Meet the GSRC Staff
Elliot Ruggles, MSW, PhD
Elliot Ruggles has a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, is a transman and a social worker. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, and spent seven years in Philadelphia before coming to SUNY Oneonta. He began studying human sexuality as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college. Through an environment that emphasized feminist values, he noticed this was also a place where many of his fellow classmates felt freedom to express their gender and sexuality in ways that challenged norms. During his senior year there, he completed a qualitative research study entitled, “Mount Holyoke College: Definitions of Self within a Queer Community.” Since studying at Widener University, he has focused on the diverse ways people express sexuality that don’t always follow the norms set out by Western patriarchal understandings of sexuality. His dissertation, “Queer Sexual Development: A Phenomenological Life History Study of People who Fall Outside Gender and Sexuality Norms” is a culmination of that research. As a social worker, Elliot has experience in providing counseling and support services to diverse populations in Philadelphia, including sexual abuse survivors, people in recovery from addiction, and adolescent parents.
Fall 2014 Student Staff (udpates coming soon)
Ashli Cornelius, GSRC Assistant
Savanah Wiggins, GSRC Assistant
Mandy Palmer, GSRC Assistant