|Feminist Philosophy, Transgender Studies, Queer Theory, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Self|
|(Fall 2016): PHIL 3270: Philosophy, Gender, and Culture; PHIL 3330: Engaged Philosophy|
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-4:00
I am an engaged philosopher who integrates critical reflection with tangible and meaningful action in our lived world. Much of my work in transgender studies flows from my personal experience as a trans woman and through being actively involved in in trans community subcultures and grass-roots organizing in Los Angeles for the past fifteen years. My philosophical investigations, even at their most abstract, aim to capture realities that are experienced by flesh and blood people and that can have political and practical consequences (see, for example "Recommended Models and Policies for LAPD Interactions with Trans Individuals". Much of this policy was eventually adopted. Click here for more info). When traditional philosophy has failed me, I have even turned to performance art as a way to explore philosophical trans/gender issues in less conventional ways. My hope is that others can gain real benefit from my philosophical work – if only as a challenge to think more deeply about gender and sex, and perhaps even as a new way of thinking about things.
I work as a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles. I currently serve as Chair of the department. And I previously directed the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (2008-11). Some of the courses that I teach include Introduction to Transgender Studies, Introduction to Trans/Feminism, Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, Philosophy of Self, Early Modern Philosophy, The Philosophy of George Berkeley, and The Meaning of Life.
I am member of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy's editorial board, and a member of the founding editorial board of Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first-ever non-medical journal focusing on transgender issues. I have also served as a judge for the Lambda Literary Awards (2013).
I am currently writing a monograph entitled Reality Mare: Reflections on Transphobia, Trans Feminism, and the Structures of Personhood.
Books and Edited Collections
Articles, Chapters, and Entries
Reprinted in The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (eds. Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura, Routledge (2013).