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the story of sexual identity (2009, Oxford University Press)

This book assembles a diverse group of scholars working within a new, pathbreaking paradigm of sexual science, fusing perspectives from history, sociology, and psychology. The contributors are united in their commitment to the idea of "narrative" as central to the study of sexual identity, offering an analytic approach to social science inquiry on sexual identity that restores the voices of sexual subjects. The result is a rich examination of lives in context, with an eye toward multiplicity and meaning across the life course. Central to the chapters in this volume is the significance of history, generation, and narrative in the provision of a workable and meaningful configuration of identity.


the oxford series on sexuality, identity & society

The purpose of this series is to foster creative scholarship on sexuality, identity, and society that (a) integrates an appreciation for the historical grounding of sexuality research, (b) seeks to transcend or integrate the boundaries constructed by disciplinary approaches, and (c) takes theoretical and methodological risks to move the field forward. As such we seek to solicit manuscripts that identify with a new kind of inquiry in sexuality research—one that moves us beyond questions of “origins” and “categories” toward the meaning of desire, experience, and identity in particular contexts.



Hammack, P. L., Pletta, D. P., Hughes, S. D., Atwood, J. M., Cohen, E. M., & Clark, R. C. (2022). Community support for sexual and gender diversity, minority stress, and mental health: A mixed-methods study of adolescents with minoritized sexual and gender identities. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 

Hammack, P. L., Hughes, S. D., Atwood, J. M., Cohen, E. M., & Clark, R. (2022). Gender and sexual identity in adolescence: A mixed methods study of labeling in diverse community settings. Journal of Adolescent Research, 37(2), 167-220.

Hammack, P. L., Grecco, B., Wilson, B. D. M., & Meyer, I. H. (2022). “White, tall, top, masculine, muscular”: Narratives of intracommunity stigma in young sexual minority men’s experience on mobile apps. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51, 2413-2428.


Copulsky, D., & Hammack, P. L. (2021). Asexuality graysexuality, and demisexuality: Distinctions in desire, behavior, and identity. Journal of Sex Research.  

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2020). Narratives of the origins of kinky sexual desire held by users of a kink-oriented social networking website. Journal of Sex Research. 

Barsigian, L., Hammack, P.L., Morrow, Q., Wilson, B.D.M., & Russell, S.T. (2020). Narratives of gender, sexuality, and community in three generations of genderqueer sexual minorities. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 7(3), 276-292.


Bishop, M. D., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Sexual identity development milestones in three generations of sexual minority people: A national probability sample. Developmental Psychology. 

Krueger, E. A., Fish, J. N., Hammack, P. L., Lightfoot, M., Bishop, M. D., & Russell, S. T. (2020). Comparing national probability and community-based samples of sexual minority adults: Implications and recommendations for sampling and measurement. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49, 1463-1475.


Krueger, E. A., Holloway, I., Lightfoot, M., Lin, A., Hammack, P. L., & Meyer, I. H. (2020). Psychological distress, felt stigma, and HIV prevention in a national probability sample of gay and bisexual men who have sex with men. LGBT Health, 7(4), 190-197.


Frost, D.M., Hammack, P.L., Wilson, B.D.M., Russell, S.T., Lightfoot, M., & Meyer, I.H. (2019). The qualitative interview in psychology and the study of social change: Sexual identity development, minority stress, and health in the Generations Study. Qualitative Psychology. 

Hammack, P. L., Toolis, E. E., Wilson, B. D. M., Clark, R., & Frost, D. M. (2019). Making meaning of the impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on public health and sexual culture: Narratives of three generations of gay and bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi:

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2019). Affirmation, compartmentalization, and isolation: Narratives of identity sentiment among kinky people. Psychology & Sexuality. doi:10.1080/19419899.2019.1575896

Hammack, P. L., Frost, D.M., & Hughes, S.D. (2019). Queer intimacies: A new paradigm for the study of relationship diversity. Journal of Sex Research, 56, 556-592. 

Hammack, P. L., Meyer, I. H., Krueger, E. A., Lightfoot, M., & Frost, D. M. (2018). HIV testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, familiarity, and attitudes among gay and bisexual men in the United States: A national probability sample of three birth cohorts. PLoS ONE, 13(9), e0202806. doi:

Hammack, P.L. (2018). Gay men’s identity development in the twenty-first century: Continuity and change, normalization and resistance. Human Development, 61, 101-125.

Hammack, P. L. (2018). Social psychology and social justice: Critical principles and perspectives for the twenty-first century. In P. L. Hammack (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of social psychology and social justice (pp. 3-39). New York: Oxford University Press.


Hammack, P.L., Frost, D.M., Meyer, I.H., & Pletta, D. (2018). Gay men’s health and identity: Social change and the life course. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47,59-74.


Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E.E. (2016). Putting the social into personal identity: The master narrative as root metaphor for psychological and developmental science. Human Development, 58,350-364.


Hammack, P.L., & Toolis, E. (2015). Identity, politics, and the cultural psychology of adolescence. In L. Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human development and culture (pp. 396-409). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hammack, P.L. (2015). Theoretical foundations of identity. In K.C. McLean & M. Syed (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of identity development (pp. 11-30). New York: Oxford University Press. 

Hammack, P.L. (2014). Mind, story, society: The political psychology of narrative. In M. Hanne, W. Crano, & J.S. Mio (Eds.), Warring with words: Narrative and metaphor in politics (pp. 51-77). New York: Psychology Press.

Hammack, P. L., & Toolis, E.E. (2014). Narrative and the social construction of adulthood. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 145, 43-56. 

Hammack, P.L., Mayers, L., & Windell, E.P. (2013). Narrative, psychology, and the politics of sexual identity in the United States: From “sickness” to “species” to “subject.” Psychology & Sexuality, 4(3), 219-243.

Hammack, P.L., & Pilecki, A. (2012). Narrative as a root metaphor for political psychology. Political Psychology, 33(1), 75-103.


Hammack, P.L. (2011). Narrative and the politics of meaning. Narrative Inquiry, 21(2), 311-318.


Hammack, P.L., & Cohler, B.J. (2011). Narrative, identity, and the politics of exclusion: Social change and the gay and lesbian life course. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 8, 162-182. 


Hammack, P.L., & Windell, E. (2011). Psychology and the politics of same-sex desire in the United States: An analysis of three cases. History of Psychology, 14(3), 220-248.


Hammack, P.L. (2010). The political psychology of personal narrative: The case of Barack Obama. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 10(1), 182-206.


Hammack, P.L. (2010). The cultural psychology of Palestinian youth: A narrative approach. Culture & Psychology, 16(4), 507-537. 


Hammack, P.L. (2010). Identity as burden or benefit? Youth, historical narrative, and the legacy of political conflict. Human Development, 53(4), 173-201.


Hammack, P.L., Thompson, E.M., & Pilecki, A. (2009). Configurations of identity among sexual minority youth: Context, desire, and narrative. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 867-883. 


Hammack, P.L. (2008). Narrative and the cultural psychology of identity. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12(3), 222-247.


Cohler, B.J., & Hammack, P.L. (2007). The psychological world of the gay teenager: Social change, narrative, and “normality.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 36, 47-59.


Hammack, P.L. (2006). Identity, conflict, and coexistence: Life stories of Israeli and Palestinian adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 21(4), 323-369.


Hammack, P.L. (2005). The life course development of human sexual orientation: An integrative paradigm. Human Development, 48, 267-290.


Hammack, P.L. (2005). Advancing the revolution in the science of sexual identity development. Human Development, 48, 303-308.



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