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Jules Gill-Peterson

Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Jules Gill-Peterson is Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jules is the author of "Histories of the Transgender Child" (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), the first book to shatter the widespread myth that transgender children are a brand new generation in the 21st century. Uncovering a surprising archive dating from the 1920s through 1970s, Histories of the Transgender Child shows how the concept of gender relies on the medicalization of children's presumed racial plasticity, challenging the very terms of how we talk about today's medical model.

Jules is currently at work on a book project entitled "Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY," which reframes the trans 20th century not through institutional medicine, but the myriad do-it-yourself practices of trans people that forged parallel medical and social worlds of transition.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh