Sam Kizer

Sam Kizer

Graduate Student, 2017 Cohort

About Sam Kizer

Autistic, gay, chubby, and proud of it all, Sam Kizer comes to IU from Fayetteville, North Carolina and centers his research on how autistic people understand and perform gender. Particularly, he is interested in how media—especially Internet phenomena—construct understandings of what it means to be autistic and how these notions align, resist, and/or completely redefine ideas about masculinity. By situating autism in this way, Sam hopes to offer fresh ways for autistic people (including himself) to make sense of their identities and more effectively navigate a neurotypical society.

Education History

2016, M.A., Gender and Women’s Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Master’s Thesis: Representing Autistic Masculinity: Hegemonic Gender Performances in Contemporary Autism Films

2014, B.A., Communication, High Point University, Concentration: Media and Popular Culture Studies, Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies

Research Interests

Autism and autistic culture; critical disability studies; disability, media, and representation; LGBTQ studies

Selected Awards

High Point University Women’s and Gender Studies Program Award for Excellence in Academics and Service, 2014

High Point University Nido R. QubeinSchool of Communication Award for Outstanding Scholarship, 2014