C. Jacob Hale giving a presentation on Los Angeles area transgender history, November 16, 2009, as part of the exhibit LAvender Los Angeles, at The Exchange, 114 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Photo by Teresa Wang
C. Jacob Hale is Director of the Center for Sex and Gender Research and Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Philosophy at California State University Northridge, where he is also a member of the Queer Studies Program’s Advisory Committee and Faculty Advisor to the Queer Studies Student Association.
Hale earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. Early in his career, Hale’s 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 focuses on Los Angeles trans history, 1950-1990.
Hale’s trans studies essays have appeared in journals such 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 published an extensive introduction to Richard F. Docter’s Becoming a Woman: A Biography of Christine Jorgensen. Some of these 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 Politik Queerer Räume (edited by Matthias Haase, Marc Siegel, and Michaela Wünsch).