Faculty Research Workshop

Postponed until Fall 2020 - Next Workshop

Abi Ocobock, Sociology

How do Same-Sex Couples Get Engaged? Gender, Age, and Adherence to Heteronormative Marriage Scripts 

Abigail Ocobock Abigail Ocobock


Dr. Abigail Ocobock is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, with a concurrent appointment in Gender Studies. Her research combines family sociology and gender and sexualities studies with institutional sociology. Her work investigates how the institution of marriage shapes and constrains relationship aspirations, choices and experiences. Her current book project focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) individuals who gained access to legal marriage. Drawing on mixed methods research with 116 participants, it examines the institutional mechanisms through which marriage impacts their couple, family, and social relationships.

Sharing Research, Building Community

Our Program introduced the Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshop series in 2018. We host two workshops each semester and welcome the participation of Gender Studies faculty and students, as well as those in presenters’ home departments.

The series provides an opportunity for Gender Studies faculty members to share their scholarship or creative work and to get feedback from colleagues who share their interest in gender and sexuality studies. Our expectation is that the great diversity of perspectives and expertise among our faculty will improve everyone’s work by highlighting disciplinary blind spots, introducing scholars to new literature and emerging lines of inquiry, and fostering an interdisciplinary intellectual community for exchanging ideas related to gender and sexuality.

Request a Spot in Our Workshop Schedule

If you are interested in presenting your work at one of our workshops, please email the Director of Gender Studies.

“The faculty research workshop helped me hone a first, very rough draft into a focused publication. Given the interdisciplinary makeup of our Gender Studies Program, faculty from across a number of fields came to the presentation and asked compelling, helpful questions that helped me work through the issues I had identified at the outset. Thanks to the supportive, critical feedback I received, I left the workshop with a definitive, actionable plan for proceeding with my research.”

—Francisco Robles, Assistant Professor, English

The Gender Studies Faculty Research Workshop was an excellent opportunity to present new material to an interdisciplinary audience. Rarely are scholars offered the chance to draw feedback from so many different voices across the humanities. This, plus the casual atmosphere and collegial vibe, made it a really unique and enjoyable experience.

—Elyse Speaks, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Art History