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Jason Orne, PhD
Assistant Professor



3201 Arch Street, Room 205

Jason Orne, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses related to urban sociology, as well as the department's introductory course. His book "Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago" was published with University of Chicago Press. Boystown examines the importance of sex to queer male communities and the transformation of gay enclave neighborhoods, “gayborhoods.”

He currently is working on two related projects. The first project examines racial disparities in PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and how they relate to urban patterns of consumption in bars, clubs, and the unique sexual networks, “sexy communities,” he described in his earlier work. The second project studies the social experience of inebriation within communities with high rates of alcohol abuse, as in queer male communities, and how regulations like liquor laws shape these experiences.

He specializes in qualitative methods, including interviewing, focus groups and ethnography. Before joining Drexel's faculty, he co-founded the academic consulting firm, Qualitative Health Research Consultants, which collaborates with medical and public health faculty on the qualitative components of nationally-funded research.

PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Humanities Honors and Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications:

    Orne, Jason. 2017. Boystown: Sex and Community in Chicago. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
    Orne, Jason and Michael M. Bell. 2015. "An Invitation to Qualitative Fieldwork: A Multilogical Approach". Routledge: New York.
    Orne, Jason. 2013. “Queers in the Line of Fire: Goffman’s Stigma Revisited.” The Sociological Quarterly. 54(2): 229–253.

Research Interests:

    Urban and Community Sociology
    Sexualities Studies
    Qualitative Methodologies
    Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    Social Psychology
    Social Theory