23 Apr 2019  |  

In January 2019, Dr Frank G. Karioris’s monograph An Education in Sexuality & Sociality: Heteronormativity on Campuswill be released by Lexington Books. Building on this publication, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program, in conjunction with X, Y, and Z is hosting a book launch panel to celebrate the release. The booksheds light on how the university as an institution endorses certain forms of sociality, sexuality, and coupling, while excluding others. Building on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book furthers the discussion on the impact these institutional measures have on students, and how students work through and around them – while simultaneously establishing relations outside of and beyond hooking-up. The panel, seeking to expand on the book and research, will present vignettes and components of the book complimented by current research by other members of the Pitt community.


This event will be of interest to scholars of gender, sexuality and women’s studies; cultural studies; and education.

When: 4pm to 5:30pm    |   January 31, 2019 

Where: 501 Cathedral of Learning



Maureen Porter, an anthropologist of education, studies the social construction of “education” and situated learning in culturally-specific communities of practice. Her engaged scholarship in schools, neighborhoods, and community organizations.


Mary Zaborskis is a Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the programs in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Children’s Literature. She completed her PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania and works at the intersection of queer, critical race, and childhood studies in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture. Her book project, tentatively entitled “Erotics of Education,” explores productions of queer childhood in boarding schools established for racialized, criminalized, and disabled children in the Progressive Era.


Larisa Mednis is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores issues of queer community building, safe spaces, and hook-up culture.


Frank G. Karioris is Visiting Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Director of the Center for Critical Gender Studies at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has published extensively on the topics of higher education, gender studies, and critical studies of men and masculinities.