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.
Jessica Fields is a Professor of Sociology. She is also Graduate Studies Coordinator in Sexuality Studies and Research Faculty at the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Fields teaches courses on research methods, sexuality and education, queerness and health, social problems, writing, and professional development in Sociology and Sexuality Studies.
Ivy Chen is an Lecturer with the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies . She conducts education and training for students, parents and professionals on sexuality topics, including puberty, birth control methods, STD’s, decision making, and parent-child communication. Implement needs assessment of different communities and populations. Plan, implement and evaluate outreach and educational programs. Develop sexuality health education curricula. Design survey instruments. Participate in grant development and management.
Christopher Carrington is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Carrington’s publications include: No Place Like Home: Relationships and Family Life among Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Carrington's research focuses on lesbian and gay family life and relationships, work & family conflicts, family policy for gay and lesbian people, domesticity in same-sex families, and the social and psychological aspects of creating durable and resilient relationships for sexual minorities.