Alicia Suarez is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests include medical sociology, sexuality, gender, deviance and criminology. Her past research examines illness experience with hepatitis C virus (HCV), a culturally invisible chronic illness. Her current research focuses on direct entry midwifery practice in prohibition states. She teaches a variety of course in the Sociology department including a FYS on HIV/AIDS in the United States and Medical Sociology, Introduction to Women’s Studies and several courses cross-listed in Sociology and Women’s Studies including, Sexuality, Culture and Power and Women and Health.