Alexis Lewis

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Areas of Study: 

gender, sexualities, identities, inequalities


I am a PhD student at the University of Missouri. In 2016, I received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, double majoring in Sociology and Communication. My research interests involve the social construction of identities. I’m particularly interested in exploring the self-presentation of queer individuals on social media. Using qualitative methodologies with a focus on intersectionality, I am concerned with how systems of power and social inequalities are reified in society by learning from the lived experiences of marginalized groups. My current research is examining the experiences of queer student leaders of color in undergraduate campus organizations.

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Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2017  "'Maybe That Part of Me Doesn’t Need to Shine': Negotiating Intersectional Identities on College Campuses" Paper presentation at Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada.
  • 2017  "'You Can't Do It All': Experiences of Queer Student Leaders of Color Navigating Intersectionality in Campus Organizations". Paper presented at Midwestern Sociology Society. Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2016  "Lifting the Veil on Supermom: How mothers reconcile family food ideals with reality" Paper presented at Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.