Medieval gender and sexuality, codes of normativity in gender and sexuality, neo-medievalism, popular culture, social institutionalism, medieval queenship, sociohistorical construction of heteronormative masculinity, collegiate masculinity, and collegiate sexual expression
Austin has a BA in European History, focusing on early modern European religious interactions between Abrahamic faiths communities. He received his MA in World History, with an emphasis on Norman/Plantagenet England and Capetian France. Austin also completed a G.C. in Gender Studies, with a concentration on historical creation of collegiate masculinity. From 2014-2016, he was a lecturer at Armstrong State University’s Gender Studies Program.
Austin began the PhD program in Cultural Studies in 2016 and is interested in how regionalism and institutionalism codify collegiate masculinity, the sociohistorical creation of the collegiate man, and the space fraternal organizations hold both on campuses and in the collective understanding of collegiate men.