Dionne Stephens,
Assistant Director Research Programs and Services, Florida International University
Email: stephens@fiu.edu

My research explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and socio-historical meaning. Drawing on both academic texts and other non scholastic documents, I attempt to contextualize sexual health trends within a larger, historical framework. My dissertation examined the influence of sexual scripts depicted in Hip Hop culture on African American adolescents conceptualizations of sexuality. "Freaks, Gold Diggers, Divas and Dykes: The Socio- historical development of African American female sexual scripts" (Sexuality and Culture) and "Sister to Sister Talk: Conducting Qualitative Research on Sensitive subjects with Black Women" (Family Relations) are two papers I've co- authored in this area.

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