See All Speakers

Esteemed Speaker

Dorian Rhea Debussy, Ph.D.


  • Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Full Bio

Dorian Rhea Debussy, Ph.D. (she/her) is a part-time Lecturer in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. After enjoying a decade-long career exclusively in higher education, Rhea continues to teach part-time but now primarily works in public policy.

Most recently, she served as the Associate Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kenyon College, where she specialized in fostering LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity across campus and beyond. Passionate about inclusive teaching, Rhea has extensive and varied teaching experiences. Previously, she taught queer studies courses for the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Kenyon College; courses on the politics of race, class, and gender at Manchester Community College and Eastern Connecticut State University; and LGBTQ+ studies, feminist studies, American politics, and quantitative methods courses at the University of Connecticut.

In addition to teaching, Rhea continues to actively write about issues affecting LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ politics more broadly; her book project is under contract with Columbia University Press.