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Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, after working for many years as an independent scholar and filmmaker specializing in transgender history, theory, cultural production, and political activism. She earned her Ph.D. in United States History at University of California-Berkeley in 1992, and later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral research fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University. She has held visiting faculty positions at Harvard University, University of California-Santa Cruz, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Between 1999-2003 she served as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

Research interests include embodiment and technology, built environments, film, and critical theory--as they relate to gender and sexuality.

Current projects include a book, Sex Change City: Theorizing Urban Trans/Formation in San Francisco, and an experimental film about the cinematics of 1950s celebrity Christine Jorgensen's transexual embodiment, Christine in the Cutting Room.

Stryker’s publications include Transgender History (2008), the Lambda Literary Award finalists Gay By the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (1996; co-authored with Jim Van Buskirk) and Queer Pulp: Perverse Passion in the Golden Age of the Paperback (2001), as well as the Lammie-winning anthology (co-edited with Stephen Whittle) The Transgender Studies Reader (2006). With colleague Victor Silverman she co-directed, -wrote, and -produced the Emmy-winning public television documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2005). She edited the 1998 transgender studies special issue of GLQ: The Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and also co-edited (with Paisley Currah and Lisa-Jean Moore) the 2008 transgender studies issue of Women's Studies Quarterly. She has published scholarly articles in Radical History Review, Parallax, GLQ, and other journals.




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