Dissertation & Theses
Doctoral Dissertation (Working Title)
Tops, Bottoms, and the Ghost of HIV: An Investigation of the Impact of Collective Memory on the Behavior-Group Identity Relationship Among Gay Men
Client Power and Condom Negotiation: Dyadic Conflict and Social Structure in the Post-Apartheid Sex Work Industry
A Guided Tour*
*In lieu of a traditional bachelor's thesis, I wrote and put on a play about memory and sexuality, drawing on my sociology and psychology coursework to promote dialogue around mental health.
My academic interests are rooted in, as is true with most researchers, my own history and story. My knee-jerk reaction was to tell the story about how I came to this career. But, much like my research on collective memories, the history of each project is filled with numerous, often contradictory stories.
Instead, I want to use this space to share my research experience, agenda and skills. I hope to let you, the reader, know what I mean when I define myself as a researcher.
In my sociological work, I conceptualize social life as operating like a haunting; regardless of how much it seems like an interaction or event or trauma has ended, it often still continues to exist. Much of this continued existence works through a continued felt impact, the referential afterlife of the event.
As a researcher, my goal is to investigate the ways in which trauma, especially health-related trauma, influences how individuals understand who they are and how groups remember the trauma and incorporate it into their shared history.
Selection from CV
Michael Patrick Vaughn. Forthcoming. “Who Killed Cecil Palmer? The Role of Memory in Night Vale’s Self-Narrative Rupture.” In From Weather to the Void: Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale, edited by J. A. Weinstock. Palgrave.
Vaughn, Michael Patrick. August 2018. “Meaning-Making and Trauma: Tensions in HIV/AIDS Discourse within Gay Collective Memory.” Panel Presentation: Interpretive Sociology Pre-Conference at the American Sociological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Vaughn, Michael Patrick. April 2018. “Hegemonic Masculinity as Capital in Drag Queen Music Videos.” Session Presider: Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Vaughn, Michael Patrick. April 2018. “Identity and Memory: Bridging Theory and Method to Avoid Erasure of Intra-Group Difference.” Panel Presentation: Critical Juncture Conference, Atlanta, GA.