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Mr Tyler Carson

Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University, United States



Tyler Carson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. His dissertation, “The Kids are Not Okay!,” tracks the imbricated histories of child sex panics and modern gay rights in the United States from the late 1970s to the current day. His research seeks to demonstrate that the rhetorical force of child protectionism is part and parcel of a larger American cultural anxiety about the status of the white nuclear family. Tyler’s research has been generously supported by a four-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Women and Gender Studies.



Queer theory, psychoanalysis, moral panics, child protectionism
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