Dr. Beth Cavalier


Dr. Beth Cavalier

Professor of Sociology

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Dr. Cavalier graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University in December 2009. Her dissertation,“Working it ‘Out’: Employee Negotiations of Sexual Identity in Sport Organizations” examines the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual employees in professional, collegiate and co-ed sport. She primarily studies sport, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality. She has a wealth of college teaching experience at both the introductory and upper levels and earned a certificate of excellence in teaching in higher education as a graduate student. Her current research projects examine community sports, aging and sexuality.


  • Doctorate – sociology – Georgia State University
  • Master's – sociology – Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's – sociology – Ithaca College

Academic Interests

  • Sport sociology
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Teaching and learning
  • Social inequality


  • Cavalier, Elizabeth. 2012. “I Don’t ‘Look Gay’: Sexual Identity Disclosure Differences in Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Ed Sport.” Chapter in Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality, Edited by Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson, Routledge.
  • Cavalier, Elizabeth. 2011. “Men at Sport: Gay Men’s Experiences in the Sport Workplace.” Journal of Homosexualities 58 (5): 626-646.
  • Cavalier, Elizabeth and Elisabeth Burgess. 2009. “Too Young to Consent.” Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (3rd Edition), Edited by Mindy Stombler, Dawn M. Baunach, Elisabeth O. Burgess, Denise Donnelly, Wendy Simonds, and Elroi J. Windsor. Pearson Education.


  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence – Georgia State University
  • Hybrid Teaching Fellow – Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Dr. Jacqueline Boles Teaching Fellowship – Georgia State University