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 Jessica  Altice

Jessica Altice

Jessica Altice




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Curriculum Vitae


I am a second year Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Sociology here at the University of South Florida. I am continuing my studies in the Department of Sociology after receiving an M.A. here in 2016. I received a B.S. in Sociology from Radford University in 2011.

Broadly, my research interests include the sociology of gender and sexuality, with a focus on the situatedness of place, and social psychology (sociology of the self), particularly as it relates to identities and embodiment. Drawing from social constructionism, specifically symbolic interactionism, I focus on how people come to create and understand their social worlds.

My M.A. thesis, “’You Can Fight Logic…But You Can’t Fight God’”: The Duality of Religious Text and Church as Community for White Lesbians in Appalachian and Rural Places” examined how religion has a two-fold meaning for participants: one, it is a religious text that is used as a social control mechanism in the lives of lesbians and two, it is church as community, in which participants use church spaces to both make community among themselves as well as be a part of the larger community in their towns.

Research embedded within the space and place literature has not attended to, in much detail, the relationship between sexuality and a meaningful sense of “place,” much less how sexualities and places shape and are shaped by embodiment and identities. As I work towards my dissertation, I hope to continue using rural places as a setting for understanding how identities, specifically the identities of “women” and “lesbians,” are constructed, understood, accomplished, and embodied. My hope is, by using ethnomethodological and narrative approaches, I can come to understand how the situatedness of places can influence how we come to understand our selves, our bodies, our interactions, and our everyday lives.

Advisor : Sara Crawley