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Brian N. Sweeney

Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan UniversityM.A., Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington


Dr. Sweeney joined the LIU Post faculty in Fall 2007 after finishing a Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Sweeney teaches courses on youth, gender, sexuality and education. His research mainly investigates gender, sexuality, and peer cultures, old and young.

Some of the issues Dr. Sweeney explores in his research include how men view appropriate sexual behavior for men and women, how men's sexual respect and disrespect toward women is influenced by peer cultures, and how men's behavior and notions of women's sexuality affect women's sexual agency and subjectivity.

More recently Dr. Sweeney has turned his interest in sexuality and peer cultures toward an investigation of aging among sexual minorities. He is currently collecting data in multiple Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (or NORCs) to investigate how friendship can promote healthy aging among GLBT elders.


Gender, Sexuality, Youth, Education, Aging


Brian Sweeney. “Women and Sexuality.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Edited by Kevin L. Nadal. SAGE Publications. (2015)

Brian Sweeney. “Slut Shaming.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Edited by Kevin L. Nadal. SAGE Publications.(2015)

Brian Sweeney. “Sorting Women Sexually: Masculine Status, Sexual Performance, and the Objectification of Women.” Symbolic Interaction. (2014)

Brian Sweeney. “Party Animals or Responsible Men: Social Class, Race, and Masculinity on Campus.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. (2014) 

Brian Sweeney. “Hooking Up.” The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Wiley-Blackwell.(2014)

Brian Sweeney. “Ruling Out Rape: Drinking and Sexual Assault.” Contexts. (2014)

Brian Sweeney. “Performance Anxieties: Undoing Sexist Masculinities among College Men.” Culture, Society, and Masculinities. (2013)

Brian Sweeney.  “To Sexually Perform or Protect: Masculine Identity Construction and Perceptions of Women's Sexuality on a University Campus in the Midwestern USA." Gender, Place and Culture. (2013)

Brian Sweeney. “The Allure of the Freshman Girl: Peers, Parting, and the Sexual Assault of First Year Women.” The Journal of College and Character. (2011)

Elizabeth Armstrong, Laura Hamilton, and Brian Sweeney. “Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape.” Social Problems. Vol. 53: 4. (2007)


  • David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, Long Island University, 2015


  • Member, American Sociological Association
  • Member, The Eastern Sociological Society
  • Member, The Society for the Study of Social Problems