Faculty Profiles

Gary Gates

Gary J. Gates

Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar & Research Director (Retired)
Visiting Distinguished Scholar
The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
B.S. University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
M.Div. St. Vincent College
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

Gary J. Gates studies the demographic characteristics of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. His doctoral dissertation included the first significant research study using U.S. Census data to explore characteristics of same-sex couples and he is a co-author of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas. He has published on the demographic, geographic, and economic characteristics of the LGBT population in peer-review journals including Demography, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Urban Health, and Journal of Urban Economics along with law reviews including Loyola Los Angeles Law Review, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, and Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. National and international media outlets regularly feature his work. 

Prior to completing his Ph.D. from the Heinz College, School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Gates facilitated the development of and co-authored a statewide HIV prevention plan for Pennsylvania. He also served as the Director of the AIDS Intervention Project, a community-based AIDS service organization in the Altoona-Johnstown area of Pennsylvania. Gates’ background includes a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vincent Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.