Shelton, Jama | MSW | PhD

Associate Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7548
Office: 449
Areas of Expertise:
Cis/heteronormativity & gender binarism
Social Work Education
Trans resilience and resistance
LGBTQ youth homelessness
Qualitative and arts-based research methods

Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
M.S.W., New York University, Silver School of Social Work

Community Organizing I & II
Social Work, Social Policy, & Bodily Autonomy
Sexuality & Social Work (LGBTQ+ Policy)

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Shelton, J., Dodd, S.J., Borgan, J., San Emeterio, G., & Wilhelm, A. (2023). A descriptive account of the practicum experiences of trans and nonbinary social work students. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 50(1).

DeChants, J., Shelton, J., Anyon, Y. & Bender, K. (2022). “I just want to move forward”: Themes of resilience among LGBTQ young adults experiencing family rejection and housing insecurity. Children and Youth Services Review.

DeChants, J., Shelton, J., Anyon, Y., & Bender, K. (2022). “It kinda breaks my heart”: LGBTQ young adults’ responses to family rejection. Family Relations, 1-19.

Shelton, J. & Dodd, SJ. (2021). Binary thinking and the limiting of human potential. Public Integrity, 23(6), 624-635.

Shelton, J., Seelman, K., Kroehle, K., Clark, E., & Dodd, SJ. (2021). Digital technologies and the violent surveillance of nonbinary gender. Journal of Gender Based Violence.

Kroehle, K., Shelton, J., Clarke, E., & Seelman, K. (2020). Mainstreaming dissidence: Examining binary gender among social work’s grand challenges. Social Work, swaa037.


Dr. Shelton's research examines cisgenderism in social services and social work education, as well as LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and structural inequities, focusing on identifying/addressing systemic barriers rooted in hetero/cisgenderism that constrain the successful transition into stable housing for trans/gender expansive youth and limit the efficacy of responses to homelessness.