As a gender studies scholar and medical anthropologist, I create learning environments that develop my students’ abilities to critically engage with complex empirical phenomena such as gender, race, and science. Students leave my courses able to recognize the nuance and the significance of such concepts, and with deeper insight into their own learning processes. To this end, I ask students to inhabit multiple roles over the term (reader, facilitator, editor, discussant), as well as integrate opportunities for students to articulate their own goals and engage with primary source materials. In these ways, students at all levels actively engage with course content, increasing their topic knowledge and developing skills which are widely applicable in and outside of the classroom.

Instructor of Record

Treating Trans-: Practice of Medicine, Practice of Theory

Medical disciplines from psychiatry to surgery have all attempted to identify and to treat gendered misalignment, while queer theory and feminisms have simultaneously been invested in understanding if and how trans- theories should be integrated into their respective intellectual projects. This course looks at the logics of the medical treatment of trans- in order to consider the mutual entanglement of clinical processes with theoretical ones. Over the quarter we will read ethnographic accounts, listen to oral histories, discuss the intersections of race and ability with gender, and investigate perspectives on the material body and objective science. Primary course questions include:

  1. How is “trans-” conceptualized, experienced, and lived? How has trans-studies distinguished itself from feminisms and queer theories?

  2. What are the objects, processes, and problematics trans- medicine identifies and treats? How is “trans-” understood and operationalized through medical practices?

  3. What meanings of health, power, knowledge, gender, and the body are utilized or defined by our authors? What relations can we draw between them?

Full Syllabus Here

Teaching Assistant

  • Culture, Mental Health, and Psychiatry (Teaching Assistant)

  • Greece and Rome Humanities Core (Writing Seminar Intern)

  • Human Development Research Designs (Teaching Assistant)

  • Introduction to Comparative Human Development (Teaching Assistant)