I’m B, a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. I prefer gender neutral pronouns (they, them, their). My dissertation, entitled “The Epistemology of Transgender Political Resistance: Embodied Experience and the Practices of Everyday Life,” explores how the classificatory schemes of everyday life, including those of social and legal institutions, have distorted the political practices and identities of trans people. My work contributes to the literature on epistemic justice and transgender rights by allowing transgender political actors to speak to their own gendered/sexed identities and lived experiences as political agents.
I was previously the Assistant Editor of The Politics of Sexuality (Greenwood, 2010), having contributed a number of articles to that volume regarding LGBT issues. I also served as the Associate Editor of Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues (Praeger, 2013). I’ve published in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide (Greenwood, 2010) and also co-authored two book chapters about American politics in Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government (Praeger, 2010).
My recent work is in the inaugural issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke 2014). I also have a co-authored paper with Professor Paisley Currah in production concerning the invisible politics of transgender communities, as well as the epistemic injustices these communities face through everyday discriminatory practices–as well as social and political institutions who reproduce misconceptions of their identities. My paper on epistemic injustice and the construction of transgender legal subjects will be published in June of 2016 in Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies.