Bex MacFife (she & they, interchangeably) is a white non-binary PhD Candidate at the University of Oregon.
Originally from the Bay Area, she has spent many years in various iterations of "sex educator," instructing audiences that range from 4th grade all the way through to graduate school and professional trainings. After earning her MA in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, Bex entered the sociology doctoral program at University of Oregon, where she is now working with Drs. CJ Pascoe, Krystale Littlejohn, and Zachary DuBois.
Her research interests include queer and trans health and medical sociology; she now studies the line between professional competence and vulnerable embodiment, social constructions of genitals, and the radical potential of queering medical education. Initially inspired by their own work in the role, Bex has published on the pedagogical activism enacted by queer and allied Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs, or educators who teach pelvic and breast exams within medical schools by acting simultaneously as instructors and models in small group sessions.) Current research turns to Pelvic Physical Therapy and Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations to further explore how medical care which deals with genitalia is grappling with LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Additionally, they are a team member with the “Trans Resilience and Health in Sociopolitical Contexts Study” (transresiliencestudy.com), a longitudinal multi-method and interdisciplinary project which captured the experiences of trans people in four separate states over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election cycle.
Outside of academia, they enjoy being upside down and foraging for mushrooms.
University Webpage: sociology.uoregon.edu/profile/bexm/