Melina Constantine Miseo

Research and Teaching: 
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Culture and Identity
  • Social Inequalities

I am currently a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at the University of Missouri. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Western New England University (2015) in Springfield, MA, and my Master’s degree from University of Missouri (2017) in Columbia, MO. My research interests broadly focus on gender-diverse communities, and how individuals negotiate their identities and carve out spaces for their community in a gender binary based society. My current research examines transgender & non-binary youth and their parents; particularly how these parents navigate the social and medical worlds of having a child who is transgender.

Awards and Honors: 

G. Ellsworth Huggins Fellowship

Select Publications: 

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2015 Eastern Sociological Society: “I’m Not Like Them”; Transgender Identity Construction and Stigma Management
  • 2016 Midwest Sociological Society: Cisgendering of the Social World; Symbolic Erasure of Transgender Lives and Experiences
  • 2017 Midwest Sociological Society: Parenting of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth: Stories of Transition