Where are they now?

The recipients of SPAN funding have gone on to a wide range of significant activities in the field of sexuality studies. The following sections are organized by the recipients’ positions when they received funding. To learn more about other recipients of SPAN funding, click here.

By position: Faculty | Postdocs | Graduate Students



  • Michelle Birkett became Assistant Professor in Medical Social Sciences, switching from the research track to the tenure track. She now leads the CONNECT Program at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). After the SPAN award, she received an NIH Career Development Award focused on understanding network, multilevel, and contextual influences on racial disparities in HIV within young men who have sex with men; and an R01 which is producing a software tool to make it easier for social and behavioral health researchers to collect data on the social networks of vulnerable populations.
  • Bonnie H. Honig became the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University.
  • Michael Newcomb received two grants from the NIH based on the data collected with his SPAN award.

2016-2021       Principal Investigator, NIAAA, R01AA024065, Efficacy of Couples-Based HIV Prevention in Vulnerable Young Men. This grant seeks to evaluate the efficacy of the 2GETHER HIV prevention program for young male couples by conducted a randomized controlled trial of the program relative to a couples-based positive affect intervention. Total costs: $2,768,934.

2016-2021       Principal Investigator, NIDA, DP2DA042417, A New Approach to Integrating Primary and Secondary HIV Prevention in Young Male Couples. This grant will enhance couples-based HIV prevention programming for young substance-using male couples, including conducting a comparative effectiveness trial the 2GETHER intervention. Total costs: $1,500,000.

  • Mary Weismantel received an ACLS fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies) for 2018. Her project, entitled “Archaeologies of Sexuality: the Moche Sex Pots” builds on research previously funded by SPAN.



  • Kai M. Green became Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
  • Kirsten Leng became Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Aaron Norton became Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology at Northwestern University.
  • Evren Savci became Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University.


Graduate Students

  • Tera Agyepong became Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-Law Concentration and History of Law Minor at DePaul University.
  • Teri Chettiar became Collegiate Assistant Professor in History at the University of Chicago.
  • Marla Clayman became a Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research, a behavioral and social science research and evaluation organization based in Washington, DC.
  • Beth Corzo-Duchardt became a Visiting Assistant Professor in Media & Communication and Film Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
  • Maureen Craig became Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University.
  • Meiver De la Cruz became Visiting Professor of Dance at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
  • Connor Doak became a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Russian at the University of Bristol, UK. His research explores Russian literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present day, with a particular interest in how gender and sexuality are encoded formally in literature, drama and film.
  • Raff Donelson became Assistant Professor of Law and Philosophy at Louisiana State University.
  • Yakir Englander became one of the leaders of Kids4Peace, a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem.
  • Claudia Garcia-Rojas was awarded an École Normale Supérieure Doctoral Exchange Fellowship for 2017 from the French Interdisciplinary Group at Northwestern University and was named a Northwestern University Paris Program in Critical Theory Fellow.
  • Theodore Greene became Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.
  • Kareem Khubchandani became the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama & Dance and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Tufts University. His essay “Snakes on the Dance Floor: Bollywood, Gesture, and Gender” (part of his ethnographic project funded by SPAN) was the 2017 Gertrude Lippincott Award winner for the best English language essay in Dance Studies.
  • Jeff Kosbie became a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His SPAN-funded dissertation won honorable mention for best dissertation from the Law and Society Association in 2016.
  • Elias Krell became Assistant Professor of Women Studies at Vassar College.
  • Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson became a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Northwestern University.
  • Angela Maione became a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University.
  • Olive Melissa Minor became a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and a Research & Evaluation Officer with the International Rescue Committee. She works with IRC’s Research, Analysis, and Learning team to conduct rigorous research, evaluation, and design innovations. Previously, she worked with Oxfam, identifying socio-cultural factors prolonging the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone; and using anthropology to strengthen humanitarian crisis response in Tanzania.
  • Gregory C. Mitchell became an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
  • Liz Przybylski became Assistant Professor in Music at University of California-Riverdale.
  • João Queiroga became Assistant Professor in Residence in the Communication Program at Northwestern’s Qatar campus.
  • Shoniqua Roach became Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.
  • Ryan Stillwagon served as the editorial assistant of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2016-17).
  • Anna Terwiel became Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College-Hartford.
  • Alexander Thimons became Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University’s College of Communication.
  • Stefan Vogler was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Rhaisa Williams became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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