Zoe Muzyczka

Zoe Muzyczka , MPH

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Zoe Muzyczka (they/them) is a 3rd year PhD graduate student in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Their research interests and future dissertation work focus particularly around medicalization of fatness and anti-fat attitudes in medical settings, the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class with anti-fat attitudes in society and within fat liberation movements, as well as fat embodiment in public spaces and media. During their first two years in the program, they were a graduate research assistant for the research consortium Ohio Policy Evaluation Network (OPEN) where they worked with ongoing survey research projects regarding abortion patients experiences with care in Ohio. Now focusing on building their teaching pedagogy, they are a teaching assistant for Introduction of Sociology, and working on developing future courses related to their interest area of Fat Studies. In order to deepen their understanding of the inherent hetero-patriarchal, colonialisms underpinning the anti-Black attitudes that make up the core of anti-fat prejudice today, they are working on a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Transnational Feminism of Color, Black Feminisms, and Queer scholarship. Not forgetting their public health training, they (along with 3 colleagues and the local organization Transgender Advocacy Council) were recently awarded the 2021 CCTST Academic-Community Partnership Student Award for their work with the co-developed community survey research project aimed at assessing the needs of the Transgender community in Cincinnati. Follow them on twitter @ZMuzyczka.


BA: New College of Florida Sarasota, FL, 2015 (Political Science)

MPH: University of Florida Gainesville, FL, 2020 (Social & Behavioral Sciences)