Transgender History, Politics, and Medicine

Julian Gill-Peterson is Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2018-19, they are an ACLS Fellow.

Julian 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 twenty-first 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.

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

Read more about Julian's ongoing research.

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Julian is available to give talks, presentations, interviews, and participate in events related to transgender politics, history, policy, and medicine, whether inside academia or geared towards the public. Interested in inviting Julian to speak at your organization, do an interview on transgender children, or participate in an event? Get in touch!

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