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Council Member 2019-2022

Patrick R. Grzanka, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research on complex inequalities at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and he has published in a wide range of academic journals. He is the editor of Intersectionality: Foundations and Frontiers (Routledge, 2019), as well as the co-editor of two special journal issues: one on neoliberalism in Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2016) and one on intersectionality in Journal of Counseling Psychology (2017). His next book (under contract with Cambridge University Press) traces the “born this way” wars—fierce debates about the etiology of sexual orientation—in science, law, and the lives of sexual and gender minorities. He is associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and public engagement liaison for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. He was named the 2018 recipient of the Michele Alexander Early Career Award from SPSSI, and he has also received a SPSSI grant-in-aid to support research on reactions to protestors. He was PI on a 2016 state- and local- policy work grant from SPSSI to study the effects of Tennessee’s “conscience clause” law that enables counselors and therapists to deny services based on their “sincerely held principles.” He is active in various social movement organizations in Tennessee and currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood.