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Erik Lovell

Area(s) of Interest

Inequality; Poverty and Homelessness; Marginalization and Disadvantage; Sexualities; Religion; Social Theory

Current Research

In my dissertation, I seek to understand the outcomes and pathways of youth homeless episodes for LGBTQ adults. Although we know much about the experiences of LGBTQ homeless youth, we know little about how these experiences affect the population as they emerge into adulthood. By studying these pathways, I hope to uncover where individuals display agency with the intersection of multiple marginalized position. Who is able to employ different marginalized identities to request specialized support and resources? Who is denied? And how do different institutions and organizations act as brokers in this?

My previous research spans a breadth of different experiences of marginalization. I have two working papers: first, on the navigation of religious spaces for LGBQ/SSA Mormons and second, on the sociology of suffering.


Lovell, Erik, Brent Hutchison, Ke’ala Cabulagan, John McMullin, and Curtis Child. 2015. “Homelessness and the High Performance Cycle: A New Lens for Studying Exit Strategies.” Journal of Social Service Research 41(4):508-529.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 401.2 – Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods II; SOCIOL 570 – Seminar on College Teaching; SOCIOL 372 – Youth Poverty, Homelessness, and Poverty

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