During the past few years, a nascent body of theoretical, conceptual, and empirical research in the field of higher education has emerged regarding transgender students, faculty, and staff. An exciting trend among some of this work is the use of critical and poststructural paradigms, data collection methods, and analytical tools through which to make sense of and articulate findings. In this special issue, authors push the boundaries of what is understood to be the queer theoretical canon. Additionally, they explore the experience of transgender people in higher education environments from methodological, theoretical, and empirical perspectives, foregrounding the recent scholarship, from some of the leading scholars in the field of higher education doing transgender-related research. This book was originally published as a special issue of International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Z Nicolazzo is an assistant professor in the Adult and Higher Education program, and a faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, both at Northern Illinois University, USA. Dr. Nicolazzo's research focuses on mapping gender across college contexts, with a particular emphasis on affirmative and resilience-based research alongside trans* students. Dr. Nicolazzo's first book, Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, details an 18-month critical collaborative ethnography with trans* collegians.
Introduction: what's transgressive about trans* studies in education now?
1. Changing the frame: queering access to higher education for trans* students
Susan B. Marine
2. Resisting coherence: trans men's experiences and the use of grounded theory methods
D. Chase J. Catalano
3. Trans*forming college masculinities: carving out trans*masculine pathways through the threshold of dominance
T. J. Jourian
4. A thousand words are worth a picture: a snapshot of trans* postsecondary educators in higher
Symone L. Simmons
5. Trans*versing the DMZ: a non-binary autoethnographic exploration of gender and masculinity
6. An exploration of trans* kinship as a strategy for student success
Z Nicolazzo, Erich N. Pitcher, Kristen A. Renn and Michael Woodford
7. Trans* movement/trans* moment: an afterword
Kai M. Green