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Sebastian Cordoba

Lecturer in Psychology

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Sebastian Cordoba



Dr Sebastian Cordoba is a Lecturer in Psychology for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at University of Suffolk. Sebastian is a social and LGBTQ psychologist. His areas of expertise lie in the psychology of gender and sexuality, language, and identity.


Research Interests

Sebastian’s research interests are inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from sociology and linguistics, and using mixed methods designs. For his doctoral research, Sebastian explored the ways in which non-binary-identified people navigate social interactions and language use both offline and online. Sebastian combined corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, and assemblage theory to conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Sebastian is currently turning his dissertation into a monograph for the Routledge Gender and Sexualities in Psychology series. Sebastian is also a member of the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) UK regional network.


  • B.A. Human Development – California State University Long Beach (2011)
  • M.A. General Psychology – The City College of New York (2016)
  • Ph.D. Psychology – De Montfort University (2020)


Sebastian is currently teaching on the following modules:

  • L4 Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology (Block 2)
  • L5 Psychological Aspects of Health
  • L5 Social and Developmental Psychology
  • L5 Experimental Design and Analysis

Sebastian is also an Adjunct Lecturer at The City College of New York where he has taught a wide range of psychology courses including statistics, life-span development, adolescence and youth, and psychology of gender and sexuality.


  • Peer-reviewed publications:

Cordoba, S. (2020). Non-binary sexualities: The language of desire, practice, and embodiment. In Z. Davy, A. Santos, C. Bertone, R. Thoreson & S. Wieringa (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of global sexualities (Vol. 1 & 2, pp. 877-896). London: SAGE.

Davy, Z. & Cordoba, S. (2019). School and gender variant children: Parents’ and guardians’ perspectives. Journal of LGBT Family Studies. doi:10.1080/1550428X.2019.1647810  

  • Theses:

Cordoba, S. (2020). Exploring on-binary genders: Language and Identity. Ph.D. Dissertation. De Montfort University.

Cordoba, S. (2016). Language preference and cognitive availability of sexual identity in gay Japanese bilinguals: An analysis of habitual use of linguistic categories. Unpublished Thesis. CUNY Academic Works.

  • Working monograph/papers:

Cordoba, S. (2021/2). Non-binary gender identities: The language of becoming. London: Routledge’s Gender and Sexualities in Psychology

Cordoba, S. & Davy, Z. (in prep). Parents of gender-diverse children: Gender and linguistic becomings at school.


Non-binary Sexualities: Exploring a Corpus of Non-binary Language. Lavender Languages & Linguistics 26. The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (May 2019).

Gender DiversityWorld Social Work Day 2019: Power in Practice. De Montfort University. Leicester, UK. (March 2019).

Non-binary Identities and Language: What Can We Learn for Future Practice?  Social Care, Learning and Development HUB Lecture Series. De Montfort University. Leicester, UK. (February 2019).

Non-binary Genders: Language and Identity – Confronting Linguistic Normativity. Lavender Languages and Linguistics 25. Rhode Island College. Providence, USA. (April 2018).

Articulating and Navigating Non-Binary Identity: Insights from LanguageGender in the Contemporary World: Articulation, Navigation, and Change Conference. Queen Mary University. London, UK. (March 2018). With Ynda Jas.

School and Gender Variant Children: Parents’ and Guardians’ PerspectivesEuropean Sociological Association 13th. Athens, Greece. (September 2017). With Dr Zowie Davy.

Non-Binary Genders and Language Use. Lavender Languages & Linguistics 24. Nottingham University. Nottingham, UK. (April 2017).

Collecting Writing Samples from Non-Binary People to Inform About Gender Diversity. Public Sociology and the Role of the Researcher: Engagement, Communication and Academic Activism. British Sociological Society, UK. (March 2017).

Language Preference and Cognitive Availability of Sexual Identity in Gay Japanese Individuals. The City College of New York Ninth Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. New York, USA. (May 2016).