Teaching

My teaching praxis is designed to wake students up to the power of knowing why “this world is not enough” (Muñoz, Cruising Utopia) 1) and ask them to think historically and politically about the utility of such a claim.
trans class photo(“Transgender Identities and Politics,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 2013)

For myself and students both, this means an intentional and continual process of moving my classroom into a space of productive discomfort with how reality is organized. I do this through a trans*feminist and intersectional anti-subordination praxis that works to center subjugated knowledges across comparative accounts of both history and culture. In all my classrooms, I strive to induce a phenomenological stance of openness to the transformative nature of historical, cultural, and textual encounter.

Courses Taught and Currently Scheduled:

Grand Valley State University
Gender and Sexuality in Comics (with E. Guin Thompson) (W 2019)
Race, Gender and Sexuality in Horror Cinema (F 2018, directed reading)
Gender and Popular Culture (W 2018, W 2019)
Trans* Studies (F 2017, directed reading)
Introduction to Gender Studies (F 2017, F 2018, W 2019)
Queer Theory and Film Genres (S 2017, directed reading)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Capstone (W 2017)
Latinx Queer/Trans* Theory and Cinema (W 2017, directed reading)
Trans* of Color Masculinities (F 2016, directed reading)
Queer/Trans* Disability and Cinema (F 2016, directed reading)
LGBTQ Identities (W 2015, W 2017)
Queer Theory (W 2015, W 2016, W 2017)
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (F 2014, F 2015, F 2016)
Diversity in the United States (F 2014, F 2015, F 2016, F 2017, F 2018, W 2019)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Bodies of Difference (S 2013)
Queer Geographies and Migrations (S 2013)
Transgender Identities and Politics (F 2013)
Introduction to LGBT Studies (F 2013)

The Evergreen State College
Queer Pleasure and Politics (S 2013)

San Francisco State University
Feminist Theories (S 2011)
Transgender Identities and Communities (S 2011, S 2012)
Queer Literatures and Media (F 2010, F 2011)
Gender, Politics, and Citizenship (F 2010, S 2011, F 2011, S 2012)

Sonoma State University
Gender, Race, and Class (F 2011, F 2012)

Sample podcast lecture on Transparent:

Sample podcast lecture on Finding Nemo:

Sample podcast lecture on The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Sample podcast lecture on Paris is Burning:

Sample podcast lecture on The Watermelon Woman:

Sample podcast lecture on The Living End: