Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2007
Housing Inequalities, Sexual Harassment in the Housing Context, Intersections of Race, Gender, & Class, Sexualities
1080B General Classroom Building
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Tester joined the sociology faculty at Georgia State University in the fall of 2007, after receiving his PhD in Sociology from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the department’s “Race and Urban” and “Gender and Sexuality” concentrations. Dr. Tester is also affiliated faculty with GSU’s Partnership for Urban Health Research.
Dr. Tester’s previous research focused on gender, race and familial status discrimination in housing, sexual harassment in housing, age discrimination in the workplace, and the role of threat in mobilizing early AIDS activists. He is currently working on a longitudinal project led by Erin Ruel, Deirdre Oakley, and Lesley Reid investigating the demolition of project-based public housing in Atlanta, Georgia, and the forced relocation of residents. As part of this project, he is interested in the meaning of home and place attachment for public housing residents. He is also currently collecting data for a project exploring: 1) the social networks and the health and well-being of older gay men; 2) the meaning of home and place attachment for older gay men; and 3) how older gay men experience aging and negotiate masculinity and their presentation of self in everyday life.
At Georgia State he teaches various undergraduate classes, including Social Research Methods, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Problems, and Activism, Protest and Revolutions. At the graduate level, he teaches Research Methods and Social Movements.