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Dr. Xan Nowakowski is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Geriatrics and Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, and proudly serves on the editorial board for PLAID. Their work focuses on a variety of topics related to healthy aging with chronic disease, including advocacy for members of marginalized populations. Racial and ethnic inequality, the experiences of sexual and gender minorities, and narratives of trauma survivorship are particular emphases in Xan's research and outreach. All of their work is informed by their own lived experiences with cystic fibrosis and intimate partner abuse. Their key projects currently include the Write Where It Hurts collaborative that they co-manage with J and a variety of creative works, as well as academic research and public health program evaluation activities that amplify the voices of people aging with chronic conditions. Xan has a PhD and MS in Medical Sociology from FSU, an MPH in Health Systems and Policy from Rutgers University, and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.
J.E. Sumerau, PhD
University of Tampa
Dr. J Sumerau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tampa, and previously taught at FSU while earning a PhD in Sociological Social Psychology. Their work focuses on gender, sexuality, religion, and health, and a diverse array of social inequalities that intersect with these areas. Advocacy is likewise a major emphasis for J in all pursuits, including Write Where It Hurts with Xan. J lives with bipolar, depersonalization, and PTSD as well as chronic leg pain due to severe injuries. J also experiences this world as a bisexual, genderqueer agnostic, and in so doing, experiences many ways marginalized identities interact with chronic conditions throughout our daily lives. They engage these experience in both academic research and social fiction projects. In addition to holding a PhD and MS from FSU, J has a BA in Political Science from Augusta University, serves as the Director of applied Sociology at UT, and regularly conducts evaluation research on the effectiveness of social programs for diverse communities.
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