Stephenson Brooks Whitestone

Graduate Student


Keywords:  intergroup/interpersonal, discrimination after death, end-of-life communication

My primary areas of interest revolve around the trans experience, including aging, death and dying, intergenerational interactions, and media portrayals.


Stephenson Brooks Whitestone is a Ph.D. student in the Communication Department at UCSB. They received their B.S. in Marketing (with a minor in English) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and their M.S. in Radio, Television, and Film from Syracuse University.


Through an innovative application of the Communication Theory of Identity, my research explores instances in which the post-mortem identities of marginalized individuals are distorted or erased by agents associated with the dominant culture. My work specifically examines the troubling phenomenon of de-transitioning transgender people after their deaths.


Dissertation: “Transgender Identity After Death: A Theoretical Examination of Inaccurate Post-Mortem Identity Enactments.” Dissertation defense June 2022.