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Alan Santinele Martino

Contract Instructor

Degrees:Ph.D.(c) in Sociology (McMaster University), M.A. in Sociology (University of Lethbridge), B.A. (honors) in Sociology (St. Lawrence University)
Website:Alan Martino

Alan’s primary areas of interest include the sociology of sexualities, sociology of gender, and critical disability studies, as well as their intersections. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 46 adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, his current research explores how adults labeled with intellectual disabilities are kept out of sexual fields – spaces that bring together sexual actors in their pursuit for love, intimacy, and pleasure – through a series of disabling social processes. Alan has worked closely with various self-advocacy groups and service providers in Canada and abroad to address questions related to sexuality and intimate citizenship. In his teaching, he encourages students to understand the interconnections between theory and practice, and to consider the actual applications behind class content.