Degree & Year in the Program
Masters Student – Second year
Areas of Specialization
Sex and Gender, Social Movements, Media, Qualitative Methods
Hello! My name is Cadyn Williamson. I use they/them or he/him pronouns, and I am a second-year master’s student in Sociology at UNL. My research interests include sex and gender focusing on LGBT issues, social movements, media, and qualitative methods. I am primarily interested in the intersections between LGBT issues and social movements as well as LGBT issues and media. As for qualitative methods, I find importance of looking into words and images as data and discovering narratives that would not be discovered in surveys or other quantitative research methods.
Before coming to UNL, I grew up in central Illinois and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Writing and a minor in Sociology in 2018. During that time, I was in leadership roles for several organizations that focused on LGBT issues, secularism, interfaith, and mental health. Through those organizations, I was able to help lead discussions and events on topics such as religious freedom laws, women in the atheist movement, secular identities and how they intersect with other identities, and LGBT identities and religion. I was also a Behavior Therapist working with kids and adults with autism and other similar disabilities for four years.
Since moving to Nebraska, I completed my first year of grad school, taught multiple recitations and graded assignments for SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology, attended the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting, acted as the Social Media Coordinator for the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) at UNL, and started working on my master’s thesis on Twitch’s “LGBTQIA+” tag and how LGBTQIA+-affirming video game streamers and viewers interact and build LGBTQIA+ spaces online.
Currently, I am working on my master’s thesis, going to classes to fulfill my Sociology and Women’s and Gender studies specialization requirements, creating research projects that I hope will be published, exploring other potential research interests through my classes and life events, and discovering how the skills I’ve learned in Sociology AND English apply to qualitative research.
My plans for post-graduation include doing research, teaching, and working with LGBT non-profit organizations.
In my free time, I like to read and write poetry, take photos with my DSLR camera, creating playlists on Spotify, maintain my five-star rating in Animal Crossing, and keep my succulents alive.
Recitation Instructor for SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2019 - present)