Aaron Norton Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Sociology

Area(s) of Interest:  Gender and Sexuality Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Social Studies of Risk, Biopolitics and HIV/AIDS


Aaron Norton is a visiting assistant professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sociology. He received his PhD in psychology from UC Davis (2014), where he also spent two years as the Graduate Fellow for the Center for Science and Innovation Studies and the Program in Science and Technology Studies (2012-2014). He was a postdoctoral fellow for the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) from 2014-16.

Aaron's main areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies, STS, social studies of risk and quantification, and the biopolitics of HIV-prevention. For example, his dissertation traces the circulation of statistical claims relating male circumcision and HIV-risk to consider the science and ethics of male circumcision's emergence as an HIV-risk category and prevention strategy. In addition, Aaron's past research has drawn on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, and includes publications on such topics as attitudes toward transgender people; human chimerism, kinship, and trans-subjectivity; and most recently, the role of epidemiological surveys in the biomedicalization of male circumcision as an HIV-risk category.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 376/GNDR ST 332: Sexuality, Biomedicine, & HIV/AIDS Syllabus

SOCIOL 376/GNDR ST 332: Sexuality, Science, & LGBT Rights Syllabus


Norton, A.T. (2013). Surveying risk subjects: Public health surveys as instruments of biomedicalization. BioSocieties, 8, 265-288.

Norton, A.T., & Herek, G.M. (2013). Heterosexuals' attitudes toward transgender people: Findings from a national probability sample of U.S. adults. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 68, 738-753.

Herek, G.M., Norton, A.T., Allen, T.J., & Sims, C.L. (2010). Demographic, psychological, and social characteristics of self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in a U.S. probability sample. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 7, 176-200.

Norton, A.T. & Zehner, O. (2008). Which half is mommy?: Tetragametic chimerism and trans- subjectivity. Women Studies Quarterly, 36(3/4), 106-125.

Yamashita, T., Hashiramoto, A., Haluzik, M., Mizukami, H., Beck, S., Norton, A.T., ... , & Proia, R.L. (2003). Enhanced insulin sensitivity in mice lacking ganglioside GM3. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100(6), 3445-3449.