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