Last Thursday I met with Boston University PhD candidate Holly Donovan at Pavement Coffeehouse in the Back Bay for a second qualitative interview as part of my participation in her comparative research on social interactions between straight and non-straight folks in urban and rural areas.
You can check out her research proposal and call for participants here (PDF).
You can read about my own experience participating over at the feminist librarian here, here, and here. I realize I’m perhaps pathologically introspective, but I really enjoyed the process of reflecting on these issues in dialogue with a researcher whose perspective was slightly different from my own, but who was interested to learn more about how I understood my sexuality, my sexual identity, and the way these shape my social interactions.
I’m looking forward to the fruits of her research in the form of a finished dissertation (and hopefully articles and more!).
Holly is finished with the rural portion of her study, but is still actively looking for queer folks in the Boston metropolitan area who are willing to grant her an interview. She mentioned that her contacts here in Boston are largely academic and she’s looking for more people from other socioeconomic contexts — working-class communities particularly (to mirror the population sample from her hometown in Missouri).
However, I think she’d welcome all contact and referrals … so if you’re in the Boston area and are interested in participating or know someone who might be, I encourage you to contact Holly and find out more.