Faculty Profile

Megan Yost

Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2006)

Contact Information

yostm@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 14M
717.245.1357

Bio

Professor Yost received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research examines the gendered nature of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. She is interested in the ways in which traditional conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity impact sexuality, stigma surrounding sexual identities and diverse sexual practices, and power dynamics in sexual relationships (particularly within consensual sexual sadomasochism). She teaches interdisciplinary courses in Psychology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.

Education

  • B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2006

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

WGSS 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-02.

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGSS 135-02.

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGSS 135-01.

WGSS 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01.

PSYC 550 Independent Research

WGSS 550 WGSS Independent Research

Spring 2019

WGSS 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01.

PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGSS 135-01.

WGSS 305 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.In this seminar, we will discuss current psychological theory and research relating to gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and sexual practices. The course is designed to acquaint you with some of the key issues, questions, and findings in this field, as well as to allow you to develop some of the critical skills needed to evaluate research findings. We will discuss such topics as traditional and alternative gender identities; gender conformity and socialization in childhood; transgender and transsexual identities; the development of heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer identities; the coming out process; the relationship between gender and sexual orientation; social pressures and compulsory heterosexuality; heterosexism, homophobia, and the stigma and prejudice surrounding sexual minority identities and practices. This discussion-based course is designed to encourage deep, thoughtful analysis of issues surrounding gender and sexuality.

PSYC 435 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with WGSS 305-01.In this seminar, we will discuss current psychological theory and research relating to gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and sexual practices. The course is designed to acquaint you with some of the key issues, questions, and findings in this field, as well as to allow you to develop some of the critical skills needed to evaluate research findings. We will discuss such topics as traditional and alternative gender identities; gender conformity and socialization in childhood; transgender and transsexual identities; the development of heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer identities; the coming out process; the relationship between gender and sexual orientation; social pressures and compulsory heterosexuality; heterosexism, homophobia, and the stigma and prejudice surrounding sexual minority identities and practices. This discussion-based course is designed to encourage deep, thoughtful analysis of issues surrounding gender and sexuality.