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Steven Dashiell Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Sociology

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CAS - Sociology
Additional Positions at AU
Postdoctoral Fellow, Game Center
PhD, Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County <br />
MA, Applied Sociology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Steven Dashiell is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies language, specifically the nature of discourses in male-dominated subcultures. His work looks at how understood assumptions in language and behavior work to set rules in these spaces that reflect on our interpretations of masculinity. His recent work in progress looks at groups as wide ranging as the military, barbershop patrons, gamers, and Bronies.

Dr. Dashiell is a postdoctoral fellow dually assigned to the Department of Sociology and the Game Center. He is an Army veteran with significant experience in public health.
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Spring 2022

  • SOCY-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Masculinities/Social World

Fall 2022

  • SOCY-210 Power, Privilege & Inequality

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Dashiell, S. 2022. "Deconstructing gender capital involving conversations of male military sexual trauma on Reddit" Sexuality & Culture Online First 1-17

Dashiell, S. 2022. "DM Habitus: The Social Dispositions of Game Mastering in Dungeons and Dragons" Japanese Journal of Analog Role Playing Game Studies 1(3): 3-13.

Dashiell, S. 2022. "[SELLING] – Gender Capital in the commerce of Men’s Underwear on Reddit" Critical Studies of Men's Fashion. 9(2): 147-162.

Dashiell, S.  2022. "Chasing the Dragon (Magazine): gender erasure through Discourse in Dragon Magazine 1978-2005" Cultural Studies <-->Critical Methodologies. vol 22 no.6 620-630

Dashiell, S. .2022. "Discussions of Fantasy Characters and Demonstrations of a Defensive Hybridity in Gamer Masculinity", Journal of Men's Studies published Online First 

Dashiell, S. 2021. "“Table Talk”: Defining Metadiscourse of Analog Games" Acta Ludologica 4(2): 96-107.

Dashiell, S. 2021. "Masculine Compensation via Language in Judgment Free Zones: The Case of Bronies" Studies in Popular Culture 43(2):777-103.

Research Interests

masculinity, language & discourse, social inequality, cultures and subcultures, male-dominated spaces, games (analog & digital) , social media, military culture, African American male subculture.

Work In Progress

(in revision) Dashiell, S. "Symbolic violence in the language of game descriptions of blackness: the case of Pathfinder" Games & Culture

(under review)  “Analyzing gender capital in Grand Theft Auto social media conversations” Culture, Media and Society.

(under review) “Men, erotic habitus, and masculine discourse: The case of No Fap”. Sexualities.