Bethany Stevens, MA, JD

Bethany Stevens, MA, JD, is a wheelchair using queer doctoral student in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU) specializing in sexuality and the life-course infused with critical disability studies and phenomenological analysis. As a passionate lecturer and workshop facilitator, she has given invited talks internationally with a focus on the politics of pleasure and other intersectional sexual health issues of disabled people. One of her passions, developed while working in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working to train peer educators to prevent sexual violence using protective measures, such as teaching sexual health and bystander intervention. Within her years of teaching at Morehouse school of Medicine (MSM), GSU, San Francisco State University, and Widener University, pedagogy is vibrantly engaged to work to manifest the transformative space of learning. She maintains a blog, cripconfessions.com, which analyzes contemporary issues related to disability and other marginalized identities to call for coalition building. Stevens’ work has been published in several peer-reviewed venues. Stevens is a member of the inaugural class of Center of Excellence for Sexual Scholars program at MSM, working under the 16th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher (author of the Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, 2001). From 2009 to 2013, she was a policy analyst and faculty member in the School of Public Health at GSU. In 2013 and 2014, Stevens was the co-chair of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Annual Conference. Stevens has dedicated her life to promoting sexual and disability justice through scholarship and advocacy.