Faculty Profiles

Dr. Michael Denton

assistant professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs

Michael Denton

Email: denton2@usf.edu
Education: Ph.D., Miami University–Ohio


Dr. Denton is an assistant professor in the College of Education's Higher Education and Student Affairs programs. His research focuses on queer college student embodiment, which is the intersections of queer student bodies with discourses, policies, and experiences with able-bodiedness, illness/disease, HIV/AIDS, heteronormativity, and binary gender oppression in higher education and society. Dr. Denton's work uses critical and poststructural narrative and arts-based methods to examine common and distinct life experiences among queer collegians, specifically HIV positive gay college men, trans collegians, and college students living with chronic illness. 

A Message from Dr. Denton:

"I hope my teaching and my research challenges conventional methods of understand college students and pushes against heteronormative and ableist campus culture and research.  Through my work I seek to drive people to question the discourse of our institutions and to develop empathy for experiences unfamiliar to them. More eloquently, in the words of Audre Lorde, “For those of us who write, it is necessary to scrutinize not only the truth of what we speak, but the truth of that language by which we speak it.  For others, it is to share and spread also those words that are meaningful to us.  But primarily for us all, it is necessary to teach by living and speaking those truths which we believe and know beyond understanding.”