Cary Gabriel Costello

Associate Professor of Sociology
Coordinator, LGBT Studies

Office:  Bolton Hall, Room 738
Phone: 414/229-6942
Vita (pdf)

On Sabbatical Leave for the Fall 2014 Semester


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 1999
M.A., University of California, Berkeley 1994
J.D., Harvard Law School 1990
B.A., Yale College 1986

Areas of Specialization:

Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality; Sociology of the Body; Social Problems; Science/Medicine/Technology; Sociology of the Professions

Teaching Schedule

Summer 2014
Sociol 250-201:  Sex and Gender
Spring 2014
Sociol 102-401: Social Problems in American Society (pdf)
Sociol 255-001: Sociology of Sexuality (pdf)
Syllabus from Recently Taught Course
Sociol 444-001: Sociology of the Body Summer 2012 (pdf)

Research Interests:

Prof. Costello is currently engaged in research on virtual embodiment and identity in Second Life®. He runs the Avatar Identity Research Center, which presents a seminar series on avatar embodiment, and through the Editing Appearances project has interviewed over 90 individuals in a variety of communities about selfhood and the virtual body.

Selected Publications:

Costello, Cary G. "Sexuality in a Virtual World" 2013. Pp. 178-188 in Mindy Stombler et al., eds., Sex Matters, 4 th Ed . NY, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Costello, Cary G. “The Real Me: Selfhood in the Virtual World.” Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream 3. Praeger. (2011): 187-203.
Costello, Cary G. “Caster Semenya: An Intersex Perspective/ Caster Semenya: Una Perspectiva Intersex.” Different Bodies/ Cuerpos Distintos Manthra Editores. (2010): 69-72.

Older Publications:

Carrie Yang Costello. "Changing Clothes: Gender Inequality and Professional Socialization." 2004. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 16(2): pp. 138-155.

Carrie Yang Costello. "Cosmetic Genital Surgery Performed upon Children." 2004. Robert Perrucci, Kathleen Ferraro, JoAnn Miller, Paula C. Rodriguez Rust, eds., Solutions: Agenda for Social Justice 2004. Tenn.: Society for the Study of Social Problems: pp. 81-86. 

Carrie Yang Costello. The Sociology of Gender and Work: Syllabi and Teaching Materials. (editor) 2002. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

Carrie Yang Costello. "Comment: Limits of Biological Determinism." Coauthored with Eleanor M. Miller. 2001. American Sociological Review, 66(4): pp. 592-8.

Carrie Yang Costello. "Schooled by the Classroom: The (Re)Production of Social Stratification and Professional School Settings," 2001. Eric Margolis, ed., The Hidden Curriculum in Higher Education, Routledge: pp. 43-59.

Carrie Yang Costello. "Conceiving Identity: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Parents Consider their Children's Sexual Identities," 1997. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 24(3): pp. 63-89.