Dr. Bernadette Barton is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University, and a popular public speaker unafraid to tackle controversial issues.
Bernadette's scholarship explores the experiences of members of marginalized groups. She is most fascinated by issues of transformation and social justice, such as what makes someone conscious of social inequality? What causes people to change oppressive attitudes and behaviors? How can we really see one another across vast differences of geography, gender, race, class and sexual identity?
Over the past fourteen years, Bernadette has worked on two major research projects. The first is a study of exotic dancers, published by New York University Press titled, Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers. Bernadette’s latest book Pray the Gay Away: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays explores the intersection of religion and homosexuality in the Bible Belt.