Professor Hammers main research project has been one of examining lesbian/queer
public sexual cultures and sexual spaces in Canada and the United States. She is
particularly interested in interrogating the linkages between sexuality, space and
identity formations, and the sexual politics within nonnormative sexual communities. She
is using insights stemming from her ethnographic investigations of these lesbian/queer
sexual spaces to examine the intersections of feminist and queer theory. She continues to
do research on lesbian/queer sexual spaces. She has just begun a new project exploring
the politics of (non)belonging among African American women within the LGBT community and
their networking practices. 

Hammers has published essays in a variety of journals such as Sexualities, Journal of
Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Gender Studies and Journal of Homosexuality. Her
teaching interests include feminist theory, queer theory, sociological theory, gender and
globalization, the sociology of gender and sexuality, sociology of sport and the politics
of food. 

EDUCATION: B.S, Texas A&M University; M.S., Portland State University; Ph.D.,
University of Oklahoma. 

Hammers has been teaching at Macalester since 2009. 


Contributions to Books


A Radical Opening: An Exploration of Lesbian/Queer BDSM Public Sexual Cultures, Sexualities : past reflections, future directions (2012)

Corporeal Silences and Bodies that Speak: The Promises and Limitations of Queer in Lesbian/Queer Sexual Spaces, Transgender Identities: Towards a Social Analysis of Gender Diversity (2010)


The Queer Logics of Sex/Desire and the Discourse of Gender, Queer Places, Practices and Lives II (2014)

Dis/Figuring Anti-Sociality through Feminist Critique, National Women's Studies Association (2013)

Collective Pain and Future Becoming: BDSM as Queer Sociality, Queer Places, Practices and Lives (2012)

Sculpting the Scars: An Exploration of Women BDSMers, Society for the Study of Social Problems (2011)

Ethnographic Research in Sexualized Settings, Society for the Study of Social Problems 2010 Annual Meeting (2010)