Teaching

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My teaching praxis is centered in critical transfeminist and intersectional analyses of identity discourses, their representation, and their historical and political institutionalization. I design courses through an intentional social justice lens that aims to center queer/trans* and of color contestations with the construction of dominant narratives and realities. I am especially informed by José Esteban Muñoz’s powerful defense of concrete utopianism in Cruising Utopia, in which he draws from black and Latina feminisms to present trenchant queer of color challenges to the fatalism of the neoliberal era. My courses are designed to wake students up to the power of knowing why “this world is not enough” (Muñoz 1) and ask them to think historically and politically about the utility of such a claim.

My interdisciplinary pedagogy and course design are arranged around the same question that animates my research: What conditions might make or have made it possible for queer and trans* people to find modes for becoming, to create—as Kushner names it in Angels in America—“more life?” 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 transfeminist 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 Popular Culture (W 2018)
Digital Identities and Communities (W 2018)
Trans* Studies (F 2017, independent study)
Introduction to Gender Studies (F 2017)
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, independent study)
Trans* of Color Masculinities (F 2016, independent study)
Queer/Trans* Disability and Cinema (F 2016, independent study)
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)

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)

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