Featured Speakers

Joseph Boone

Joseph Boone is professor of English, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Boone researches the novel as genre, gender and queer studies, narrative theory, and modernism. He is the author of four books, and his articles have appeared in publications such as PMLA, Novel, Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies and South Atlantic Quarterly. He served as Chair of the Department from 2001-2005.


Tim Dean

Tim Dean is professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He was the Director of the UB Humanities Institute between 2008-2011. Professor Dean received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the Johns Hopkins University (1994), and has published widely in the areas of psychoanalysis, homosexuality, and queer theory. His recent book, Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (University of Chicago Press, 2009), was listed in "The Top 10 Books of 2009” by Amazon.com.


Kale Fajardo

Kale B. Fajardo is a faculty member in the Department of American Studies and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Professor Fajardo completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2004 and joined the Department of American Studies in the fall of 2005. Professor Fajardo's research interests include: globalization/shipping/transportation/migration; the Filipin@ Diaspora; gender/sexuality/masculininties/transgenderism; port cities (e.g. Manila, Oakland); oceanic space, place, and movement; and queer of color cultural productions and activism. In 1997-1998, Professor Fajardo was a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines, completed ethnographic fieldwork in Manila at this time, and also completed fieldwork in Oakland, CA the following year (1998-1999). This research culminated in Professor Fajardo's dissertation, "Filipino Cross Currents: Seafaring, Masculinities and Globalization." Professor Fajardo's book Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities and Globalization was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011.

Roderick Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson is associate professor of race and critical theory and chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In the year 2000, he received the Modern Language Association's Crompton-Noll Award for "best essay in lesbian, gay, and queer studies in the modern languages" for his article "The Parvenu Baldwin and the Other Side of Redemption." From 2007 to 2010, he was associate editor of American Quarterly: The Journal of the American Studies Association. He is the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2003) and is completing a manuscript entitled The Reorder of Things: On the Institutionalization of Difference.

Brian Glavey

Brian Glavey is assistant professor of Literature in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2007. His areas of specialization include twentieth-century American literature, modernism and the avant-garde, gender studies, and queer theory. His recent publications include "Frank O'Hara Nude with Boots: Queer Ekphrasis and the Statuesque Poet," American Literature 79.4 (2007), and  "Dazzling Estrangement: Modernism, Queer Ekphrasis and the Spatial Form of Nightwood," PMLA 124.3 (2009). He is currently completing a book on sexuality and aesthetics entitled the The Sissy Arts and beginning a new project on the poetics of oversharing.


Scott Herring

Scott Herring is associate professor in English and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies and the American Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2004. Professor Herring specializes in modern American literature and queer American Studies. He spends the majority of his time on sexual and social modernity; much of his current efforts also hover around urbanism, urbanity, and concepts of social disorder. His first book, Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History (University of Chicago Press, 2007), tracked how modern artists and writers tweaked the standard formulas of "city mysteries" or "slumming" literatures to undermine the genre’s promise of subcultural revelation. His second book, Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (New York University Press, 2010), tackles a complementary metropolitan narrative—the rural-to-urban flight to the city. It charts how U.S.-based artists use what he terms "rural stylistics" to fashion critiques against lesbian and gay metro norms. The arguments presented in these two books have appeared in a number of articles on queer regionality, metronormativity and visual culture, Willa Cather, Frank O’Hara, and intra-national modernism. He is currently building on arguments in both books to craft a queer theory of material culture entitled "Hoarding: Material Deviance and the Disorder of Things."

Eithne Luibhéid

Eithne Luibhéid is associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2002); co-editor of a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum on “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.” (2004); co-editor of Queer Migration: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); editor of a special issue of GLQ on “Queer/Migration” (2008); and the author of various articles and book chapters that explore intersections among sexual regulation, racial formation, and state migration controls in transnational contexts. Her current research explores how governments are expanding the designation of immigrants as “illegal” based on their sexualities, pregnancies, and families. In collaboration with Sally Stevens and Rosi Andrade from the Southwest Institute for Research on Women and Spike Peterson from the School of Government and Public Policy, she is researching the barriers faced by immigrant mothers in Tucson who seek public benefits for their citizen children (as part of a project on “Immigrant Mothers With Citizen Children: Rethinking Welfare Policies in a Transnational Era”). Between 2007 and 2011, Luibhéid served as the Director of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. Effective summer 2011, she began serving as the Books in Brief Editor for GLQ. Professor Luibhéid is assisting Professor Karma Chávez in building an online network of queer migration scholars and researchers at www.queermigration.com.

Victor Mendoza

Victor Mendoza is assistant professor of Women's Studies and English Literature at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research interests include US minority literature and culture, Asian American literature and culture, Philippine American literature and culture, African American literature and culture, queer of color critique, queer studies, transnational feminist and gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, cultures of U.S, imperialism, interdisciplinary approaches to literature, performance studies, and visual culture. He is currently working on a book titled Fantasy Islands: Illicit Desires, Race, and the Philippines in United States Imperialism. Professor Mendoza’s other publications include, "Little Brown Students and the Homoerotics of 'White Love,'" Genre 39.4 (2006); "'Come Buy': The Crossing of Sexual and Consumer Desire in Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market," ELH 73.4 (2006); and "A Queer Nomadology of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters," American Literature 77.4 (2005).

Deborah Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda is associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University where she teaches Creative Writing (poetry and memoir), composition, and literature. She is the author of two poetry collections, Indian Cartography (Greenfield Review Press, 1999) which won the Diane Decorah Award for First Book from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas, and The Zen of La Llorona, nominated for the Lambda Literary Award (Salt Publishing, 2004). Professor Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, and is of Chumash and Jewish ancestry as well. Her mixed-genre manuscript, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, will be published by HeyDay Press in 2011. A collection of essays, titled The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and other California Indian Lacunae is under review, as is Miranda’s poetry manuscript, Raised By Humans. Recent articles include “Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide in Spanish California,” GLQ 16.1-2 (2010), and “’Saying the Padre Had Grabbed Her’: Rape is the Weapon, Story is the Cure,” in "Gender, Culture, and Literature in Indigenous North America," special issue, Inter/texts (2010).

José Esteban Muñoz

José Esteban Muñoz is currently a professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He received his doctorate from the Graduate Program in Literature at Duke University. His research has focused on avant garde performance and visual culture, critical race theory and queer critique. His research interests include performance studies, visual culture, queer theory, cultural studies, and critical theory. His book Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999) examines queer and racial minority issues from a performance studies perspective. His second book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, was published by NYU Press in 2009. He has also co-edited Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) with Jennifer Doyle and Jonathan Flatley, and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) with Celeste Fraser Delgado. He is currently finishing a book titled The Sense of Brown, which stages an investigation into brownness as both ontology and mode of inquiry.

Hoang Tan Nguyen

Hoang Tan Nguyen is assistant professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. He teaches and writes about queer cinema, experimental film, Asian American visual culture, video production, race and and new media. His essays have appeared in Porn Studies (2004), Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular (2006), GLQ (2007), TransAsian Screen Cultures (forthcoming) and Resolutions 3: Video Praxis in Global Spaces (forthcoming). His experimental videos have screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Center, the Getty Center, and numerous film and media festivals. In fall 2005, he was a residential fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute in the cluster, "The Object of Media Studies." His current book project, A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation, focuses on a range of texts including Hollywood cinema, European art film, gay pornography, and experimental documentary.

Juana María Rodríguez

Juana María Rodríguez is associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, she was a faculty member at Bryn Mawr College and UC Davis, where she served as Director of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript about imagining queer interventions into everyday life.

Nayan Shah

Nayan Shah is associate professor of History at the University of California San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1995. His research explores the history of Asian migrations in North America, formations of race, sexuality and gender in law, medicine, social provision and social justice movements, and the politics of culture and social movements in the 19th and 20th century. Professor Shah is the author of Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West (University of California Press, 2011) which reveals the intersections between political economy, the state's regulation of sexuality and domesticity, racialization and dynamics of citizenship and estrangement that shaped the interracial relationships that South Asian migrants forged in the first half of the twentieth century. His book Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown (University of California Press, 2001) explores the cultural politics of public health, domesticity, and race formation through the history of multi-generational Chinese settlement in San Francisco. His work on race, sexuality, social and cultural history has appeared in American Quarterly, Social Text, Clio and numerous edited collections. He currently serves as editor of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker's historical research and theoretical interventions have helped frame the field of transgender studies for the past 20 years. She is associate professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, and has held visiting positions at Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California-Santa Cruz, Simon Fraser University, and Macquarie University, as well as a tenured professorship in Gender Studies at Indiana University. She served as executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco for many years, and also co-directed the Award-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, about a previously little-known act of transgender militancy in 1966. She co-edited The Transgender Studies Reader, a second volume of which will be published later this year. Current projects include a feature-length film about 1950s transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen, research into 19th-century cross-dressing theatricals at San Francisco's elite Bohemian Club, and launching a new the peer-reviewed journal, Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Shane Vogel

Shane Vogel is associate professor of English at Indiana University and affiliate faculty in the Gender Studies, American Studies, and Cultural Studies programs. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. He is the author of The Scene of Harlem Cabaret: Race, Sexuality, Performance (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research. He has published articles in Theatre Journal, Women & Performance, Criticism, Camera Obscura, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and South Central Review. His essay, "Lena Horne's Impersona," received the 2009 Outstanding Essay Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and Honorable Mention for the 2009 Gerald Kahan Scholar's Prize. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing new original theatre. At Indiana University, Shane teaches performance studies, queer studies, and critical race studies.