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David Luis Glisch-Sanchez Ph.D.

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David Glisch-Sánchez is a queer Latino scholar originally from Milwaukee, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for his undergraduate studies where he completed a B.S. in Public Administration/Public Policy.  Before going to graduate school he worked at United Council of UW Students, Inc., the country's oldest and largest statewide student association, as an organizer and lobbyist working on issues regarding access to higher education and campus safety issues pertaining to women, students of color, queer students, and students with a disability. After two years with United Council, he began his graduate studies at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy where he earned a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) with a concentration in civil rights and social welfare policy. In May 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin with specializations in race, Latinxs, gender, sexuality, emotions, and violence and social harm.

During Fall 2016, he will be teaching two undergraduate courses for the Dept. of Latina/Latino Studies entitled “Latinxs & the Law” and "Latinx Genders & Sexualities" His other teaching interests include race, gender, and sexuality in public policy, social welfare and civil rights policies, queer Latinidades, and Latina feminisms.

Research Description

He completed his dissertation, titled "‘Listen to what your jotería  is saying’: Pain, Social Harm, and Queer Latin@s." In this project, he investigated how transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (TLGBQ) Latinxs have experienced social harm/violence during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, what is the socio-historical context for their experiences, and how have ideologies of Latinx gender and sexuality shaped these experiences. He accomplished this through the collection of life stories where TLGBQ Latinxs narrativize their experiences of social harm where they document not only the social harm inflicted upon them but construct visions about safety, justice, forgiveness, and healing. His research interests lie broadly within the areas of Latinx Studies, sociology of race, gender, and sexuality, sociology of emotions, sociology of social harm, criminology, feminist theories, TLGBQ Studies, queer of color critique, law and society, and public policy studies.

His article manuscript "Racial Utterances: Microaggressions and Silences in Queer Latinx Life Stories" is under review. In addition, he is currently completing an article manuscript titled "Prophets of Feeling: The Sociology of Emotions & the Black Intellectual/Activist Tradition."

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Sociology of Race, Gender & Sexuality
  • Latinx Studies
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Sociology of Emotions
  • Queer of Color Critique
  • Feminist Theories
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Sociology of Social Harm
  • Criminology


  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration/Public Policy
  • Master's of Public Policy
  • Ph.D. - Sociology

Distinctions / Awards


  • Community Engagement Grant - Community Engagement Center, UT-Austin
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Grant - Department of Sociology, UT-Austin

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 11:30AM-1:30PM


Book Contributions

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    Glisch-Sanchez, David. "From 'Hate Crimes' to Social Harm: Critical Moments and Reflexive Practice." Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerless and the Powerful. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.