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Elliot Ruggles

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Elliot Ruggles is currently serving full-time as a Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education Advocate (SHARE) at Brown University and holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies and a Master’s in Social Work from Widener University. They have been teaching, providing therapy and conducting research in the fields of social work and sexuality for ten years. He has been working in higher education since June 2013 when he took a post as the first full-time director of SUNY Oneonta’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. As an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, they co-chaired a sexuality peer education program, conducting and developing workshops with fellow students.

He has experience providing trauma informed care for diverse populations, including leading a sexuality education and life skills group program for teen mothers in Philadelphia, leading groups of medical students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and running therapy groups for children who experience sexual abuse. He has worked with people in recovery from addiction, queer and trans people, and youth. He has lectured in various undergraduate classroom settings in departments including sociology, psychology, political science and women and gender studies.

They have conducted both collaborative and independent research, specializing in social historical qualitative research. Since studying at Widener University, he has focused on the diverse ways people express sexuality that don’t always follow the norms set out by Western patriarchal understandings of sexuality. Their dissertation, “Queering Sexual Development: A Phenomenological Life History Study of People who Fall Outside Gender and Sexuality Norms” is a culmination of that research.

His work is informed by social theory and anti-oppression principles, and they are a fierce advocate for queer and trans people; striving for anti-racist practice.

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