Austin H. Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. His scholarship focuses primarily on trans and gender diverse people’s experiences of medical authority and healthcare inequalities. Austin’s doctoral dissertation uses ethnographic methods to examine the intersections of medical authority, community, and health for trans and gender diverse people. Austin’s published work may be found in Sociology Compass, Advances in Gender Research, Sociological Inquiry, and Gender, Work, & Organization.
Austin’s teaching and service draw on his research experience and insights, bringing sociological concepts to life for students and community members. Austin has taught in the Department of Sociology at Kent State since 2012. He has also developed curricula for permanent course offerings in LGBT Studies at Kent State, including Introduction to Transgender Studies and Introduction to LGBT Studies. Austin uses his training and expertise to contribute to a number of trans community organizations. He is currently working with the leadership of the Gender Benders (www.genderbenders.org), a trans advocacy organization in South Carolina, to design and implement a statewide needs assessment for gender and sexual minorities in his home state.