Aaron Hoy, Assistant Professor

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


  • 2018     Ph.D.     Sociology, Syracuse University, 2018
  • 2014     C.A.S.    Women’s & Gender Studies, Syracuse University
  • 2014     M.A.      Sociology, Syracuse University
  • 2010     B.A.       Sociology, Ohio University

Areas of Interest

  • Families
  • Sexualities
  • Sex and Gender
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Research Methods

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Families in Society
  • The Family and Society
  • Family Dynamics of Aging

Academic Biography
Aaron Hoy is a sociologist whose research examines how the multiple dimensions of sexuality, including sexual identities, behaviors, and desires, shape the experience and meaning of family life, especially marriage and divorce. In one line of research, he uses in-depth interviews to explore transitions in and out of marriage among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people. In particular, his work focuses on the legitimacy that marriage can provide for same-sex couples and what this means in terms of marital quality, family ties, and feelings of belonging and inclusion in society. In a separate line of research, Dr. Hoy uses nationally representative survey data to explore how experiences with same-sex sexuality affect intimate relationships among heterosexually identified men and women. His research has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Sociology Compass, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and Population Review.

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