Molly Merryman, PhD is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and an associate professor of Sociology at Kent State University in the United States. She is the research director for Queer Britain, the UK’s national LGBT Museum. Merryman is a documentary filmmaker and author, whose scholarly work explores societal marginalization, with a particular focus on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and race.
She is the director and producer of nine documentary videos, which have screened internationally at film festivals and universities, been shown on broadcast and cable television, and been part of exhibits at museums and galleries, including the MOMA PS1 and the Library of Congress in the US, and the Salisbury Arts Centre in the UK.
Merryman is the author of Clipped Wings: the Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, first published in 1997 and scheduled to be reissued with an updated preface in 2020. She is also the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is the vice president of the International Visual Sociology Association and serves on review boards of the Paris Ethnografilm Festival, the IVSA flagship journal Visual Studies and the Journal of Video Ethnography.
At Kent State University, she was the founding director of the Women’s Center and was one of three faculty who started the first LGBTQ Studies program in Ohio, and she established the university’s LGBTQ Student Center and the LGBTQ Student Emergency Fund. Her efforts have been recognized by receiving the University’s Diversity Trailblazer Award.