Toby Beauchamp

 Toby Beauchamp

Contact Information

Associate Professor

Biography

Toby Beauchamp is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and affiliate faculty in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His first book, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices (Duke University Press, 2019) shows how the scrutinizing of gender nonconformity is motivated less by explicit transgender identities than by the perceived threat that gender nonconformity poses to the U.S. racial and security state. Using examples such as ID documents, airport screenings, and bathroom bills, the book also considers how increased visibility of trans people, while sometimes beneficial, can help surveillance programs more effectively track and control gender-nonconforming subjects.

Prof. Beauchamp's new research brings trans studies into conversation with the environmental humanities to consider topics such as the transnational production and circulation of synthetic hormones, U.S. border patrol and ecological destruction, and the creation and maintenance of long-distance hiking trails. His writing has appeared in journals including GLQ, Feminist Formations, and Surveillance & Society, as well as several edited book collections. 

Prof. Beauchamp was named a Helen Corley Petit Scholar for 2019-2020, an award supporting scholarship and teaching for early-career faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Also in academic year 2019-2020, he is a Resident Associate at the Center for Advanced Study at Illinois; with his colleague A. Naomi Paik in Asian American Studies, he is directing the CAS annual initiative on the theme of Abolition.

Prior to joining GWS at Illinois, Prof. Beauchamp 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, he most enjoys spending time outdoors, and is an avid long-distance hiker.

Research Interests

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

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

Distinctions / Awards

  • Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2020-2025
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2019-2020
  • Resident Associate, Center for Advanced Study, 2019-2020
  • Outstanding GWS Professor, 2017-2018
  • Lionel Cantú Memorial Fellow, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, UC San Diego, 2010-2012
  • Sylvia Rivera Award for best publication in transgender studies, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies at CUNY, 2009

Courses

  • GWS 100: Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
  • GWS 255: Queer Lives, Queer Politics
  • GWS 366: Feminist Disability Studies
  • GWS 470: Transgender Studies
  • GWS 498: Senior Seminar
  • GWS 590: Topics in GWS: Critical Disability Studies

Selected Publications

Books

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Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices Durham Duke University Press 2019.

Journal Articles

Beyond the 'Pine Pig': Reimagining Protection through the U.S. National Park Ranger Radical History Review 137 2020, p. forthcoming.
Clutching On: Teaching Identity and Terminology in Transgender Studies Feminist Formations 30 3 2018, p. 25-33.
The Substance of Borders: Transgender Politics, Mobility, and U.S. State Regulation of Testosterone GLQ 19 1 2013, p. 57-78.
Expectations: Trans Youth and Reproductive Politics in Public Space Media Fields 7 2013.
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.

Book Contributions

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, edited by Sarah Tobias. When Things Don't Add Up: Transgender Bodies and the Mobile Borders of Biometrics Edited by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Edited by 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, edited by Melissa Autumn White. Moving Violations: Synthetic Hormones, Sexual Deviance, and Gendered Mobilities Edited by Liz Montegary, Edited by Melissa Autumn White, Palgrave Macmillan 2015, p. 16-27.
Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11 The Transgender Studies Reader 2 edited by Susan Stryker, edited by Aren Aizura. Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11 Edited by Susan Stryker, Edited by Aren Aizura, New York Routledge 2013, p. 46-55.

Essays

Residue and Restoration: Hiking through Militarized Landscapes Environment & Planning D: Society & Space (online Forum) forthcoming 2019.
In Security GLQ 24.1 2018, p. 13-17.
Surveillance Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1-2 2014, p. 208-209.

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.