I'm a Professor at Rutgers University, where I teach in the departments of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. My scholarship, artwork, and curatorial practice reflect my interest in queer and trans history, science and technology, archives and collectives, and feminist activism. I'm the author of three books and edited volumes: The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2021);  "Trans*historicities" (with Zeb Tortorici), a special issue of the journal TSQ (Duke, 2018); and Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time (Columbia, 2009). My essays and reviews have appeared in Wired, Spot, Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), Osiris, ASAP/Journal, postmedieval, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and a number of books. I've lectured internationally and received grants and residential fellowships from the National Science Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, the Huntington Library, and the Stanford Humanities Center, among others. 

I've been interviewed or featured in The New York TimesArtforum, Huffington Post, People Magazine, Hyperallergic, LA Review of Books, Out, Art PapersFeature  Shoot, Redbook, Slate, JSTOR Daily, Capricious, LA Weekly, Gallerist, Buzzfeed, Forbes, Refinery29, and Modern Painters,  and I've participated in exhibitions and programs at universities and arts venues that include Baxter Street Camera Club (NY, NY), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), the Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX), The Front (New Orleans, LA), LatchKey Gallery (NY, NY), Leslie-Lohman Museum (NY, NY), MoMA PS1 Contemporary Arts Center (Queens, NY), NYU's Tracey-Barry Gallery (NY, NY), the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Paul Robeson Galleries (Newark, NJ), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY, NY), the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Saratoga Springs, NY), and Yale University School of Art (New Haven, CT).

Select Media

I'm interviewed for "Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Live in this Perfect Place?" about the history of womyn's lands (lesbian intentional communities).

People interviews me about my photo series "In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." 

M. Buna interviews me about my new book, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance.

You can listen to me talk about The Shape of Sex on this podcast hosted by Leo Valdes.

I'm excited to share the news that The Shape of Sex is now a Lambda Literary Award Finalist! 

Recent and UpcomingTalks

CUNY Grad Center 9/24

Columbia University 10/13

University of Rochester 10/20

Rhode Island School of Design 11/8

Brown University 11/10

University of Pennsylvania 11/15

Columbia University 11/18

Labyrinth Books, Princeton 12/2

International Center for Medieval Art 1/28

Bidar School, Tehran, 1/26

University of California, Santa Barbara 1/31

Oxford University 2/15

Cambridge University 2/18

University of Arkansas 2/28

CUNY John Jay College 3/24

University of Cincinnati 3/31

Stanford University 5/11

Princeton University 5/28

Humboldt-Universität, Berlin 6/7

Recent Activities

Thrilled to be included in this new show at Main Line Art Center in Philadelphia, curated by Leah Appleton. Reception 6/3.

I'm On Book Tour! Upcoming Fall 2021 Dates:

CUNY, CUNY Grad Center and John Jay College, 9/24

Columbia University, Visual Arts, in conversation with Rona Yefman, 10/13

University of Rochester, Dept. of History. Robbins Library, and Susan B. Anthony  Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, 10/20

Rhode Island School of Design, Dept. of Photography, in conversation with Laine Rettmer, 11/8

Brown University, Dept. of History and Program in Science, Technology, and Society, 11/10

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, 11/15

Columbia University, Visual Arts, in conversation with David Humphrey, 11/19

Labyrinth Books, Princeton, in conversation with Caroline Walker Bynum, 12/2

You can listen to me talk about my new book, The Shape of Sex, on this podcast, hosted by my wonderful interviewer, Rutgers' own Leo Valdes!

I'm thrilled to be interviewed about The Shape of Sex in the LA Review of Books! Click the image to view

I'm speaking at the Beyond Binary conference  with an amazing line-up that I'm honored to be included in. In Chicago and on Zoom, Oct 7-8th. 


International history of sexuality blog Notches interviews me about my new book, nonbinary gender, Adam and Eve, and the gender of Jesus, among other topics.

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