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. Her areas of expertise include gender, sexualities, feminist and queer theory, social psychology, and qualitative methods. Her research examines how individuals navigate hegemonic cultural meanings of gender and sexuality in interpersonal interactions and develop sexual and gendered identities through those interactions. 

Her book project, Power and Pleasure: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in BDSM Communities, argues that BDSM participants simultaneously draw on and resist normative cultural beliefs about gender, power, and sexuality in complex ways as they construct their identities, relationships, and interactions. She has published related work 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.

She is also currently editing (with J. Sumerau and Andrea Miller), Expanding the Romantic Rainbow: Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Trans, Ace, Poly, Kink, and Intersex People, which brings together original empirical research on alternative genders and sexualities.

Through her work with Emory’s Nature of Evidence initiative, she is also engaged in a qualitative study (with Tracy Scott) of how faculty in the arts and sciences construct and understand the meaning of evidence in their disciplines.