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Angela Jones - Farmingdale State College. Farmingdale, NY, US

Angela Jones Angela Jones

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY, UNITED STATES

Dr. Jones is an author, and teaches and conducts research in subjects such as African-American history, gender, and the gay community.



Angela Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. Jones's research interests include: African American political thought, and protest, gender, and sexuality. Jones is the author of Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Industry (NYU Press, 2020) and African American Civil Rights: Early Activism and the Niagara Movement (Praeger, 2011). She is a co-editor of the three-volume After Marriage Equality book series (Routledge, 2018). Jones has also edited two other anthologies: The Modern African American Political Thought Reader: From David Walker to Barack Obama (Routledge, 2012), and A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias (Palgrave, 2013). She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals.



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Areas of Expertise (8)

African American History

Black Protest



African American Studies

Social Movements

Queer Theory

The Lgbtq Experience

Industry Expertise (1)


Accomplishments (1)

FSC Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award (professional)


Award for book, African American Civil Rights

Education (3)

New School for Social Research: Ph.D, Sociology 2010

New School for Social Research : M.A, Sociology 2006

Queens College, CUNY : B.A., Sociology 2005

Affiliations (4)

  • American Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • ASA LGBTQ Cactus
  • Association of Black Sociologists

Sample Talks (5)

Sex Work in a Digital Era

2015 presentation at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association

Sex Work in a Digital Era

Regular Panel Session Presenter and Organizer, Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, 2015

For Black Models Scroll Down: Web-Cam Modeling and the Racialization of Erotic Labor

American Sociological Association, annual meeting, 2014

Finding Queer Utopia

Keynote address—University of Georgia’s Arts and Letters Conference, Utopia in the Arts, 2014

Sex Work as Feminist Utopia

University of Georgia’s Arts and Letters Conference, Utopia in the Arts, 2014

Research Grants (1)

Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence

SUNY $10,000


Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence

Published Articles (3)

Sex Work in a Digital Era Sociology Compass


In recent years, scholars have begun to investigate the role of digital technologies, namely the Internet, in facilitating growth in sexual commerce. Recent studies investigate the ways the Internet shapes the experiences of sex workers and how sex workers use the Internet to maximize profits and reduce risk exposure. Overall, scholars strategically frame sex work in a digital era in terms of affordances. In doing so, they can note the positive changes in the work experiences of these workers. However, I argue that this literature is altogether too optimistic, and in focusing primarily on the affordances of Internet-based sex work, these scholars neglect the new dangers that emerge online. In addition, by focusing only on the online practices of escorts, these scholars paint a homogenized portrait of digital sex work and neglect the diversity of labor performed by sex workers. This literature also neglects the diversity among sex workers themselves (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, and ability). In order to address these limitations, I make nine specific suggestions for future lines of inquiry.

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The Niagara Movement 1905-1910: A Revisionist Approach to the Social History of the Civil Rights Movement The Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 23, issue 3


The Niagara Movement 1905-1910: A Revisionist Approach to the Social History of the Civil Rights Movement

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Queer Heterotopias: Homonormativity and the Future of Queerness Interalia: a Journal of Queer Studies, Vol. 4


Queer Heterotopias: Homonormativity and the Future of Queerness

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Courses (3)

SOC 122 - Introductory Sociology

Introductory course designed to help the student develop insights into human social interaction in terms of behavior as a group, across groups, and the impact the group has on individuals. We study sociological concepts and theories and apply them to key aspects of our lives and society (such as culture, family, education, work, media, stratification, and social change). Note: Students who take SOC 122W cannot receive credit for SOC 122. Credits: 3 Note: Students cannot get credit for SOC 122 and 122W; SOC 122W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement.

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SOC 283 - Sex, Gender and Sexuality

This course introduces students to the study of sex, gender, and sexuality from a sociological perspective. It examines how these categories are socially and culturally constructed and how they affect our lives and shape our social world. Students read a wide range of classic sociological texts that examines the differences between sex and gender and explores human sexuality. A primary topic of discussion is gender socialization or how people learn society’s gender norms from family, media, peers, educational institutions, and the workplace. Students will be introduced to cutting-edge research and case studies. Topics include: intersexuality, men’s studies, feminist theory, transgendered individuals, sex work, and queer theory. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 Credits: 3

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SOC 361 - Gender Theory

Gender theory examines how the categories of sex and gender influence our ways of living and thinking. We will examine the prevalence of gender inequality in society and how it might be eradicated. We will also emphasize the ways in which socio-economic position, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, geography, and/or ability interact with gender to shape our experiences. Students will gain better insight into how gender impacts their lives at work, at home, and in public. Students will learn how to apply gender theories to their own lives, identities, and social worlds. Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or 282 or 283 or PSY 230 or 307 Credits: 3

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