My academic career began in the Honours BA programme in psychology at York University where I trained in experimental social psychology. Developing an awareness of the theoretical and analytic constraints of psychology, particularly in its application to my own substantive interests in gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS, I decided to pursue an MA in a psychology programme at Wilfrid Laurier University that was open to critical perspectives and qualitative research paradigms. It was there that I was introduced to epistemological debates in social science methodology and I shifted my focus to qualitative methods. Following the completion of my MA, I returned to Toronto and pursued a PhD in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where I engaged in medical sociology and critical public health. I further developed analytic skills in social constructionist approaches to qualitative research, and in particular, discursive analyses, which I then applied to the field of gay men’s health and HIV/AIDS. Upon the completion of my doctorate in 2007, I joined the Department of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University first as contract faculty and then, in 2008, as full-time faculty. I spent two research leaves (in 2010 and 2015) as Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I trained in conversation analysis.
From 2000 to 2010, I served in various research roles across the health service sector and academic health units: The HIV Social, Behavioural, and Epidemiological Studies Unit, the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Polaris Seroconversion Study, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. Since 2011, I have collaborated extensively with
Over the course of my academic career, I have researched in the areas of gay men’s health, HIV/AIDS social services, critical public health, and qualitative methodology. In collaboration with community-based researchers, I have conducted social service and policy-oriented research. Concurrently, I am developing my own interests in applying conversation analysis to the fields of sexuality and critical perspectives on HIV/AIDS. I am currently leading three interrelated projects.
The first is an analysis of HIV non-disclosures law as it is represented in popular media. Through this research, I seek to understand the broader social and political contexts that shape the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The second, The HIV, Health, and Interaction Study, is a conversation analytic study on naturalistic talk involving people living with HIV/AIDS. This work aligns with other (conversation analytic) research that seeks to trouble normative assumptions that infuse and premise mundane conversations.
The final study uses conversation analysis to identify the interactional organization of news announcements (of HIV, of LGBT identity).
I have an active research programme that provides opportunities for (paid and unpaid) student research assistantships in my area of research.
Aguinaldo, J. P. (2018). ‘Dilemmas of voice’ in Community-based HIV Research. In S. Kleinknecht, L. van den Scott, and C. B. Sanders. (Eds.). The Craft of Qualitative Research (pp. 271-277). Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press.
Aguinaldo, J. P., Ahluwalia, A., Hambly, K., Koornstra, J., Rankin, B., & Roesslein, K. (2016). Needs and Supports in Transitional Housing for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Social Service Research, 42(3), 352-362.
Aguinaldo, J. P. (2012). Qualitative analysis in gay men’s health research: Comparing thematic, critical discourse, and conversation analysis. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(6), 765-787.
Aguinaldo, J. P. (2012). The social construction of ‘Filipina/o Studies’: Youth spaces, and subjectivities
Aguinaldo, J. P., Myers, T., Ryder, K., Haubrich, D. J., & Calzavara, L. (2009). Accounts of seroconversion among
Aguinaldo, J. P. (2008). The social construction of gay oppression as a determinant of gay men’s health: ‘Homophobia is killing us’. Critical Public Health, 18(1), 87-96.doi: 10.1080/09581590801958255
SY 281: Qualitative methods
SY 312: Introduction to Conversation Analysis
SY 601: Advanced Qualitative Methods
SY 603: Professionalisation
SY 621: Social Constructions of Health and Illness
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