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Alyson K. Spurgas
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (860) 297-4072 Office Location: Seabury Hall N-030
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Trinity College faculty member since 2017
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.A., Univ. of Maryland Baltimore C.
B.A., Univ. of Maryland Baltimore C.

Alyson K. Spurgas received her doctorate in Sociology and doctoral certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2014. She recently published her first book, Diagnosing Desire: Biopolitics and Femininity into the Twenty-First Century (The Ohio State University Press, 2020), which interrogates the medical regulation and technoscientific production of "receptive" or "responsive" sexual desire in women. Through in-depth qualitative research and incisive textual analysis, Spurgas complicates reductive explanations of gender differences in sexual desire and arousal patterns, highlighting instead the embodied, psychic, and material effects of gendered trauma and feminine socialization.

Recipient of the Mellon Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Science Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center (2011-2012), and winner of the Alexandra Symonds Prize (2013) for her essay on recent changes in female sexual dysfunction diagnoses, Spurgas has been recognized internationally for her innovative work on gender, sexuality, desire, and trauma.

In the classroom, Spurgas’ teaching style is fundamentally collaborative, as she seeks to create a space wherein both student and teacher work together to think more deeply and more critically.