Andrew R. Flores
ANDREW R. FLORES is assistant professor of government at American University and visiting scholar at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Dr. Flores’s research focuses on attitude formation and change about marginalized groups, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBT) and the implementation of LGBTQ-related policies as a result of such attitudes. He also studies the political behavior of LGBT people with a central focus on the role of linked-fate in LGBTQ politics. Dr. Flores has examined the demography of LGBT people, and has published estimates of the number of adults who identify as transgender in the United States. He has also documented the experiences of LGBT people when interacting with state institutions and the effect of LGBTQ-related public policies and elections on LGBTQ people and the general public. Dr. Flores’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; American Journal of Public Health; Public Opinion Quarterly; and Political Psychology. He has a Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.
Gary J. Gates
GARY J. GATES is a recognized expert on the geography and demography of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. He co-authored The Gay and Lesbian Atlas and was the Blachford-Cooper distinguished scholar and research director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law prior to his retirement. Dr. Gates also served as senior researcher at Gallup and as research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He has published extensively on the demographic and economic characteristics of the LGBT population and national and international media outlets regularly feature his work. He provided expert witness testimony in DeBoer v. Snyder, one of the four cases challenging state bans on marriage for same-sex couples heard by the U.S. Supreme Court as part of Obergefell v. Hodges. Justice Anthony Kennedy cited Gates’ friend-of-the-court brief in his majority opinion in Obergefell holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. Dr. Gates has a Ph.D. in public policy and management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
ANGELIQUE HARRIS is founding director of the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies, director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program, and associate professor of sociology in the department of social and cultural sciences, all at Marquette University. Her research and teaching interests include: the sociology of health and illness; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; religion; and social movements. Dr. Harris’s research examines social problems and issues within marginalized communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and those at their intersections. She also looks at sociopolitical involvement and community engagement within marginalized communities and how disadvantaged groups understand, construct, and respond to health issues as well as how the marginalization and stigmatization they experience in their various communities impact their access to health care. Dr. Harris has authored and co-authored several books, including: Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable; AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole; and The Intersection of Race and Sexuality book series, which examines the lives and experiences of queer Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific Islander populations across the United States. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler
MARK L. HATZENBUEHLER is associate professor of sociomedical sciences and sociology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His research focuses on structural stigma, social/contextual determinants of sexual orientation health disparities, and biopsychosocial mechanisms linking stigma to health. He has published 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and his work has been published in several leading journals, including: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Psychological Bulletin; American Psychologist; American Journal of Public Health; JAMA Pediatrics; and JAMA Psychiatry. In recognition of this work, he received the 2015 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the 2016 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the 2018 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 44). Dr. Hatzenbuehler previously served on the Committee on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015-2016. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University.
TONIA POTEAT is assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and on faculty in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Dr. Poteat’s research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on LGBTQ health and HIV with particular attention to the role of stigma in driving health disparities. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the health of transgender adults, and serves as associate editor for the journal, LGBT Health. Dr. Poteat is a certified physician assistant, who provides care for people living with HIV at the UNC Infectious Disease Clinic, and currently serves on the Sexual and Gender Minority Working Group for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office. She has a Ph.D. in international health/social and behavioral interventions from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sari L. Reisner
SARI L. REISNER is assistant professor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, which is based in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of transgender health research at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Reisner’s research addresses health disparities in Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) populations, with specialization in transgender health and in adolescent and young adult health. Dr. Reisner is an investigator of multiple LGBTQ health studies funded domestically and internationally, including as PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project to enroll and follow physical and mental health outcomes in a cohort of 4,500 transgender patients in Boston and New York City. He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed journal articles in LGBTQ health, and was profiled in The Lancet in 2016 as a global leader in transgender health. He has a Sc.D. in social and psychiatric epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Stephen T. Russell
STEPHEN T. RUSSELL is the Priscilla Pond Flawn regents professor in child development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and a faculty member in the Population Research Center, both at the University of Texas-Austin. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, LGBT youth, and parent-adolescent relationships and currently serves on the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. Dr. Russell published a series of papers, which were the first to document significant health risks among sexual-minority adolescents using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. He continues to study health risk and resilience among this population, with an emphasis on gender and cultural differences, and serves as an expert in the role of school policies, programs, and practices in supporting adolescent adjustment, achievement, and health. Dr. Russell has been involved in community and professional organizations throughout his career, including as human relations commissioner in Durham, NC; Davis, CA; and Tucson, AZ. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.
DEBRA J. UMBERSON is professor of sociology and director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research focuses on social determinants of health across the life course, with attention to social ties, health disparities, and the use of blended research methods. Much of her recent work considers how spouses influence each other’s health-related behavior, mental health, and health care, and how these processes vary across gay, lesbian, and heterosexual unions. Dr. Umberson documents racial/ethnic differences in exposure to the death of family members over the life course, and implications for health. She is an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2015 Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award for research on aging, and the 2016 recipient of the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health. She is a past editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.