Introduction to Transgender Studies

Ardel Haefele-Thomas. With the participation of Thatcher Combs. Foreword by Susan Stryker

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Introduction to Transgender Studies

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Pub Date: February 2019

ISBN: 9781939594273

450 Pages

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Introduction to Transgender Studies

Ardel Haefele-Thomas. With the participation of Thatcher Combs. Foreword by Susan Stryker

Harrington Park Press, LLC

This is the first introductory text/reader for trans, transgender, or trans* studies at all levels, from first year to graduate coursework.

Using entertaining as well as informative features, this combination text/reader will appeal to a range of students who may know very little about the field. It can be used in programs and courses ranging from major courses to electives in LGBT/queer studies, feminist/gender studies, and other allied disciplines.

The book’s step-by-step teaching tools include:

-Key questions for students
-Personal brief vignettes (told in first person)
-Writings from the community (full-length commissioned essays by community members, mostly trans people but also LGB people and allies)
-Key concepts
-Film, television, and media of interest (titles and brief descriptions)
-Activities, discussion questions, and observations

Throughout, Ardel Haefele-Thomas embraces the richness of intersecting identities: how race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, nation, religion, and ability have cross-influenced to shape the transgender experience and culture across and beyond the binary.

If you are an instructor using or considering this text for a course, please contact coursematerials@columbiauniversitypress.com for a complimentary instructor's manual.
I can’t imagine a better textbook introducing students to transgender studies. Ardel Haefele-Thomas lucidly explains the complexities of gender nonconformity using clear analysis, together with rich and nuanced historical examples. These are elucidated further with the delightful details they deserve. Paisley Currah, coeditor of Transgender Studies Quarterly
This is a groundbreaking textbook and significant development in transgender studies. Students will relate to all aspects of each chapter, including the personal stories, rich histories, interactive questions, inspiring trans figures, and much more. This is a must read and a truly intersectional accomplishment. Breana Bahar Hansen, City College of San Francisco and University of San Francisco
The cultural historian, queer theorist, and trans activist Ardel Haefele-Thomas has written an indispensable textbook on gender and sexuality for schools and universities. I have field-tested it with students across ethnicities and nationalities. They are invariably drawn to the well-researched multicultural histories, precise definitions of LGBTQ+, and the very personal stories of members of the community that the author has assembled. This volume will further transgender tolerance and challenge the binary as much as any single work can do. Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter

About the Author

Ardel Haefele-Thomas is chair of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies at City College of San Francisco. Haefele-Thomas’s academic work focuses on the intersections of gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, race, and class based in part on frameworks and structures of postcolonial and queer theory. They are coauthor of the forthcoming book Transgender: A Reference Text, with Aaron Devor.