Brittany Presson

Brittany Presson
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Areas of Study: 

Symbolic Interaction, Health, Narrative & Identity

Research and Teaching: 

Social Deviance, Self and Society, Sociology of Health


Originally from rural West Tennessee, I received my bachelor’s of art in Sociology from Bethel University in 2011. I earned my Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Memphis in 2014 and am currently working on my doctorate here at MU. My research interests are broadly situated in areas of Culture, Identity, Interaction, and Health, with an emphasis in micro sociology and everyday lives.

Much of my current and previous work centers on self-injury experiences as told through life-history interviews. In my publication in the Journal of Deviant Behavior, I describe the narrative resources used by participants to accept, reject, or exempt from the pathologies surrounding self-injury. In another paper, I have examined the continuums of meaning making through participant accounts. For my dissertation, I hope to diversify my methodological repertoire by conducting ethnographic fieldwork related to health and identity.

I currently teach Social Deviance and hope to teach self and society, honors intro, and sociology of health, in the future. I have guest lectured for large and small intro to sociology courses, Sociology of the Family, Contemporary Theory (at University of Memphis), and other social deviance courses. I have served as a teaching assistant in Intro to Sociology, Honors Intro to Sociology, Social Inequality, Sociology of the Family, Queer Theories and Identities, Sociology of Religion (Memphis), Marriage and Family (Memphis), and Graduate Sociology of Gender (Memphis).

Select Publications: 

Paper sessions: International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry (2014, 2016), Mid-Western Sociological Society (2015, 2016), Southern Demographic Association (2014),

Round table sessions: American Sociological Association (2015), Sociologists for Women in Society (2014).

Presided: American Sociological Association (2015)

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