Costello, Cary 229-4388 (Sociology Dept.)Bolton Hall 738

Costello, Cary

Associate Professor & Director, LGBT Studies Program

Fall Semester Office Hours:

TBD and by appointment


PhD, University of California, Berkeley 1999
MA, University of California, Berkeley 1994
JD, Harvard Law School 1990
BA, Yale College 1986

Areas of Specialization

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

Research Interests

Prof. Costello engages in research in embodied experience and interventions into embodied identity. In one line of research, he studies the regulation of sex and gender through medical interventions into the bodies of intersex and transgender people. In another, he examines embodiment in virtual settings. In a longitudinal study of avatar embodiment in the virtual world of Second Life, he studies how identification with the avatar body facilitates experiences of sensation in virtual flesh, and the therapeutic uses to which people put their avatars.


Spring 2019
SOCIOL 102-401: Social Problems in American Society
SOCIOL 255-001: Sociology of Sexuality
Fall 2018
SOCIOL 102-401: Social Problems in American Society
SOCIOL 444-001: Sociology of the Body
Summer 2019
SOCIOL 250-201: Sex and Gender

Selected Publications

Costello, C. G. (2016, December). Intersex and Trans* Communities: Commonalities and Tensions. Horlacher, S. (Ed.). Transgender and Intersex in the Arts, Science and Society, 83-113. NYC: Palgrave Macmillan US.
Costello, C. G. (2016, March). “Trans and Intersex Children: Forced Sex Changes, Chemical Castration, and Self-Determination. Gathman, C. (Ed.). Women’s Health: Readings on Social, Economic and Political Issues. Dubuque, IA: KendallHunt Publishing Co.
Costello, C. G. (2014, December). “Not a “Medical Miracle”: Intersex Reproduction and the Medical Enforcement of Binary Sex and Gender”. Gibson, M. F. (Ed.). Queering Maternity and Motherhood: Narrative and Theoretical Perspectives on Queer Conception, Birth and Parenting. Branson, ON: Demeter Press.
Costello, C. G. (2013). Sexuality in a Virtual World. Strombler, M., Baunach, D. M., Simonds, W., Windsor, E. J., & Burgess, E. O. (Eds.). Sex Matters, 4th Ed., 178-185. New Jersey: Pearson Education.
Costello, C. G. (2011, December). The Real Me: Selfhood in the Virtual World. Batchelor, B. (Ed.). Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream, V. 3, 187-203. Praeger.
Costello, C. G. (2010, December). Caster Semenya: An Intersex Perspective/ Caster Semenya: Una Perspectiva Intersex. Almeida, A., & Vasquez, E. (Eds.). Different Bodies/ Cuerpos Distintos, 69-72. Manthra Editores.
Costello, C. G. (2006). Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender and Success at Professional Schools. , 264. Vanderbilt University Press.
Costello, C. G. (2006). Teratology: ‘Monsters’ and the Professionalization of Obstetrics. Journal of Historical Sociology, 19(1), 1-33.