Dr. Tina Deshotels

Interim Department Head/Professor
205B Brewer Hall
Phone: 256-782-5350
Fax: 256-782-5168


Dr. Deshotels' Curriculum Vitae

Tina Deshotels

Courses Taught

  • SY 221 Introduction to Sociology,
  • SY222 Honor's Introduction to Sociology,
  • SY308 Pop Culture,
  • SY 320 Criminology,
  • SY322 Juvenile Delinquency,
  • SY358 Sociology of Sports,
  • SY 365 Drugs and Society,
  • SY 427 Understanding Society I,
  • SY441 Independent Study, and
  • SY460 Internship

Academic/Research Interests

  • 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.


  • 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                                                                                                                                                                             
  • The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. in Sociology
    Honor's Thesis: A Sociological Study of Nude Dancers


  • Deshotels, Tina. Hebert., & Forsyth, C. J. (accepted). Sexual Subcultures and On-line Spaces. In Palgrave Handbook of International Cybercrime and Cyberdeviance. New York City, New York, U.S.: Palgrave.
  • Deshotels, Tina Hebert., & Forsyth, C. J. (accepted). Conjuring, Expanding, and Blurring Boundaries of Sexual Subcultures: The grounding of the fluid.  Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal/Taylor and Francis.  
  • Deshotels, Tina Hebert, Earwood, S., New, B., Fulmer, J., & Forsyth, C. (2018). For HE Tells Me So: Techniques of Neutralization Applied to Christian Domestic Discipline. Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal/Taylor and Francis.  
  • Ross, J., Deshotels, Tina Hebert, & Forsyth, C. J. (2016). Fantasy Objects: The Perception of Safety of Emergency Shelter in Place Kits, 37(6), 692–708. Deviant Behavior:  An Interdisciplinary Journal/Taylor and Francis.   
  • 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:  An Interdisciplinary Journal/Taylor and Francis, 33(2), 140-148.

    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)

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

    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”

    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.