Kelsy Burke

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Assistant Professor Sociology kburke@unl.edu (402) 472-3009 742 Oldfather Hall

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My research shifts sociological inquiry from a focus on marginal identities to those that are socially normative and privileged, particularly addressing the impact of digital media on heterosexuality, gender, and conservative Christianity. I use predominantly qualitative methods, blending online and traditional field methods. My first book, Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet (2016, University of California Press) examines the online world of Christian sex advice—blogs, message boards, and online stores that promote the idea that God wants for (only) married, heterosexual couples to have great sex. Moving attention away from debates over homosexuality or premarital sex, I show how evangelicals use online dialogue to combine traditional and modern logics: belief in an uncompromising truth about who can have sex and belief in subjective sexual experiences that depend upon individual choice and taste. My work has also been published in journals including Sexualities, Sociology Compass, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture.

Before joining UNL, I was an assistant professor of sociology at St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI), where I taught courses on social inequalities, research methods, sociology of cyberspace, and feminist theory.

 

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh