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Josephine Barnett
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Sociology

Degrees/Diplomas: B.A. Sociology and Media Studies, Queens College; M.S. Applied Social Research, Hunter College

Research Interests: visual sociology, media/film studies, medical sociology, generational trauma, critical disability studies, mental health, and feminist criminology

Josephine Barnett is a Ph.D. student earning a doctorate in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She currently holds a position as an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching Research Methods and Analysis in the Sociology Department at Queens College (CUNY). As a trained photographer and sociologist, she employed visual research methods in her work entitled Painting a Voice, which explored how individuals living with stigmatizing illnesses (e.g., HIV/AIDS, breast cancer) used graffiti to raise social awareness about the illness, while also reclaiming their body and public space through ‘street art. Such work was awarded The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and continues to be showcased by the International Visual Sociology Association. Josephine is currently developing her dissertation proposal, which aims to bridge sociological theory and visual research methodologies, exploring generational and cultural trauma. Employing mixed methods that include the use of ‘the family photo album’ and ‘home videos’ as data, she seeks to identify the visual aspects that contribute to the concealment (and exposure) of a traumatic past rooted in systemic acts of violence across generations.