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Sadie Counts

Ph.D. Student


Sadie Counts is a Knoxville native and former competitive swimmer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska in 2018 majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies, and Spanish. While there she wrote an honors thesis focusing on the construction of masculinity within Brazilian society and its relationship to violence against transgender woman. During her four years at Nebraska Sadie worked at the Great Plains Art Museum where she was a Guest Services Administrator.

Sadie is working on her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on museums as queer spaces, queer art, and how queer artists utilize museums in order to explore and express notions of queer identity. Sadie is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.


Research Interests: Queer theory, feminist theory, human sexuality, museums and ethnology, visual culture, curation, human rights, necropolitics, identity politics, body politics

Contact Information

  • Chair: Dr. Tamar Shirinian