Curriculum vitae




2017-18      Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Drew University




2011-            PhD in Sociology (Expected May 2018)

Present        City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center

                     Certificate: Women’s Studies; Concentration: LGBTQ Studies


                      Dissertation: Toxic Publics, NYC: Catcalling, LGBTQ-Directed Harassment and 

                      Everyday Violence (Chair: Phil Kasinitz).


2014              MA in Sociology

                      Brooklyn College

2008              Masters in Public Health

                      New York University

                      Concentration: Community Public Health

2006              BA in Biology

                      New York University

                      Minors: Anthropology, Russian Studies



Sex & Gender, Sexualities, Criminology, Race & Ethnicity, Urban Sociology.




2017              Kolysh, Simone. Straight Gods, White Devils: Exploring Paths to Non-Religion in the Lives of Black LGBTQ People. Secularism and

                      Nonreligion 6, p.2. DOI


Book Chapters

2017               Kolysh, Simone. “Neither Queer Nor There: Becoming a Raging Lesbian Scholar” in Negotiating the Emotional Challenges of Doing Deeply      

                       Personal Research eds Alexandra C.H. Nowakowski and J.E. Sumerau. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Publishing Group.    



2016               Kolysh, Simone. “Transgender Movements in the United States” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality

                       Studies eds Nancy Naples et. al. London: Wiley- Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss759.


Book Reviews

2013               Kolysh, Simone. Book review of Khiara M. Bridges, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization. Social

                       Problems Forum: SSSP Newsletter 44(3):12.

2013               Unsigned review of Jenny Sunden and Malin Sveningsson, Gender and Sexuality in Online Games: Passionate Play. Contemporary

                       Sociology 42(1):137-8.


Online Publications

2016                Kolysh, Simone. On Grief As Pedagogy. Published October 4, 2016. Website: The Feminist Wire.

2016                Kolysh, Simone. Queer Bowls: On Mothering as Failure, Healing and Survival. Published August 11, 2016. Website: Write Where It Hurts.

2016                Kolysh, Simone. Of Children Born: The Journey of an Agender Lesbian Mother. Published May 18, 2016. Website: Write Where It Hurts.

fellowships and grants (TOTAL: $50,201)


2016-17            Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship, Kingsborough Community College, $23,000.

2016                  Duberman-Zal Fellowship, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, honorable mention.

2016                  Doctoral Student Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center, $1000.

2016                  ESS Travel Grant, Eastern Sociological Society, $400.

2014                  Doctoral Student Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center, $1000.

2014                  Provost’s Summer Research Award, CUNY Graduate Center, $4000.

2013-14             Quantitative Reasoning Fellowship, City College, $20,801.


Scholarships and AWARDS (Total: $2,510)


2015                  Conference Presentation Support Fund, CUNY Graduate Center, $300.

2014                  National Women’s Studies Association Lesbian Caucus Scholarship, $500.

2013                  Conference Presentation Support Fund, CUNY Graduate Center, $300.

2012                  Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship, CUNY University Student Senate, $1000.

2012                  ADJ-CET Professional Development Fund, Professional Staff Congress, $410.


internal funding (TOTAL: $83,253)


2011-16             Tuition Remission, CUNY Graduate Center, $23,040.

2012-16             Federal Work Study Award, CUNY Graduate Center, $28,002.

2012-14             Dean K. Harrison Award, CUNY Graduate Center, $11,000.

2013                  University Fellowship Award, CUNY Graduate Center, $4950.

2011-12             Graduate Assistantship B Award, CUNY Graduate Center, $16, 261.



Visiting Assistant Professor (Undergraduate)

Drew University

2017-18           Introduction to Sociology

                        Social Problems

                        Gender & Health

Adjunct Professor (Undergraduate)

Brooklyn College

2013-16            Introduction to Women’s Studies (8 times)                          

2012-16            Fundamental Concepts in LGBTQ Studies (5 times)

2013-16            Women’s Sexualities (4 times)

2016                 Parenting & Gender – a course I created (1 time)

2013-14            Aging in America (2 times)


Lehman College

2016                  The Aged in Modern Society (1 time)                                              

2015-16             Urban Sociology (2 times)


Metropolitan College of New York

2015                  Social and Developmental Psychology: The Family (1 time)                  


Fashion Institute of Technology

2013-15             Introduction to Sociology (3 times)

2014                  Cross-Cultural Studies (1 time)


Borough of Manhattan Community College

2011-13             Introduction to Sociology (6 times)


Queens College

2012                   Human Sexuality (1 time)


Teaching Assistant (Graduate)

CUNY Graduate Center

2016                   Quantitative Research Methods, Urban Education (1 time)

2012-13              Statistics I and II, Sociology (1 time)



2008                  Research Assistant, PI: Bruce Rapkin, PhD, Queens Library Healthink Project, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

2008                  Data Collector, Center for Health and Public Service Research, New York University.

2006-7               Data Collector, Child and Family Policy Center, New York Univeristy.

2004-6               Research Assistant, PI: David Fitch, PhD, Biology Department, New York University.

2000-2               Research Assistant, PI: Josef Michl, PhD, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.



2017               “Straight Gods, White Devils: Exploring Paths to Non-Religion in the Lives of Black LGBTQ People.” Thematic Roundtable on Race &

                         Urban Development. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada.

2017              "What Collegiality? Applying Intersectionality to our Many Academic Battles.Sociologists for Women in Society Summer Meeting.    

                         Montreal, Canada.

2017              “'You Should Follow Me on Tumblr': On the Pedagogical Utility of Popular Culture and Social Media Platforms.” Panel. Eastern

                         Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 

2016               “Intersectionality as Intervention: Decentering Whiteness in the College Classroom.” 7th Annual Diversity in Research and Practice

                         Conference. Teacher’s College, Columbia University. New York, NY. Also presented at Academic Vulnerabilities: A DSC Conference on

                         Diversity. The CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY.

2016                “Building a Meta-Queer Methodology: On Queer Ruptures and Procedures in Social Inquiry.” Refereed Roundtables. American

                          Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.

2016               “Drying ‘White Tears’: Interrogating Whiteness and Combating Racism in a Multiracial Classroom” (panel) and “Surviving Graduate

                         School: The Ups and Downs of Doing ‘Mesearch’ on Marginalized Populations” (workshop). Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.

                         Boston, MA.

2016                "Surviving Graduate School: The Ups and Downs of Doing 'Mesearch' on Marginalized Populations." Workshop. Eastern Sociological

                         Society Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

2016                 “Straight Gods, White Devils: On the Role of Christianity in Black Queer Lives.” Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting.

                           Memphis, TN.

2015                 “Can We Be Queer Here? The Formations and Extinctions of Queer Women’s Sexualities.” Refereed Roundtables. American Sociological

                           Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

2015                 “I Found My Gender Outside: Effects of Cat Calling and LGBTQ-Directed Microaggressions and Harassment on the Streets of NYC.”

                           Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting. Washington, D.C.

2014                 “Cat-Calling as Heterosexual Norm: An Ethnographic Study of Men that Cat-Call” and “Foglet Feminism: Keeping Intersectionality in

                           Tension with Assemblage and Learning from Utility Fog. Refereed Roundtables. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.

                           San Francisco, CA.

2014                 “From the Cat-Call to the Slur: How Gender and Sexuality are Shaped by the Streets.” Queering the Quotidian: Differential and Contested

                           Spaces Within Neoliberalism Symposium. The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life. Georgia State

                           University, Atlanta, GA.

2013                 “An Intersectional Critique of Dabhoiwala’s Origins of Sex and the Slutwalk Phenomenon” and “On Foglets, Storms and Feminisms:

                           Learning from Utility Fog, Occupy Wall Street and the OccupySandy Response.” Annual Women & Society Conference. Marist College,

                           Poughkeepsie, NY.

2013                 “No Disrespect: Talking to Cat-Callers on the Streets of New York.” Paper presented at Critical Dialogue: Contesting Gender Presentation

                           session. Society for the Study of Social Problems 2013 Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

2013                “That Which Makes Gender: How Race, Class and Sexuality Shape Lives of Black Transgender/Gender-Variant People in the U.S.” Eastern

                          Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

2012                “Theorizing Gender Presents and Futures” and “Gendered While Black: An Historical Analysis of Black Gender ‘Deviance.’” Annual

                          Women & Society Conference. Marist College. Poughkeepsie, NY.

2012                  "Interdisciplinary Beyond Discipline" and "Techknowledgies - a Seminar Inquiry into the Politics and Practice of Pedagogy in an Era of

                           Enhanced Techno-Fetishism in Higher Education." Cultural Studies Association Meeting. San Diego, CA.

invited TALKs


2017                 "Teaching Intersectionality." Workshop Facilitator. Borderlands: A Critical Graduate Symposium. University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT.

2016                 “Plenary Session: LGBTQ Scholarship After Marriage” After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and  

                           Scholarship Conference. Plenary Moderator. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. New York, NY.

2016                 “On The Path to Inclusion: Breaking Down LGBT Identities.” U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical 

                           Defense. Baltimore, MD.

2016                “When Borders Collapse: On Marginality in Academia.” Borderlands: A Critical Graduate Symposium. University of

                          Connecticut. Storrs, CT.

2016                “City As Methodology.” Sociology Doctoral Student Conference: Shifting Boundaries, Enacting Change. Plenary Participant.

                          The CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY.

2015                “Managing Classroom Discussion of Hot Button Topics.” 4th Annual Purposeful Pedagogy Workshop. Co-Facilitator. The CUNY

                          Graduate Center. New York, NY.

2014                “Raising Feminist, Gender-Critical Children.” May Day Free University. New York, NY.

2013                “An Introduction to Intersectionality and Queer Terminology.”  LGBTQ Studies Workshop Series. Brooklyn College. 

                          Brooklyn, NY.

2013                “Feminism and Parenting: A Workshop for Parents, Caregivers and Allies.” Co-Facilitator. A Scholar & a Feminist Conference. 

                          Barnard Center for Research on Women. New York, NY.

2013                "’Self’: Time Management and Preparing to teach Challenging Issues (like LGBT, Race, etc.) as an Activist (or Not).” Co-Facilitator. 2nd

                          Annual Purposeful Pedagogy Workshop. The CUNY Graduate Center. New York, NY.

professional development


2017                 Active Learning Institute. Lehman-BCC HIS-STEM Pathways to Success. Lehman College. Bronx, NY.

2016                 Teaching Writing Across the Disciplines! Writing Across the Curriculum's Two-Day Institute. Lehman College. Bronx, NY.

press & interviews


2016                  Interview: Simone Kolysh AM2016 #DoingSociology. ASA.

2016                  Interview: Simone Kolysh on Activist Pedagogy.

2015                  Brown, Sarah. Should a Syllabus Ever Tell Students What to Say?

2015                  Anderson, Leigh. Don’t Tell My Toddler She Looks Like Mae West.

2014                  Anderson, Leigh. Street Harassment Has Created a New Gender.



2011                  American Sociological Association, Section: Sex & Gender, Sexualities, Racial & Ethnic Minorities, Community

                          & Urban Sociology, Teaching & Learning.

2013                  Eastern Sociological Society.

2014                  Sociologists for Women in Society.

2018                  Association of Black Sociologists.



2017-18           Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Scholars Committee, Sociologists for Trans Justice. 

2017-18           Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Sociology; Violence and Gender

2017-18           Co-Chair, Committee on the Status of Women, ESS.

2017-18           Chair, Sociologists' LGBTQ Caucus, ASA.

2016-17           Graduate Student Committee Member, Sociologists for Trans Justice. 

2016-18           Student Representative, Committee on Research, Graduate Council, CUNY Grad Center.

2016-17           Student Representative, Community and Urban Sociology Section, ASA.

2012-16           Student Representative (Sociology), Graduate Council, CUNY Grad Center.

2015-16           Member, Faculty Membership Committee, Sociology, CUNY Grad Center.

2015-16           Programming Committee Co-Chair, Planning Committee Member, Sociology Doctoral Student

                        Conference: Shifting Boundaries, Enacting Change, CUNY Grad Center.

2014-16           Member, Student Sociological Association, Sociology, CUNY Grad Center.

2013                "Gender, Education, and Knowledge" roundtable presider. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New York, NY.



2009-11            Patient Navigator, Department of Patient and Family Services, American Cancer Society, Brooklyn, NY. Maintained a caseload of 50

                         cancer patients per week; processed applications for financial help resulting in over $750,000 obtained aid.


2009                 SPARK Program Coordinator, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Conducted citywide site visits, oversaw site recruitment

                         and organized workshops for staff on physical activity.


2008                  Intern, Triangle Project, Cape Town, South Africa.

                          Conducted literature review and created educational materials focused on female-to-female HIV transmission and safe sex practices

                          between same-sex couples for use in organizational outreach activity.


2008                  Intern, Care for the Homeless, NYC.

                          Worked with Director of Policy, received an overview of coalition work, collaborative partnerships and policy decision-makers.

                          Conducted research and literature reviews on housing reform and the Housing First initiative.



2011                 Steering Committee Member, Queer Commons.

                         Planned and ran free educational events for LGBTQ people of NYC.


2010                 Transgender Programming Workgroup Member, Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

                         Attended BCPC's Transgender Programming Workgroup and planned programming.


2004-6              Volunteer, Saint Vincent Medical Center.

                          Contributed 400 hours as part of the pre-health service and learning rotation program.


2002-8               Outspoken Peer Educator, New York University LGBTQ Office.

                          Planned and facilitated training, outreach and advocacy to more than 1000 staff and students, co-ran Pride Month, directed Diva Ball and

                          coordinated 40 peer educators.



SPSS 20.0 – Statistical Package for the Social Sciences; STATA (limited), HLM 7 (limited).

Analytic methods: descriptive analysis, linear and logistic regression, and factor analysis.

MS Office Suite, Outlook, Access (limited).

Languages: proficient in conversational and written Russian.



Phil Kasinitz, Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY,

Patricia Clough, Professor, Graduate Center, CUNY,

Matt Brim, Associate Professor, College of Staten Island,

Prudence Cumberbatch, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College,