Julian Gill-Peterson researches and teaches in transgender studies, queer studies, critical race theory, childhood studies, and the medical humanities. His book, Genealogies of the Transgender Child: Sex, Race, and Plasticity (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press), examines the previously unknown history of transgender children through the medicalization of their racial plasticity. His next book project, Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY, further rewrites the trans twentieth century by framing it not through institutional medicine, but the myriad do-it-yourself practices and knowledge of trans people during the same era when transgender medicine was only emerging, the 1940s-1970s. As a theory and a method, “trans DIY studies” affirms practices of survival, archiving, and creative making from the least visible and enfranchised positions, particularly those of trans of color and economically vulnerable people.
Gill-Peterson has published numerous articles and essays on race, transgender medicine, and queer childhood, including in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is also co-editor of “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ.
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