Catherine Connell

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Texas at Austin (2010)

Sociology  245 | 617.358.0647 |

Curriculum Vitae



Dr. Catherine Connell is a qualitative researcher focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and work/organizations. Her forthcoming 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 next research project will consider the legal and cultural ramifications of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the US military.  She is currently at work on a content analysis of the media’s framing of the repeal, and will soon begin ethnographic and interview research with current and former LGB soldiers. She is also interested in understanding how the continued official exclusion of transgender identified soldiers affects trans veterans and their access to benefits.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Connell serves as the faculty advisor for Q, BU’s Queer Activist Collective.


Forthcoming. Ashley Mears and Catherine Connell. “Paradoxical Value in Deviant Cases: Toward a Gendered Theory of Display Work.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

2014. Catherine Connell. School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2013. Catherine Connell. “Fashionable Resistance: Queer ‘Fatshion’ Blogging as Counterdiscourse.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, 41(1/2): 209-224.

2012. Catherine Connell.  “Dangerous Disclosures”. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 9(2): 168-177.

2011. Catherine Connell. “The Politics of the Stall: Transgender and Genderqueer Workers Negotiating ‘The Bathroom Question’.” In Embodied Resistance: Breaking Rules in Public Spaces (Christina Bobel & Samantha Kwan, Eds.), p 175-185. Nashville: Vanderbilt Press.

2010. Christine Williams and Catherine Connell. “‘Looking Good and Sounding Right’: Aesthetic Labor and Social Inequality in the Retail Industry”. Work & Occupations37(3), 349-377.

2010. Catherine Connell. “Doing, Undoing, or Redoing Gender? Learning From the Workplace Experiences of Transpeople.” Gender & Society, 24(1), 31-35.