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Leah Marion Roberts

Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development

How do we teach and learn about sex and sexuality from intersectional perspectives that challenge power and cultivate well-being? What does it mean to be embodied, to experience knowledge from our bodies, and to claim our desires? How do we navigate a world where social norms and structures inform our everyday lived experiences of our bodies and ourselves? These questions shape my research, teaching and personal practices.  My research explores how we are taught and how we learn, formally and informally, about our bodies, our desire, and our sexual practices throughout the life course. I am particularly interested in how heteronormativity, white supremacy, ableism, classism and other forms of power inform and structure our embodied experiences and our sense of our sexual selves. Consequently, I explore how people navigate these forces to resist damaging narratives and cultivate well-being. My research uses the body, embodied practices, and narratives as sources to understand how the social and the phenomenological or experiential meet.