C. Jacob Hale is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge, where he also directs the Center for Sex and Gender Research and is a member of the Queer Studies Program's Advisory Committee.
Hale earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1988 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Early in his career, his scholarship was in analytic metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science, but for the past dozen years he has worked in interdisciplinary transgender studies.His current research interests include Los Angeles area trans history, 1950-1990, and transgender self-constitution through text and photography.
Hale's trans studies essays have appeared in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Social Text, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and in the anthology Men Doing Feminism (edited by Tom Digby). He also recently publishedan extensive introduction to Richard F. Docter's Becoming a Woman: A Biography of Christine Jorgensen.
Some of Hale's trans studies essays have been reprinted in The Transgender Studies Reader (edited by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle), You've Changed: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (edited by Laurie Shrage), Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice (edited by Jami L. Anderson), Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader (edited by Robert J. Corber and Stephen Valocchi), Sexualities in History (edited by Kim M. Phillips and Barry Reay), and in German in Outside: Die Politick Queerer Raume (edited by Matthias Haase, Marc Siegel, and Michaela Wunsch).