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Eric Swank

Associate Professor of Practice
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Assoc Professor of Practice - HArCS
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography: 

Eric Swank is an associate professor of practice at Arizona State University (Social and Cultural Analysis at ASU West). His research specializes in gender relations, sexualities, racism and social movements. With more than 60 publications, Swank writes on the ways that stigmatized populations accept and challenge social inequalities. In doing so, his studies explores the ways that education and heterosexist assumptions are related to minority stress, LGBT activism, sexual compliance and color-blind racism. His publications appear in Social Science Research, Sex Roles, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Homosexuality, Research in Higher Education, and other top journals. 

Swank also serves as the associate director of NCUIRE. This is a program that supports undergraduate research in the New College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Research Interests: 

My research focuses on the ways that stigmatized populations accept and challenge social inequalities. My most recent papers explores the link of sexual identities to particpation in several liberal and conservative social movements (Social Science Reserch) and why lesbians and gays protest more than heterosexuals (Politics, Groups & Identities). A newer paper on emotional labor among heterosexual couples was printed in Feminist Formations and another tries to explain sexuality differences in voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidental elections (Journal of GLBT Family Studies).  Lastly, I have some recent studies on how women refuse sexual pressure from their partners (Sex Roles), menstrual knowledge among college students (Women's Reproductive Health), and how gender attitudes and religion influence participation social movements that oppose abortion (Journal of Women, Politics & Policy; Politics & Religion).

 

Publications: 

Book

Fahs, Breanne, Mann, Annika, Swank, Eric and Stage, Sarah (eds.).  2018. Transforming Contagion: Anxieties, Modalities, Possibilities. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Journal Articles since 2016

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. Online first. “Friends or Foes? U.S. Women’s Perceptions of Racial Justice and the Black Lives Matter Protests During COVID-19.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.

Swank, Eric, and Fahs, Breanne. 2022. “I’ll Take the Check! A Longitudinal Replication Analysis of Gender Biases in Bill Placement from Restaurant Servers.Journal of Gender Studies, 31, 3: 377-389.

Swank, Eric.  2021. The Gender Conservatism of Prolife Activists.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. 42, 2:124-137.

​Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2021. “Refusals, Reciprocity, and Sexual Labor: Women discuss Negotiations around Oral and Anal Sex.” Sexuality & Culture. 25: 217-234.

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2021. “Menstrual Knowledge and Understandings of Normal and Extreme Bleeding: College Students’ Overestimation of the Typical Amount of Menstrual Blood.” Women’s Reproductive Health. 8, 2: 115-136.

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2021. “Sexualities in Revolt: Teaching Activism, Manifesto Writing, and Anti-Assimilationist Politics to Upper-Division Undergraduates.” American Journal of Sexuality Education, 16, 3: 375-393.   

Swank, Eric, Atteberry-Ash, Brittanie, Coulombe, Simone, and Woodford, Michael. 2020.  “Sexual Identity and Protesting among College Students: Exploring Political Distinctiveness Mediation Factors.” Social Justice Research, 33: 352-378.

Fahs, Breanne, Swank, Eric, and Shambe, Ayanna 2020. “‘I Just Go With It’: Negotiating Sexual Desire Discrepancies for Women in Partnered Relationships.” Sex Roles, 83:226-239.

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2020. “Making Space for a (Rebellious) Undergraduate Feminist Research Group.” Equity & Excellence in Education. 53:1-2, 244-258.

Swank, Eric. 2019. “The Political Distinctiveness of Gays and Lesbians: Explaining Protest actions across Sexual Identities.” Politics, Groups & Identities, 7:1-20.

Swank, Eric and Fahs, Breanne. 2019. “Explaining the Sexuality Gap in Protest Participation.” Journal of Homosexuality, 66 324-348.

Swank, Eric. 2019. “Sexual Identities and Racial Attitudes among Black, Latinx, and White Individuals.” Journal of Bisexuality. 19: 305-33.

Swank, Eric. 2018 “Sexual Identities and Participation in Liberal  and Conservative Social Movements.” Social Science Research, 74:176-186.

Swank, Eric. 2018. “Who Voted for Hillary Clinton? Sexual Identities, Gender, and Family Influences.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14: 21-42.

Swank, Eric and Fahs, Breanne. 2017. “College Students, Sexualities Identities, and Participation in Political Marches.” Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 14: 122-132.

Swank, Eric and Fahs, Breanne. 2017. "Understanding Feminist Activism among Women: Resources, Consciousness, and Social Networks." Socious: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 3: 1-9.

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2017. “Exploring Stigma of “Extreme” Weight Gain: The Terror of Fat Possible Selves in Women’s Responses to Hypothetically Gaining One Hundred Pounds.”Women’s Studies International Forum, 61: 1-8

Swank, Eric, and Fahs, Breanne. 2016. "Gay rights activism: collection action frames, networks, and protesting among gays, lesbians, and bisexuals." Journal of Civil Society 12, 430-447.

Swank, Eric, and Fahs, Breanne. 2016. "Resources, Masculinities, and Gender Differences Among Pro-life Activists." Sexuality & Culture, 20, 277-294.

Fahs, Breanne and Swank, Eric. 2016. “The Other Third Shift? Women’s Emotion Work in their Sexual Relationships.” Feminist Formations, 28, 46-69.

 

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
AMS 334Class in America
WST 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
AMS 201Intro to American Studies
WST 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
ETH 433RaceSexualities:Social Justice
WST 433RaceSexualities:Social Justice
JHR 598Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 200Intro:Social/Cultural Analysis
HRC 310Social & Cultural Stds/Theory
MAS 585Capstone Course
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
WST 100Women, Gender, and Society
WST 493Honors Thesis
WST 494Special Topics
ETH 494Special Topics
MAS 598Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 310Social & Cultural Stds/Theory
WST 492Honors Directed Study
MAS 501Mthd Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 380Race, Gender, and Class
ETH 380Race, Gender, and Class
WST 380Race, Gender, and Class
WST 494Special Topics
ETH 494Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 310Social & Cultural Stds/Theory
MAS 501Mthd Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 334Class in America
WST 394Special Topics
ETH 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HRC 310Social & Cultural Stds/Theory
MAS 501Mthd Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Editorships: 
  • Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Editorial Board (2021-Present)
  • Psychology & Sexuality, Editorial Board (2017-Present)
  • Journal of College and Character, Editorial Board (2015 -Present)
  • Journal of Poverty, Editorial Board (1997- Present)
Service: 
  • NCUIRE, Associate Director (2015 - Present)