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Cheryl Llewellyn

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Cheryl Llewellyn, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-5447
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
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Research Interests

Intersections of gender and migration; Race; Sexuality; Feminist methodologies.


Cheryl Llewellyn’s primary research interest pertains to the intersection between gender and migration. Her doctoral dissertation, Deciding What Counts as Persecution: An Analysis of Gender and Sexual Orientation Asylum Cases in the United States, addresses disparities in immigration policies which result in structural, legal and social barriers for women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender asylum applicants. Her research has appeared in peer-edited journals such as the Journal of Homosexuality. In 2014, the American Sociological Association’s prestigious Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) was awarded to Llewellyn and two colleagues for their proposal, Gender and Migration: Building a Sociological Field through Interdisciplinary Conversation. Llewellyn’s work recognizes the explanatory nature of gender as a variable in studies of migration, rather than opting for the binary approach taken by many migration scholars. Her research and teaching interests also include race, sexuality, and feminist theories.

Prior to coming to UMass Lowell in 2015, Llewellyn taught Sociology at Stony Brook University. While there, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and the Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award (2013). She’s also served as managing editor for the journal Men & Masculinity and as an author of the academic blog Masculinities 101.

Selected Publications

  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). Deciding what counts as persecution: An analysis of gender and sexual orientation asylum cases in the United States. ProQuest Information & Learning!!!
  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). Homonationalism and sexual orientation-based asylum cases in the United States. Sexualities.
  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). The Problems of Private Violence: Engaging Domestic Violence Asylum Cases and the US Violence Against Women Act. Isaconf
  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). Lesbian Asylum and Gender Based Adjudicatory Problems. American Sociological Association
  • Llewellyn, C., Kennedy, A. (2016). What a Novel Idea: Using Non-Traditional Texts in the Sociology Classroom. Eastern Sociological Society
  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). Biological Essentialism and Gender Based Asylum Cases.
  • Llewellyn, C. (2016). Differential Adjudication in Lesbian and Gay Men's Asylum Cases in the United States. Sociologists for Women in Society