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.
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.
- transgender and queer theory
- transnational feminist cultural studies
- disability studies
- science and technology studies
- 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
- 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