Trans Studies

The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities

by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Sarah Tobias, Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Sarah Tobias, Genny Beemyn, Susan R. Rankin, Pauline Park, Lucas Crawford, Valens Keja, Jian Chen, Toby Beauchamp, Nora Butler Burke, Aren Z. Aizura, Mickael Chacha Enriquez, Alexandra Rodriguez de Ruiz, Marcia Ochoa, Jody L. Herman, Sel J. Hwahng,

Winner of the 2017 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

From Caitlyn Jenner to Laverne Cox, transgender people have rapidly gained public visibility, contesting many basic assumptions about what gender and embodiment mean. The vibrant discipline of Trans Studies explores such challenges in depth, building on the insights of queer and feminist theory to raise provocative questions about the relationships among gender, sexuality, and accepted social norms.   
Trans Studies is an interdisciplinary essay collection, bringing together leading experts in this burgeoning field and offering insights about how transgender activism and scholarship might transform scholarship and public policy. Taking an intersectional approach, this theoretically sophisticated book deeply grounded in real-world concerns bridges the gaps between activism and academia by offering examples of cutting-edge activism, research, and pedagogy.
  • Rutgers University Press; March 2016
  • ISBN 9780813576435
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  • Title: Trans Studies
  • Author: Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (ed.); Sarah Tobias (ed.); Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel (contrib.); Sarah Tobias (contrib.); Genny Beemyn (contrib.); Susan R. Rankin (contrib.); Pauline Park (contrib.); Lucas Crawford (contrib.); Valens Keja (contrib.); Jian Chen (contrib.); Toby Beauchamp (contrib.); Nora Butler Burke (contrib.); Aren Z. Aizura (contrib.); Mickael Chacha Enriquez (contrib.); Alexandra Rodriguez de Ruiz (contrib.); Marcia Ochoa (contrib.); Jody L. Herman (contrib.); Sel J. Hwahng (contrib.); A. Finn Enke (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Rutgers University Press

In The Press

"This welcome new anthology brings into sharp focus one of the most productive contributions the field of trans studies has made to scholarship on sexuality and gender: revealing the extent to which dominant, naturalized constructions of the relationship between sexed embodiment and gendered subjectivity traverse not only the heteronormative world, but also much of feminism, queer theory, and other fields that study the creation of social hierarchy from bodily difference. Addressing such diverse topics as educational activism, policy reform, surveillance technologies, cinema, theater, narrative arts, migration, and social movements, Trans Studies ably demonstrates that the field it surveys has indeed arrived as an important new lens for understanding, interpreting and appreciating a wide range of human diversities."
— Susan Stryker, coeditor of The Transgender Studies Reader v. 1 & 2 and Co-founder of Transgender Studies Quarterly

"A valuable contribution to the field … Trans Studies is an informative and stimulating read."
— Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Winner of the 2017 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)
— Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

"A vital addition to the field of trans studies. Martínez-San Miguel and Tobias have curated a collection of rich new scholarship located in the spaces between trans, feminist, and queer studies."
— Paisley Currah, coeditor of Transgender Rights and co-founder of Transgender Studies Quarterly

"Trans Studies brings together some of the most challenging and compelling recent work in the field of transgender studies. The collection includes voices from inside and outside the academy, and it makes activists' contributions central. The fact of this diversity makes the project extremely vibrant: it will have a broad appeal across disciplines and for activists and community members as well."

— Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania

About The Author

YOLANDA MARTÍNEZ-SAN MIGUEL is a professor of Latino studies and comparative literature at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is the author of several books including From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Colonial Latin American Literature and Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context
SARAH TOBIAS is the associate director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, where she serves as affiliate faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications, including the book Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Families