Clare Sears, Associate Professor of Sociology, joined the department in 2007. Her research and teaching interests include critical criminology, queer theory, transgender studies, historical methods, and disability studies. Sears received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005, her M.A. in sociology from UC Santa Cruz in 2002, and her BA in sociology from the University of Leeds, England in 1992.
Jen Reck has been a lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University since 2006. At San Francisco State University, she has taught courses in LGBTQ studies, introductory research methods, action research, qualitative methods, gender, deviance, introductory Sociology, writing, sexuality studies, and the Sociology of youth. She has researched debates over same-sex marriage, lesbian intimate partner violence, and geographic marginalization of homeless and marginally housed LGBTQ+ youth in San Francisco.
Alexis Martinez, Associate Professor of Sociology, joined the faculty in 2007. She is a medical sociologist with a background in community-based research with marginalized populations. Her current work focuses on the criminalization of drug use in the United States as a structural factor that shapes the HIV risk environment of injection drug users (IDUs). Previously, Dr. Martinez worked with the Urban Health Study at UCSF to understand the relationship between arrests, incarceration, and HIV risk among street-based IDUs in San Francisco.
Andreana Clay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (NYU Press, 2012) explores how youth of color organize and identify as activists in the post civil rights era.
Amy Sueyoshi is Interim Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Her research lies at the intersection of Asian American studies and sexuality studies. She is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Intimate Life of Yone Noguchi and Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental” just out with University of Illinois Press. Her essay on API queer history titled “Breathing Fire” appeared in the National Parks Foundation’s historic LGBTQ theme study in 2016.
Rita M. Meléndez is an Associate Professor and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University in 2000. In 2002, she earned a Masters Degree in Biostatstics from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. She is the recipient of a National Research Service Award Research Training Fellowship (mentored by Anke A. Ehrhardt).
Colleen Hoff, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist is a Professor of Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. Professor Hoff has worked extensively in the field of HIV Prevention by developing and implementing community level, social network, group and individual intervention trials aimed at reducing sexual risk among gay men. She was a co-investigator on two different studies aimed at promoting female condom use among sexually active women in the Bay Area.