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.



  • Abram J. (AJ) Lewis became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Women’s. and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.
  • Mitali Thakor became Assistant Professor of Science in Society at Wesleyan University in Middleton, CT.
  • 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.
  • Savina Balasubramanian started a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago in Fall 2018.
  • Karlia Brown received the Alumni Funds Grant from the Northwestern University Sociology Department, as well a SPAN Summer Research Grant.
  • Ivan Bujan organized a workshop co-sponsored by GSS and SPAN entitled “RAGE IS SUSTAINABLE ONLY WHEN SHARED: a workshop for the angry and the hopeful by Charles Long and Theodore Kerr, members of an activist collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?”
  • Teri Chettiar became Collegiate Assistant Professor in History at the University of Chicago.
  • Andrea Christmas received support from from The Sexualities Project at Northwestern, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, The Graduate School, and the History Department. She presented her research at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference (Rome, Italy), co-organized an interdisciplinary workshop at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France), and guest lectured at the Université de Lille 3 (Lille, France).
  • 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.
  • Cara Nash Dickason presented work on gender and surveillance in early television at the conferences Console-ing Passions and Film and History, and on girls’ sexual selfies at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies conferences.
  • 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.
  • Clare Forstie became an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College.
  • 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 completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and 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.  From 2016-2018, Elias was a César Chávez Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College, and a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Women Studies from 2014-2016 at Vassar College.
  • Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson became a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Northwestern University.
  • Alyssa Lynne received a Buffett Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award and a SPAN Summer Research Grant in Summer 2017 to conduct ethnographic research with kathoey in Bangkok, Thailand. She presented at the 2018 Engendering Change Conference at University of Chicago and completed her second year paper, entitled, “‘Being You is Not Sick’: (De)medicalization of Thai Kathoey Identity.” Alyssa has also been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) to study intermediate Thai at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) during Summer 2018 and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) for 2018-2022.
  • Angela Maione became a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University.
  • Tova Markenson received research support from the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Chicago YIVO Society, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), Northwestern’s School of Communication, and The Graduate School. She presented at the Institute of Art and Performance (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), and at the Latin American Jewish Studies Association Regional Conference (Columbia University, USA) with support from SPAN. Tova also contributed interviews with former Argentine Yiddish actresses to the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (DYTP) as a new DYTP member. In the coming academic year, Tova will be a SPAN Dissertation Fellow.
  • 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.
  • Bahram Naderil received the Arryman Scholarship from the Indonesian Scholarships and Research Support Foundation, a SPAN Summer Research Grant, a Foster-FAN Summer Research Grant, and a TGS Graduate Research Grant from Northwestern.
  • Lital Pascar received support from Northwestern’s Gender & Sexualities Studies Program, The Sexualities Project at Northwestern, and The Graduate School. She presented her research on consensual non-monogamy at the Rhetoric Society of America’s conference, the National Communication Association conference, and at Console-ing Passions: International Conference on media and Feminism. She participated in panels about teaching and gender at the American Studies Association conference, and at Northwestern’s Graduate Learning and Teaching Symposium. Lital also published a book chapter, “From Homonormativity to Polynormativity: Representing Consensual Non-Monogamy,” in After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship. Her co-edited Special Issue on “Queer safe Spaces” and an article titled “The Right to Jerusalem:  The Danger of Queer Safe Spaces” were accepted for publication in Borderlands journal.
  • Whitney Pow also received a grant from the German Research Foundation to present their invited work at the Queer Temporalities & Media Aesthetics Workshop in Bochum, Germany. Their article, “Reaching Toward Home: Software Interface as Queer Orientation in the Video Game Curtain” was published by the journal The Velvet Light Trap (UT Press). Whitney also presented their work at Backward Glances, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Screen Cultures Colloquium, the GSS Colloquium, and the JASON National Educators’ Conference.
  • 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 African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University.
  • Ryan Stillwagon served as the editorial assistant of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2016-17).  Ryan is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia
  • 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. He also presented work at several conferences, including those of the American Sociological Association, Law & Society Association, and Society for the Social Studies of Science. Additionally, Stefan recently received the Karpf Peace Prize from the NU Sociology Department for his research on LGBTQ asylum law. In July 2018, Stefan began his position as Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.
  • Rhaisa Williams became a Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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