Research

cropped-DSC_01261.jpgMy scholarship is at the intersections of queer, feminist, and rhetorical studies. Most of my work focuses on archives (in both theoretical and material senses) and the ways that they facilitate the collection, organization, access, and use of queer pasts. I am particularly interested in transgender archiving––both separate from and in conjunction with LGB archiving––to better understand how transgender people and communities, and practices of trans-ing gender, are documented. My recent work has focused on digital archives and the new questions and considerations they prompt for for queer and rhetorical historiography.

DTAA central part of my work is the project that I founded and direct, the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA). The purpose of the DTA is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world. Based in Worcester, Massachusetts at the College of the Holy Cross, the DTA is an international collaboration among more than twenty colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and private collections. By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history. In support of this work, I was awarded an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship for the 2015–2016 academic year and a ACLS Digital Extension Grant for the 2017–2018 academic year. The DTA is also the recipient of the 2017 C.F.W. Coker Award for Archive Description, presented by the Society of American Archivists.

My full CV is included below. If you are interested in any of my publications, you can find PDFs/links for my work on Academia.edu.