Brandy Simula

QEP Post-Doctoral Fellow

Office: 229 Tarbutton Hall



  • PhD in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University, 2012
  • MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University, 2010
  • BA in Sociology, French, & Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University, 2004
  • BS in History, Appalachian State University, 2004


Brandy Simula is a post-doctoral fellow on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): The Nature of Evidence and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. 

She received her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a disciplinary concentration in Sociology from Emory University. Her areas of research and teaching expertise are in gender, sexualities, social psychology, feminist and queer theory, and qualitative methods. Her research examines the social construction of meaning and how social interactions shape meaning-making processes.

Her first project examined how BDSM participants draw on hegemonic cultural beliefs about gender and power along with dominant cultural categories of sex and sexual identities to construct and interpret the meanings of their BDSM experiences. Work from that project has been published in Sexualities, the Journal of Homosexuality, the Journal of Bisexuality, Somewhere Over the Rainbow: A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias and Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology.  

Her current project, through her work with Emory’s Nature of Evidence initiative, is a qualitative study of how faculty across the disciplines construct and understand the meaning of evidence in their fields.