Ph.D., Florida State University, 1995
Social Inequality (Gender, Race, and Class), Sexuality, Qualitative Methods
1047 General Classroom Building
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Stombler received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University in 1995 and worked as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University until 2000 before joining the department at GSU.
Dr. Stombler has spent the majority of her career on two major ethnographic projects on campus culture. The first was a three-year study of Black and White Fraternity Little Sister programs that focused on the different ways that men exploited women in these organizations and the different ways the women resisted exploitation (results published in Social Problems).
She is currently writing up the results of a second three-year study of Gay Fraternities. In this project (along with former graduate students King-To Yeung and Renee Wharton) she focuses on how men in gay fraternities negotiate the dual identities of being Gay and being Greek (results published in Social Problems). She also examined how men in gay fraternities reproduce hegemonic masculinity (results published in Gender & Society).
Her latest research project involves unraveling the power dynamic embedded in the practices of oral sex, particularly cunnilingus, and connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse (particularly messages about oral sex sent through music and other media). Key questions include how people view cunnilingus and how individual and public conceptualizations of cunnilingus are mitigated by race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
Dr. Stombler enjoys teaching courses in social problems, gender, sexuality, qualitative methods, and pedagogy. She is also a co-editor of the sexuality text, Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader with Allyn & Bacon.