Aaron Hoy, Associate Professor

Interim Sociology Programs Coordinator (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Address: 113L Armstrong Hall
Phone: (507)-389-1038
Email: aaron.hoy@mnsu.edu


Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University, 2018

Research Interests

  • Families
  • Sexualities
  • Sex and Gender
  • Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 208: Families in Society
  • SOC 458/558: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 480/580: Qualitative Methods
  • SOC 483/583: Contemporary Families
  • SOC 605: Graduate Seminar: Social Research
  • SOC 606: Graduate Seminar: Sociological Theory 

Academic Biography

Aaron Hoy, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology whose research and teaching focus on families, sexualities, sex and gender, and qualitative methods. In particular, Dr. Hoy's research has explored the experience and meaning of transitions in and out of marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people as well as LGBTQ+ young adults' marital attitudes and aspirations. In addition, Dr. Hoy is now working on a qualitative research study examining cannabis use among parents of children under the age of 18. He is an active member of the Sociologists of Minnesota (SOM) and the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS), and he currently serves as Editor at The Qualitative Report (TQR), the world's oldest multidisciplinary journal focusing on qualitative research.

Selected Publications

Hoy, Aaron and Emily M. Boyd, Editors. 2024. The Sociology of Families Reader: Issues, Perspectives, and Debates. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Hoy, Aaron, Editor. 2022. The Social Science of Same-Sex Marriage: LGBT People and Their Relationships in the Era of Marriage Equality. New York: Routledge.

Hoy, Aaron, Anfa Diiriye*, and Emily Gunderson*. 2022. “Divorce Ideation and ‘Deal Breakers’ among Married Gay Men and Lesbians: A Qualitative Exploration.” Journal of Family Issues 43(1): 164-185.

Hoy, Aaron, Sachita Pokhrel**, and Jori Adrianna Nkwenti*. 2021. “Who’s Afraid of Divorce? Sexual Minority Young Adults’ Perspectives on Divorce.” Social Sciences 10(12): 483.

Hoy, Aaron. 2020. “Accounting for Same-Sex Divorce: Relationship- vs. Self-Focused Divorce Accounts and the Meanings of Marriage among Gays and Lesbians.” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 61(5): 320-343.

Hoy, Aaron and Andrew S. London. 2018. “The Experience and Meaning of Same-Sex Sexuality among Heterosexually Identified Men and Women: An Analytic Review.” Sociology Compass 12(7): e12596.

Hoy, Aaron. 2018. “Invisibility, Illegibility, and Stigma: The Citizenship Experiences of Divorced Gays and Lesbians.” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 59(2): 69-91.

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