Current Position

Sociology PhD Candidate, certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies

University of Illinois – Chicago, admitted August 2011

Dissertation title: Mediated Sexualities and the “Dating Apocalypse”: Gender, Race and Sexual Identity on Hookup Apps

Dissertation committee: Lorena Garcia (chair), Claire Decoteau, Paul-Brian McInerney, CJ Pascoe, Héctor Carrillo


2014, M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois – Chicago

MA paper: “Respectable Promiscuity: Digital Cruising and Queer Liberalism

2011, B.A. Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University

Research Interests

Sexualities; Science and Technology Studies (STS); LGBTQ studies; Race, Class and Gender; Feminist and Queer Theory, Body and Embodiment, Media studies


Peer Reviewed Articles

Ahlm, Jody. 2017. “Respectable Promiscuity: Digital Cruising in an Era of Queer Liberalism.” Sexualities 20(3): 364-79.

2017 Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Sexualities section of the American Sociological Association

Under Review: Ahlm, Jody. “Whites to the Front of the Line: Race and Sexual Preference on a Gay Hookup App.”

Book Chapters

Ahlm, Jody. 2016. “Transgender Biopolitics in the U.S.: Regulating Gender Through a Heteronormative Lens.” In Introducing the New Sexuality Studies 3rd edition, edited by Steven Seidman and Nancy Fischer. Routledge. 

Book Reviews

Ahlm, Jody. 2017. “Review of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men by Jane Ward.” Cultural Sociology 11(1): 136-37.

Monetary Awards and Grants


Student Research Grant, Fall 2015, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, Fall 2015, University of Illinois Chicago

David P. Street Masters Paper Award, 2015, University of Illinois Chicago 

Conference Papers

Ahlm, Jody. November 2017. (accepted panel) organizer and discussant: Contextualizing Pedagogies of Dissent: Experiences Across Institutional Settings. American Studies Association. Chicago.

Ahlm, Jody. August 2017. “Hookup Apps and the ‘Dating Apocalypse’: Sexual Scripts and the Social Shaping of Technology.” Media Sociology Preconference. American Sociological Association. Montreal.

Ahlm, Jody. August 2017. “Justifying Explicit Racism with Cultural Logics of Sexual Orientation: Racial Exclusion on a Gay Hookup App.” Regular Session. American Sociological Association. Montreal.

Ahlm, Jody. November 2016. “I’m Gay: Collective Reiteration and the Performative Queer Liberal Subject.” American Studies Association. Denver.

Ahlm, Jody. October 2016. “Born-This-Way Gays and Neoliberal Logics of Race.” After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship Conference. Organized by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies. New York City.

Ahlm, Jody. August 2015. “Respectable Promiscuity and Cybercarnality; Or, ‘Never show your face on pictures with your naughty bits.’” Science, Knowledge & Technology Section and Body & Embodiment Section joint-session. American Sociological Association. Chicago.

Ahlm, Jody. April 2014. “Biomedicine, Law, and Inclusionary Exclusion: The Creation of a Transgender Borderlands.” Gender Matters Conference. Governers State University.

Ahlm, Jody. April 2014. “Respectable Promiscuity: Digital Cruising and Queer Liberalism.” Engendering Change Graduate Student Conference. Northwestern University.

Ahlm, Jody. March 2012. “Race, Gender, and Symbolic Capital: An Intersectional Analysis of Black Transgender Masculinities.” Midwest Sociological Society. Minneapolis.

Invited Talks

“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” Visiting Scholar Talk. University of Chicago. June 2, 2016.

Public Scholarship

“Looking? The History of Hooking Up” Invited panelist. Chicago History Museum. May 19, 2016.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistant for Maria Krysan, University of Illinois Chicago, Summer 2012

Qualitative interview project on neighborhood perceptions in Chicago

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught

Social Problems, University of Illinois – Chicago (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)

Sociological Analysis: Sociology of the Cellphone, Northeastern Illinois University (Fall 2017)

Human Sexuality, University of Illinois – Chicago (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Social Inequalities—Writing Intensive Course, Northeastern Illinois University (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Summer 2016, Fall 2016)

Sociological Research Methods, Northeastern Illinois University (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)

Women, Men, and Social Change, Northeastern Illinois University (Spring 2015)

Urban Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University (Summer 2015)


Undocumented Student Ally Training, Northeastern Illinois University

Graduate Teaching Seminar, University of Illinois – Chicago

Academic Service

Graduate Student Representative, Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Society, 2016-2017

Co-organizer, Engendering Change Graduate Student Conference, April 2016

Student Advisory Board for Social Problems June 2014—May 2015

Abstracts Committee, Engendering Change Graduate Student Conference, March 2013

Colloquium Committee, Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012—2013

UIC Sociology Graduate Student Organization, Treasurer, 2011—2012

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association

American Studies Association


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