Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, as well as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, launched by Duke University Press in May 2014. She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013), which won the Ruth Benedict Book Prize. She won a Lambda Literary Award for the first Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS 2005). She currently teaches and conducts research in transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, embodiment and technology, and critical theory.
The Transgender Turn:
What's Up With the Recent Wave of Attention to Transgender Issues, and Why Should We Care?
Gender is a human sociocultural system like language or kinship -- it changes over time and place, and plays a crucial role in shaping us into the specific kinds of beings that we are. Understanding how gender works is a vital enterprise. Being gendered is part of what it means to be human, and being transgender can be a way of exploring what it means to be human, or even posthuman, in very concrete ways. Attention to transgender issues is exploding everywhere we look these days, and the interdisciplinary field of Transgender Studies offers a great way to understand this evolving edge of life on planet Earth.