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Megan Tesene

Graduate Student    

M.A. Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
B.A. Sociology, University of Northern Iowa


Gender & Sexuality


Megan Tesene received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa. Her master’s thesis focuses on trans men and their partners as they negotiate the social and intimate consequences of coming out as transgender, or in some cases, transitioning from female-to-male while involved in an intimate relationship. Her dissertation project seeks to analyze how commercial sperm banks market masculinity, manhood, family, and paternity to consumers and how consumers, in turn, understand and react to those messages as they make their donor selections. She currently teaches undergraduate Sexuality and Society, emphasizing the role of social construction and social control in shaping our day-to-day experiences with sex, gender, and sexuality.


Her interests are gender and sexuality, trans and genderqueer communities, intersectionality, queer theory, pedagogy, qualitative methodology, and feminist theories and methodologies.