About

About

Katie L. Acosta, Ph.D.

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work as a professor. Despite its many downsides, I love academia. I love teaching and I love my research.

When I am not running around wearing my many professor hats, I can be found spending time with my kids Josiah and Juniper and my partner Hilary, likely somewhere by the water, if I can help it.

photo of my family
Katie, Hilary, Josiah, and Juniper

In the United States, I have lived most of my life in Boston, Connecticut or New York City.  Since leaving that part of the country in 2009, I’ve enjoyed warmer climates first in New Orleans and now in Atlanta.

I  received my Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City and went on to receive a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2009. Since completing my doctorate, I have worked in a university setting.  I am currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. My areas of interest and expertise include Latina/o sexuality, gender, immigration, family and race and ethnicity. I frequently teach Race and Ethnicity, Race in the Americas, Families & Society and Gender and Sexuality.  My book Amigas y Amantes explores the experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas and how these women negotiate family.

People ask me all the time “what I am” … as in what is my race or ethnicity. Usually they assume I’m African American or biracial. I am actually Dominican and while I don’t go back to Puerto Plata as often as I’d like, I do go every chance I get.

Katie lecturing
Image credit: Linda Lowe

For more about my academic life, checkout my university profile or view my curriculum vitae.

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