It’s not every day that a local professor gets named to the research advisory board of a foundation created by, arguably, the biggest pop star in the world. Such is life for CJ Pascoe, assistant professor of sociology at Colorado College.

Congratulations to Ms. Pascoe for the great honor! Above you can watch her microLECTURE on the the roots of bullying, masculinity, “the spectre of the fag” and its relationship with the enforcement of masculine stereotypes in young men and boys that will shed light on her distinct qualifications. Below you can read the press release:

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has appointed C.J. Pascoe, CC assistant professor of sociology, to its newly created research advisory board.

The board is made up of seven scholars from a variety of disciplines who will advise the foundation based on “sound theory and research,” according to an announcement from the foundation. The non-profit charitable foundation is dedicated to helping young people develop skills, opportunities, and resources, as it addresses issues such as self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development.

“It’s rare that sociologists – we’re cultural critics – get to participate in positive social change and use research to do it,” Pascoe said. The only sociologist on the research board, Pascoe will take part in a study of the foundation’s “Born Brave Nation” program, which is made up of local, youth-led groups of supporters who want to build a better world at home, in schools, and in their communities.

The Born This Way Foundation, begun in 2011 by the pop star and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, is “dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting youth with the skills, resources and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world,” according to the foundation. Its website is

Pascoe took part in a summit meeting for the foundation in Boston earlier this year, in which several hundred scholars brainstormed ways to bring about change. “We want this grounded in academic research,” Pascoe said. “What enables youth to be empowered, to make changes in the world?”

Pascoe studies gender, sexuality, inequality, youth, and new media. She is the author of “Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School” (University of California Press).


One Response to Watch microLecture by CC Prof Named to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation

  1. […] The stakes are high: participate or risk humiliation, intimidation, or becoming one of those targets. It is a bit of a house of cards, when you think about it: being worried about being judged not “man enough” by other boys and men who are also worried about being judged not “man enough” with the consequence of coming up short being bullied or violence. […]


AFP/Getty Images
October 25, 2016 | NPR · The plan could include cash payments to individuals and communities that have been affected by the outbreak. But it has its critics.

October 25, 2016 | NPR · The case has raised questions about the NFL’s willingness to punish domestic abusers. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided,” the team’s president said.

Courtesy of Mother Jones
October 25, 2016 | NPR · Going on patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border with the Three Percent United Patriots — amped up and equipped with night vision goggles — felt like going to war, says journalist Shane Bauer.

Arts & Life

Courtesy of The Kobal Collection / Warner Bros
October 25, 2016 | NPR · It’s life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that’s been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

October 25, 2016 | NPR · Our poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor, praises the most recent collection by W.S. Merwin called, Garden Time.

October 25, 2016 | NPR · T.C. Boyle’s new novel is ripped from the headlines … of 1993. It follows the misadventures of a group of scientists conducting experiments in a hermetically sealed, Biosphere 2-like environment.


Courtesy of the artist
October 25, 2016 | WXPN · The band revisits the psychedelic spirituality of its debut album on its latest release, K 2.0. Hear the performance and conversation.

Courtesy of the artist
October 25, 2016 | NPR · The Seattle rapper’s newest single is an emotional, sometimes unsettling takedown of what he sees as a pandemic of drug addictions driven by doctors who overprescribe medicine.

Courtesy of the artists
October 25, 2016 | NPR · The intimate, completely unadorned performance was recorded live in Andrew Bird’s living room as part of his ongoing “Live From The Great Room” home recording series.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac