Faculty Profiles

Dr. Michael Denton

Dr. Michael Denton, assistant professor

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

Michael Denton researches college students living with HIV/AIDS. His first research project looked specifically at how gay college men construct their identities and navigate post-secondary institutions given tremendous social stigma and discourses linking HIV/AIDS to gay men. He conducted this study using narrative and arts-based methods through the lens of queer and affect theory. 

In addition to interest in HIV/AIDS and art-based inquiry, Dr. Denton has a broader interest in how collegians living with chronic illness understand themselves and intersections of race, gender, ability, and sexual identity. He was previously a student affairs educator for 15 years in the southeastern United States.

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.”