As a disabled scholar and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, Kyle Callen’s research spans a variety of areas including gender, sexuality, disability, identity, deviance, race, Native American/Indigenous issues, social theory, and the sociology of knowledge. He has published work on the intersections between disability and sexuality in Sexualities (2022) and Sexual Deviance and Society, Second Edition (2021), highlighting the various theoretical perspectives undergirding research on disabilities and sexualities as well as their unique “problematizations” of the sexual marginalization of different groups of people with disabilities. His dissertation consists of three projects. The first project explores the role of eugenics within the early American reproductive rights movement and its legacies within contemporary debates on reproductive rights/justice. The second project explores the socially constructed nature of sexual desire and attraction across three key areas of sexualities scholarship: social spaces/contexts, bodies and pleasures, and sexual identities. The third project utilizes life narrative methodology among men to better understand the relationship between disability and masculinity within processes of identity construction among people with disabilities/impairments who identify as male. Finally, his work on Indigenous issues explores socioeconomic differences between Native American tribes and their connections to discourses on Native identity, capitalism, tribal economic development, and tribal sovereignty. In the end, all of these projects speak to Kyle’s larger research agenda of exploring the complexities of marginalization and empowerment within society and the various strategic deployments of empowerment amongst a variety of marginalized groups (e.g., people with disabilities and Indigenous groups).
Research Interests: Gender, Sexualities, Disability Studies, Native American/Indigenous Studies, Sociology of Knowledge
Dissertation Title: Eugenics, Sexuality, and Gender: Modern Constructions of Normality and Deviance (Spring 2024 expected)
Dissertation Committee: Meredith Worthen (Chair), Sam Perry, Ann Beutel, Michelle Velasquez-Potts (WGS), Paul D.C. Bones (Texas Woman’s University)