Julian Gill-Peterson

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Julian Gill-Peterson researches and teaches in transgender studies, queer studies, critical race theory, childhood studies, and the medical humanities. His book, Genealogies of the Transgender Child: Sex, Race, and Organic Form (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press), examines the twentieth century history of transgender children and the medicalization of their racial plasticity. He is currently at work on a new book project, tentatively titled “Alternative Modernities of Transsexuality: Medical Science and Trans of Color Studies,” which offers an alternate history of trans of color knowledge that undermines the capture of trans life by official medical discourse. Focusing on laypersons who became medical practitioners, especially those who practiced unsanctioned, alternate, or irrational forms of medicine that survived at the margins of or lacked scientificity, this project challenges the field of trans studies to rethink its reliance on the “modernity” of transsexuality, prioritizing genealogies of transition, healing, and embodiment from African American, Latinx, and indigenous perspectives.

Gill-Peterson has also published numerous articles and essays on race, transgender medicine, and queer childhood, including in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is also co-editor of “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ.