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Date: Mar 29 2012

Location: Eastern Kentucky University


Bernadette Barton (Ph.D. University of Kentucky 2000) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Morehead State University.  Her research and teaching interests include sexuality, gender, popular culture, religion, qualitative methods and the sex industry.

Barton is the author of Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers, (2006, New York University Press).  She has published in Gender & Society, Sexuality & Culture, theJournal of Contemporary Ethnography, the Journal of Homosexuality, Feminist Formations, Qualitative Sociology, theJournal of Lesbian Studies, Symbolic Interaction, On the Issues Magazine and Alternet.

Barton’s current research project examines the experiences of gay men and lesbians, and is the focus of a new book titled, Pray the Gay Away: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays(forthcoming September 2012, NYU Press), and a multi-media presentation titled The Toxic Closet: Christianity and Homosexuality in the Bible Belt.