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LGBTQ Researchers


LGBTQ+ Researchers


Welcome to the APPAM LGBTQ+ Researchers Community page! We are a vibrant, inclusive group dedicated to supporting and advancing LGBTQ+ research within the fields of public policy and management. Our community is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ researchers and promotes a culture of respect and diversity.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to foster a community that supports the professional and personal growth of LGBTQ+ researchers. We aim to drive impactful research, promote LGBTQ+ issues in policymaking, and build a strong network of support and collaboration.



Amy Cummings (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University whose research focuses on education policy and early literacy. She has co-chaired the LGBTQ+ Community since 2022.





Dr. Ben Harrell (he/his) is an assistant professor at Trinity University whose research focuses on LGBTQ+ health, health insurance markets, and access to care. He has co-chaired the LGBTQ+ Community since 2023.

Upcoming Events
Check back soon for updates!


Joining the Community
Interested in joining our community? We welcome LGBTQ+ researchers and students to join our Circle community by emailing You may also reach out directly to Amy ( or Ben ( and request to join our email list.