Introduction to Transgender Studies - Ardel Haefele-Thomas

Introduction to Transgender Studies

By Ardel Haefele-Thomas

  • Release Date: 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Social Science


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 for a complimentary instructor's manual.