Program: Sociology of Education
Research Interests: sexual and gender minority (SGM) student education, gender and sexuality alliance student clubs, SGM student “outness”, student school engagement, Queer Theory, educational inequity, identity development
Principal Advisor(s): Jamie Baldwin, Lisa Stulberg
Research Description/Bio: Hank Sherwood is a third-year, part-time doctoral student in the Sociology of Education program. His research interests focus on sexual and gender minority (SGM) students in academic spaces, SGM inequities and resilience in education, creating safe spaces for students in schools, and the impact of state and national policies on SGM student school engagement. He is currently researching if/how an SGM student’s self-reported level out “outness” maps to their academic engagement, the benefits of discussing immigration in gender and sexuality alliance (GSA) student clubs, and assessing principal leadership as it relates to SGM student experiences.
Hank works full-time as the Associate Director of Communications for NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing where he works with faculty and staff to provide resources and support for the College. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Hank attended Penn State University where he earned a BS in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. Upon graduation, he earned his teaching credential and taught seventh- and eighth-grade math in East Palo Alto, California for several years. After teaching, Hank attended Loyola Merry Mount University in Los Angeles where he earned an MA in Urban Education Policy and Administration. He is passionate about working towards educational equity for all and examining SGM student school experiences.
Selected Awards, Publications, and Presentations:
- “Benefit for Immigrant-Origin and Non-Immigrant-Origin Youth of Discussing Immigration in Gender and Sexuality Alliances” (under review)