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Griff Tester

Griff TesterBackground

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. I earned my B.A. in Communications from the University of Akron and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.




I regularly teach:

SOC 101: Social Problems

SOC 107: Principles of Sociology

SOC 358: Sociology of Sexuality

SOC 362: Social Movements

SOC 363: Methods of Social Research

SOC 365: Minority Groups

SOC 460: Community Structure & Organization

WGSS 250: Introduction to Queer Studies

My overarching goal as a teacher is to use the classroom as a site of intellectual, personal, and social inspiration and transformation. To do this, I am committed to interactive and collaborative learning, developing students’ critical thinking skills, and creating an accessible learning environment.



I am interested in aging, sexualities, and community and urban sociology.

My current work explores the meanings gay and queer people attach to PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), a relatively new biomedical HIV prevention approach, and their experiences using it or with others using it.


Selected Recent Publications

Tester, Griff, Jill C. Hoxmeier, and Yogbir Singh. 2018. “Knowledge of and Attitudes about PreExposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Primary Care Providers in Two Rural Washington State Counties.” Washington State Journal of Public Health Practice 10: 1-29.

Tester, Griff and Jennifer Rosen. 2018. "PrEP for HIV Prevention: Community Controversy and Generational Sexualities." In Mindy Stombler, Dawn M. Baunach, Wendy Simonds, Elroi J. Windsor, and Elisabeth O. Burgess (Eds), Sex Matters: The Sexuality & Society Reader. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

Tester, Griff, Jill C. Hoxmeier, and Yogbir Singh. 2018. "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Knowledge and Attitudes Among Yakima and Kittitas County Primary Care Provides." Technical Report for Community Health of Central Washington.

Hoxmeier, Jill C., Griff Tester. 2018. "CWU Student Sexual Health Survey, Health Services Utilization." Technical Report for Central Washington University Student Medical and Counseling Clinic.

Tester, Griff. 2017. "And Then AIDS Came Along": A Life Course Turning Point and Sub-Cohorts of Older Gay Men." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 30(1): 33-48.  

Tester, Griff and Eric R. Wright. 2017. "Older Gay Men and Their Support Convoys." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 72(3): 488-497. (Online first, May 2016) 

Van Dyke, Nella and Griff Tester. 2014. “Dangerous Climates: Factors Influencing Variation in Racist Hate Crimes on College Campuses.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30:290-309.

Tester, Griff & Adia M. Harvey Wingfield. 2013. “Moving Past Picket Fences: The Meaning of Home for Public Housing Residents.” Sociological Forum 28(1):70-84.




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