Dr. Bernadette Barton is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University, and a popular public speaker unafraid to tackle controversial issues.
Bernadette’s scholarship explores the experiences of members of marginalized groups. She is most fascinated by issues of transformation and social justice, such as what makes someone conscious of social inequality? What causes people to change oppressive attitudes and behaviors? How can we really see one another across vast differences of geography, gender, race, class, and sexual identity? Her books include Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers and Pray the Gay Away: the Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays. Bernadette’s new projects examine the impact of raunch culture in the lives of young people and marriage equality mobilization in Kentucky.