Don Barrett
Don Barrett
Professor of Sociology; Retired

Don Barrett is faculty in Sociology, chapter president for the California Faculty Association, and section editor for the LGBTQ/Sexual Minority section of the 2nd International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (IESBS2).  His scholarship and activism focus on inequality, particularly for working class sexual minorities.  He is retiring after the Fall, 2012, semester but will continue his scholarship, activism, and activities with IESBS2 as emeritus faculty.

Like many at CSU San Marcos, Don’s education is an amalgam of courses from all over the place, from exploring multiple majors, and from credit for military experience.  Majors explored over the years include Accounting, Philosophy, Library Science, Computer Science, and Sociology.  Schools include (in chronological order): North Florida Community College; Jacksonville University; Defense Language Institute Monterey; University of Maryland Extension in Sinop, Turkey; University of West Florida; Binghamton University; University at Buffalo; Indiana University; UC Berkeley.  All of this wandering and exploring resulted in just the following degrees:

1993    Ph.D. in Sociology; Indiana University
Graduate minor: Medical Anthropology
Dissertation: “The Influence of Multiple Identities
on the Health Behaviors of Gay Men”
1975    M.S. in Computer Science; Binghamton University.
Comprehensive Exam, no thesis required.
1972    B.A. in Sociology; University of West Florida (Pensacola)

Having worked as a statistical programmer in public health, Don is published extensively on multiple subjects including community interventions to prevent heart disease, innovative strategies for treating cocaine abuse, rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and on sexuality, drug use, and HIV.  Since coming to San Marcos, Don’s research has focused on the stigmas associated with same-sex sexuality, with a specific focus on the experiences of working-class men who are gay or same-sex active.  Current research projects address issues related to male-male sexual interaction in public settings, and tensions between assimilation and sexual liberation perspectives in gay culture.   See the vitae for a complete list of publications and activities.
Don teaches multiple courses on social experiences related to health, with a focus on sexuality and on alcohol and drug use.  What he is currently teaching is listed in the class schedule.

Curriculum Vitae

Donald C. Barrett, Ph.D.
Sociology Department
California State University
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001