Catherine Connell

Associate Professor
Director, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

PhD, University of Texas at Austin (2010)

Sociology  245 | 617.358.6445 |

Curriculum Vitae



Dr. Catherine Connell is a qualitative researcher focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and work/organizations. Her recent book, School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom, considers the experiences of gay and lesbian identified teachers in California and Texas. In the book, Connell asks: how do gay and lesbian teachers grapple with their professional and sexual identities at work, given that they are constructed as mutually exclusive, even indeed as mutually opposed? School’s Out explores how teachers struggle to craft a classroom persona that balances who they are and what’s expected of them in a climate of pervasive homophobia. The book explores the tension between the rhetoric of gay pride and the professional ethic of discretion in the context of other complicating factors, from local law and politics to race and gender privilege.

Dr. Connell’s current research project considers the legal and cultural ramifications of recent gender and sexual policy change in the US military, from the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to the gender integration of the combat arms.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Connell is the Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.


Connell, Catherine. 2018. “‘Thank You For Coming Out Today’: The Queer Discomforts of In-Depth Interviewing” in Other, Please Specify:___________: Queer Methods in Sociology  (University of California)

Connell, Catherine and Ashley Mears. 2018. “Bourdieu’s & The Body” in Oxford Handbook of Pierre Bourdieu (Oxford University Press)

Connell, Catherine. 2017. “‘Different Than An Infantry Unit Down In Georgia’: Metronormativity in the Homophobia Narratives of Boston Area ROTC Cadets” Sexualities. DOI: 10.1177/1363460717699771

Connell, Catherine. 2017.“Now That We Can Ask and Tell: Evolving LGBT Identity Politics After DADT.” Sociological Compass DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12506

Connell, Catherine. 2015. School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Mears, Ashley and Catherine Connell. 2015. “Paradoxical Value in Deviant Cases: Toward a Gendered Theory of Display Work.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 41(2): 333-359.