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Santinele Martino Alan, PhD Student

Alan Santinele Martino

PhD Student

Graduate Students
Department of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Interests

Gender & Sexualities
Social Inequality
Qualitative Research Methods


Short Bio:

Alan Santinele Martino is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. His main research interests are in disability, sexualities, contemporary social theories, and qualitative research methods. His dissertation examines the opportunities and challenges for adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada, to have a satisfying romantic and sexual life. He also explores the experiences and challenges of family members and support workers when supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities with questions related to sexuality and romance.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, McMaster University (expected completion 2018)
    • Supervisory Committee: Melanie Heath (Chair), Tina Fetner, Ann Fudge Schormans
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Lethbridge, 2014
  • B.A. Sociology (with honors), St. Lawrence University, 2011


Courses Taught

Co-Instructor, Disability Issues (CINT 902), G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Winter 2017. 


Teaching Assistantships

Sociology of Gender (SOCI 2410), Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, Spring 2014.

Sociology of Gender (SOCI 2410), Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, Fall 2013.

Sociology of the Body (SOCI 3460), Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, Spring 2013.

Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1000), Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, Fall 2012.


Selected Guest Lectures

“Disability and Sexuality.” Rethinking Disability (DST 501), Dr. Esther Ignagni, Department of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, 2016.

"Disability in Medical Sociology: How Far Have We Come? Where Are We Going Next?" Medical Sociology, Dr. Leah Rohlfsen, Department of Sociology, St. Lawrence University, 2016.

“Disability and Sexuality: The Missing Link.” Guest lecture, Sociology of Sexualities, Dr. Melanie Heath, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, 2016. 

"Disability, Gender, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Parenting." Social Work and Disability: Intersections and Exchanges, Dr. Ann Fudge Schormans, Department of Social Work, McMaster University, 2015.

"The Gendered Body: Disabilities and Sexualities." Sociology of Gender, Dr. Kara Granzow, Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, 2014.

"Disability, Sexuality, and (Lack Of) Marriage." Marriage and Citizenship, Women and Gender Studies Department, University of Lethbridge, 2014. 


Recent Conference Presentations

“Can Disability Humor Be Critical?” Canadian Sociological Association, Calgary, Canada, 2016.

"Scholarly Sound-Bites: Theorizing Disability and Sexuality Using a Sexual Fields Framework." Making Space for Intimate Citizenship and Developmental Disability, Toronto, Canada, 2015.

“Power struggles over the sexuality of some individuals with intellectual disabilities in Alberta, Canada.” American Sociological Association, Chicago, United States, 2015.

“Potentialities of a Sexier Bourdieusian Framework for Theorizing Disabled People’s Sexual Lives.” Canadian Sociological Association, Ottawa, Canada, 2015.


Recent Grants and Awards

Notable Mention: Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, Disability & Society Section, American Sociological Association (2015).

Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Government of Ontario & McMaster University (2014-2018).


Research Assistantships 

"Teaching Assistant Decision Making: An Exploration.” MacPherson Institute. Principal Investigators: Dr. Beth Marquis, McMaster University, and Dr. Torgny Roxå, Lund University (2016-).

“Harm or Right? Polygamy's Contested Terrain Within and Across Borders.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. Principal Investigator: Dr. Melanie Heath, McMaster University (2015-2016). 

"Eugenics to Newgenics in Alberta: Historical Continuities and Differences." Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. Principal Investigator: Dr. Claudia Malacrida, University of Lethbridge (2012-2014).



Santinele Martino, Alan. (Forthcoming). “Cripping Sexualities: An Analytic Review of Theoretical and Empirical Writing on the Intersection of Disabilities and Sexualities,” Sociology Compass.

Santinele Martino, Alan. 2016. Review of Corbett O'Toole's “Fading Scars: My Queer Disabled History.” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 5(2): 205-211.

Santinele Martino, Alan and Vanja Spirić. 2014. "The Giver: Movie Review." Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(4).  


Association Memberships

American Sociological Association

Canadian Disability Studies Association

Canadian Sociological Association

International Sociological Association