Toby Beauchamp

 Toby Beauchamp

Contact Information

Assistant Professor

Biography

My research focuses the critical lens of transgender studies on questions of state power, science and technology, and transnational flows of knowledge, bodies, and capital. In particular, I am currently pursuing these interests through work on surveillance and security mechanisms and new research on the development and use of synthetic hormones. 

Prior to joining GWS at Illinois, I was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University, and before that, the Lionel Cantú Memorial Fellow in the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UC San Diego. When not at work, I most enjoy spending time outdoors; I am an avid long-distance hiker and am currently section-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Research Interests

  • transgender and queer theory
  • transnational feminist cultural studies
  • disability studies
  • science and technology studies

Research Description

My book, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices, will be published by Duke University Press at the end of 2018. This book reframes a common approach to transgender studies and advocacy—that of making transgender people more visible and of seeking recognition—to consider how visibility can troublingly assist surveillance programs in more effectively managing gender differences. Taking up transgender as a mode of analysis rather than as a bounded identity, Going Stealth shows how different mechanisms of surveillance, from ID documents to airport screenings and from bathroom bills to the spectacle of Chelsea Manning's trial, produce the forms of gender nonconformity they deem suspicious.

I am also pursuing new research on the transnational production and circulation of synthetic sex hormones, and narratives about those substances, in relation to gender nonconformity. Much of this work addresses hormones in contexts that are not explicitly marked as "transgender," in order to explore new avenues for trans studies analysis.

 

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Cultural Studies, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory
  • B.A., University of Florida, Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Women's Studies

Courses

  • GWS 100: Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
  • GWS 366: Feminist Disability Studies
  • GWS 470: Transgender Studies
  • GWS 498: Senior Seminar
  • GWS 590: Topics in GWS: Critical Disability Studies

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

The Substance of Borders: Transgender Politics, Mobility, and U.S. State Regulation of Testosterone GLQ 19 1 2013, p. 57-78.
Beauchamp, Toby, and Benjamin D'Harlingue Beyond Additions and Exceptions: The Category of Transgender and New Pedagogical Approaches for Women's Studies Feminist Formations 24 2 2012, p. 25-51.
Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11 Surveillance and Society 6 4 2009, p. 356-366.
The Limits of Virtual Memory: Nationalism, State Violence, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance InterAlia: A Journal of Queer Studies 2 2007.
Expectations: Trans Youth and Reproductive Politics in Public Space Media Fields 7 2013.

Book Contributions

Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11 The Transgender Studies Reader 2 edited by Susan Stryker Aren Aizura. Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11 Edited by Susan Stryker Aren Aizura, New York Routledge 2013, p. 46-55.
Transgender Matters Gender: Matter edited by Stacy Alaimo. Transgender Matters Edited by Stacy Alaimo, Macmillan Reference USA 2017, p. 65-77.
When Things Don't Add Up: Transgender Bodies and the Mobile Borders of Biometrics Trans Studies: Beyond Hetero/Homo Normativities edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel Sarah Tobias. When Things Don't Add Up: Transgender Bodies and the Mobile Borders of Biometrics Edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel Sarah Tobias, Rutgers University Press 2016, p. 103-112.
Moving Violations: Synthetic Hormones, Sexual Deviance, and Gendered Mobilities Mobile Desires: The Erotics and Politics of Mobility Justice edited by Liz Montegary Melissa Autumn White. Moving Violations: Synthetic Hormones, Sexual Deviance, and Gendered Mobilities Edited by Liz Montegary Melissa Autumn White, Palgrave Macmillan 2015, p. 16-27.

Essays

Surveillance Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1-2 2014, p. 208-209.
In Security GLQ 24.1 2018, p. 13-17.

Books

Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices Durham Duke University Press 2018.

In The News

  • Prof. Toby Beauchamp's essay ("When Things Don't Add Up: Transgender Bodies and the Mobile Borders of Biometrics") in Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/ Homo Normativities, has been awarded the 2017 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center of Lesbian and Gay Studies.