Specifically, the thesis looks at friendship, race and the body, and sexual health/HIV in the lives of self-identified gay, homosexul, and queer men on

His dissertation will be exploring the lives of LGBTQ homeless youth.

Prior to coming to UT, Brandon received his B.A. in Women's & Gender Studies and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC. While in DC, Brandon interned for the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition and for Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive.


SOC 308M • Sociology Of Identity

44455 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM CLA 1.104

Course Description

The New York Times called 2015 “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.” From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to Rachel Dolezal and “Key & Peele” – identities and categories around race, class, gender, and sexuality have been called into question. So, who are we? And how do we know who we are? Although the answers to these questions may seem personal and inherent, in this course, we will explore these questions through a sociological lens. We will examine how the self is produced by society and what the relation is between the self and society. Essentially, this course will tackle how our identities are socially produced and how the social production of identities is bound up with power, privilege, and oppression. The beginning of the course will focus on general theories and concepts about identities, the self, and society. We will then consider the roles that race, gender, class, and sexuality play in understanding our identities. We will end the course by looking at more thematic areas around identities.

Required Texts & Readings

Mock, Janet. 2014. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. New York: Atria Books.

All other required readings will be posted on Canvas.

Course Grading

Short Paper                  10%

Reading Summaries      15% (5 total/3% each)

Midterm Exam              25%

Final Paper                  25%

Final Exam                   25%



Robinson, Brandon Andrew. Online First. “The Quantifiable-Body Discourse: ‘Height-Weight Proportionality’ and Gay Men’s Bodies in Cyberspace.” Social Currents.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew. 2015. "'Personal Preference' as the New Racism: Gay Desire and Racial Cleansing in Cyberspace." Sociology of Race & Ethnicity 1(2): 317-330.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew. 2014. "Barebacking with Weber: Re-enchanting the Rational Sexual Order." Social Theory & Health 12(3): 235-250.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew. 2013. "The Queer Potentiality of Barebacking: Charging, Whoring, and Breeding as Utopian Practices." Pp. 101-128 in A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias, edited by Angela Jones. New York: Palgrave MacMillian.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew and David A. Moskowitz. 2013. “The Eroticism of Internet Cruising as a Self-Contained Behaviour: A Multivariate Analysis of Men Seeking Men Demographics and Getting Off Online.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 15(5): 555-569.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. 2013. “Displacing the Dominant ‘Down Low’ Discourse: Deviance, Same-sex Desire, and” Deviant Behavior 34(3): 224-241.

Robinson, Brandon Andrew. 2012. “Is This What Equality Looks Like? How Assimilation Marginalizes the Dutch LGBT Community.” Sexuality Research & Social Policy 9(4): 327-336.

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