Dr. Tina H. Deshotels

Florida State University, Ph.D. Sociology
Major Area:  Organizations and Institutions
Dissertation:  Engaging a Debate: An Exploration of the Effectiveness of Theories of Engagement and Gender on Explaining Depression in the Nursing Home     
Middle Tennessee State University, M.A. in Sociology
Thesis Naming Sexual Harassment:  A Process                                                                                                                                                                           
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. in Sociology
Honor's Thesis  : A Sociological Study of Nude Dancers
Rank: Professor and Program Coordinator of Sociology
Tenure at JSU: Since August, 2005
Curriculum Vitae For Dr. Deshotels
Dr. Tina Hebert Deshotels (Dez-ah-tel) received her B.A. in sociology from what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1996; her M.A. in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Florida State University in 2004. She has taught at a variety of colleges and universities from large, state universities to small, private, liberal arts colleges. 
Dr. Deshotel's areas of interest are broad, but generally fall under the umbrella of Theory, Gender and Deviance.  Her research, teaching and service centers on demonstrating the importance of theorizing explanations of social phenomena using multiple levels of analysis.  For example, one research project builds on her previous work in the area of sex work by examining power in exotic dancing at the micro, meso and macro levels of analysis.  Dr. Deshotels is active on campus and in the community through work with student and community organizations in particular through guest lectures, workshops and panels (see below for more description of workshops, guest lectures and panels she provides and be sure to contact her about available  details).  Contact Dr. Deshotels directly to check speaking, panel and/or workshop availability.    
Courses Taught:  At JSU SY 221 Introduction to Sociology, SY310 Marriage and Family, SY 313 Social Psychology, SY 320 Criminology, SY322 Juvenile Delinquency, SY324 Social Stratification, SY 365 Drugs and Society, SY 367 Sociology of Sexualities, SY 368 Theories of Gender, SY 427 Classical Social Theory, SY428 Contemporary Social Theory, SY441 Independent Study, and SY460 Internship
At Other Universities:  Social Problems, Sociological Methods, Aging Across the Life Course, Sex and Gender, and Family Problems and Social Change
Service (selected)
Student Groups 
Guest Speaker/Workshops/Panels
“Dancing With Power:  Exotic Dancing and Power Dynamics”
“Assertiveness Training Workshop”
“Assertiveness Training: Train the Trainer Workshop”
“WISE Activism:  Praxis makes Perfect”
“Activism and The Divine Feminine: Once and Future Images”
“Conflicting Messages:  Sexuality and Institutional Forces”
“SPSS Workshop”
“Healthy Relationships”
“Panel:  Women in The Workplace”
“Panel:  What you Need to Know about Graduate School”
“Dance for A Chicken” Rural Mardi Gras Celebrations”
“Introducing Intersectionality:  The Matrix of Oppression and Gendered Violence”
“My Favorite Theorist:  Jurgen Habermas”

Recent Publications

Ross, Jeremy A., Tina H. Deshotels, and Craig J. Forsyth. 2016. “Fantasy Objects: The Perception  of Safety of Emergency Shelter in Place Kits.” Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal 37(6):692-708

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. 2014. "Peacemaking Criminology". In Craig J. Forsyth and  Heith Copes (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Deviance (vol. 2, pp. 489-492). Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications. http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/encyclopedia-of-social-deviance/SAGE.xml

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. 2014. "Queer Theory". In Craig J. Forsyth and  Heith Copes (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Deviance (vol. 2, pp. 572-575). Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications. http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/encyclopedia-of-social-deviance/SAGE.xml

Deshotels, Tina Hebert., Gerald Hebert, and Craig J. Forsyth.  2013. The Declining Criminal Arts: The Pick Pocket. The International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Law/Serials Publication, 8(1-2), 69-76.

Deshotels, Tina Hebert, and Ruth. Chananie. 2013. Introduction to "Binders Full of Women:  Gendered Identities, Experiences and Institutions". Sociological Spectrum/Taylor and Francis Group LLC/Routledge, 33(5)

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. 2013. Engendering Depression: Medical and Social Explanations for Gender Differences in Depression. The International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Law, 8(1-2), 1-32. 

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. H., C.R. Derise, and Craig J. Forsyth. 2012. "A Relative Comparison of Hate Crimes Over Time.". The International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Law, 7(1-2), 15-20. 

Deshotels, Tina Hebert, Craig J. Forsyth, and Molley Tinney. 2011. McSexy:  Exotic Dancing and Institutional Power. Deviant Behavior/Taylor and Francis, 33(2), 140-148.

Research in Submission

Deshotels, Tina Hebert and Craig J. Forsyth "A Sad State of Affairs: Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression Among the Nursing Home Elderly". International Journal of Social Anthropology.

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. "Naming Sexual Harassment:  A Process". The International Journal of Crime, Criminal Justice and Law/Serials Publication.

Deshotels, Tina Hebert. "From Sacred to Demonic and Beyond:  RE/Presentations of Sexuality". Journal of Social Anthropology.

Research in Progress

"Dancing With Power" (Writing Results)
This project uses the framework established in my last publication "McSexy: Exotic Dancing and Institutional Power" to critically review the literature on the topic of exotic dance.  The review will examine findings from published articles on power and exotic dancing at the individual level, interactional level and institutional level.

 "Where's Your Evidence:  Critical Thinking through Writing and Discussion" (On-Going)
This project describes and assesses an activity designed to promote critical thinking, writing and discussion skills.  Students are required to write an analytic paper on an assigned reading and work collaboratively to lead a discussion on the topic.  A rubric is used to measure student learning outcomes of critical thinking as well as writing and communication skills.

"For HE Tells Me So:  Techniques of Neutralization Applied to Christian Domestic Discipline" (On-Going)

In this study we qualitatively examine publically available testimonials (n=18) on websites devoted exclusively to Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) to assess how practitioners justify intimate partner violence (IPV), through the lens of honor violence. Our analysis finds that neutralization theory is useful in understanding and potentially countering religiously justified IPV. Such understanding can help IPV prevention and response advocates as well as religious leaders counter religious justifications for IPV.

Service (Selected)

Professional and Community

Associate Editor, Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal
Editorial Board, Madridge Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Editor, “Forum: Mid-South Sociological Association Inc.”
Board Member, Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR), Montgomery AL


University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Gender Studies Curriculum Committee
Chair, Sociology Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee
Academic Advisor, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Editor, “Cher Ami:  The Unofficial Newsletter of the JSU Sociology Program”
Program Coordinator, “WISE Social Justice Forum”


Faculty Advisor (Jacksonville State University Student Group)

RESULTS Jacksonville
JSU Sociology Club
Alpha Kappa Delta
JSU Students for Equality
Women’s Issues, Support and Empowerment (WISE)

Workshop Descriptions

Dancing With Power:  Exotic Dancing and Power Dynamics

In this presentation I address the question, “Is sex work generally and exotic dancing specifically empowering for women?”  In order to address my question I analyze data gathered from 123 dancers across, in 32 different settings across the Southeastern U.S. to determine if dancers wield either material power (ability to control resources and actions) and/or ideal power (ability to control normative definitions).  My findings suggest that whether or not dancers wield material and/or ideal power varies by whether we focus on the individual (micro), organizational (meso) or institutional (macro) level of analysis.    

Assertiveness Training Workshop

In this workshop, I first cover emotional literacy (how to identify and name emotions).  Next we review styles of interaction (aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive and assertive) and the benefits of assertiveness.  Participants then practice assertiveness through guided role play. 

Assertiveness Training:  Train the Trainer

This workshop is a three session (attendance, co-presentation, supervised presentation) event designed to train participants to conduct assertiveness training workshops.  Participants first attend an assertiveness training workshop.  Next, they pick one topic to present during the next training.  While working on their projects, the potential trainer will get an opportunity to pair with another trainer in order to ask questions, clarify doubts and/or practice their presentation.  In the second training, the potential trainer co-presents the workshop.  If the potential trainer and trainer feel confident, the potential trainer presents the workshop on their own with the trainer present.  If both the trainer and potential trainer are confident, the potential trainer may then take over and run the workshop on their own. 

Activism and the Divine Feminine:  Once and Future Images

In this presentation we interactively explore how imaging the divine impacts our identities/interactions, organizations, and social institutions.  Next, we trace the historical gendering of religion and implications for gendered power relations.  We end by exploring ways to ameliorate gender inequality through capturing the divine feminine. 

WISE Activism:  Praxis Makes Perfect

This presentation explores how theories of gender impact actions designed to address gender inequality.  I first lead an activity that explores how traditional gender ideology embedded in our identities/interactions, organizations and institutions reproduces inequality.  Next, we examine varying solutions to gender inequality from different feminisms (liberal, radical, intersectional, cultural, post-colonial, eco-feminism, etc.).  We end with a discussion of the importance of both theory and practice in working to alleviate gender inequality. 

Conflicting Messages:  Sexuality and Institutional Forces

I lead an activity with the objective of focusing on the various societal messages that young people  receive about sexuality, many of which are conflicting.


SPSS Workshop

In this workshop participants learn how to enter data in the most widely used statistical software, “Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS)”

Healthy Relationships

This workshop will raise awareness of abuse in relationships, help participants recognize equal and healthy relationships and provide strategies for how to achieve them.

Panel:  Women in The Workplace

Panelists from a variety of fields cover particular challenges women face and strategies for thriving in the workplace.  


Panel:  What you Need to Know about Graduate School

Panelists address does and don’ts for applying to graduate school, what to expect in graduate school and strategies for making the first year in graduate school successful. 


Dance for A Chicken:  Rural Mardi Gras Celebrations

This presentation introduces participants to the unique traditions of rural Mardi Gras celebrations in south Louisiana.  By tracing ancient Mardi Gras traditions and symbolism, this presentation reveals the normative order in seemingly chaotic traditions as masked revelers on horseback play beggars, fools, and thieves, ‘raiding’ farmsteads and performing in exchange for charity or, in other words, "dance for a chicken" in order to make communal gumbos.

Introducing Intersectionality:  The Matrix of Oppression and Gendered Violence

This presentation introduces the concept of intersectionality and why it is important to violence  prevention.  We then explore ways to incorporate intersectionality into violence prevention efforts.  This workshop can be adapted to any organization whose goal is to further social justice. 

My Favorite Theorist:  Jurgen Habermas

In this presentation I outline the major tenants of the work of Jergen Habermas focusing on how his theories can be used in research and practice designed to promote social justice.  Topics covered include legitimation crisis (individuals lost faith in societal institutions) and communicative competence (how to agree on the criteria needed to communicate and ultimately agree about subjective beauty, objective truth, and intersubjective.