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Paisley Currah is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was born in Ontario, Canada, received a B.A. (Hons, First Class) from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario and an M.A and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He lives in Brooklyn.

Paisley Currah

Ontario, Canada
NationalityUnited States
OccupationProfessor, writer, editor
Board member ofTransgender Studies Quarterly
Academic background
Academic work
InstitutionsBrooklyn College



Currah is the coeditor, with Susan Stryker, of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first non-medical academic journal devoted to transgender issues, which began publication in 2014.[1][2] When the journal first launched, Currah told Inside Higher Education: "Starting the journal was exciting but kind of daunting. For a long time, there have been a lot of articles and book-length treatments of transgender topics. One of the ideas behind TSQ was to draw readers' attention to how much work there is being done in the field."[3]

With Monica J. Casper, Currah co-edited Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge, (Palgrave, 2011). He also co-edited, with Shannon Minter and Richard Juang, Transgender Rights, (Minnesota University Press, 2006) which won the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies[4] and was a finalist for the 2007 Lambda Literary Awards in the Transgender category.[5] In 2002, Currah received Wayne F. Placek Award from the American Psychological Foundation.

In 2015, he talked to Time magazine about transgender naming practices and his decision to keep his birth-assigned first name. He stated: "As I grew up, it was still so rare it wasn't associated with one gender or another," he said. "Long story short, I was lucky enough to be able to keep my name."[6]

Currah's book, States of Sex: The Politics of Sex Classification, is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2018.

Public policy and transgender rights advocacyEdit

As a founding board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, Currah has advocated for transgender rights at all levels of government.[7] He also serves on the board of directors Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE).[8] He served on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program. From January 2005-December 2006, he sat on the External Advisory Committee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the Amendment of Birth Certificates for Transgender Persons. From November 2004 to December 2005, he served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee Transgender Subcommittee, New York City Human Resources Administration and in that capacity was a co-author of "Recommended Best Practices for Working With and Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Employees and Clients." He was a co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, and helped draft the legislation to amend the New York City Human Rights Law to include discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.[9]

Academic affiliationsEdit

Currah is professor of political science and women's & gender studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He served as the chair of the Department of Political Science from 2011-2014. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2003-2007.[10] Currah sits on the editorial boards of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies,[11] Women's Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy.[12] His service on advisory boards includes: LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Hunter College; Sexuality and the Law, Social Science Research Network; International Resource Network, a project hosted at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and funded by the Ford Foundation; the University Consortium on Sexuality Research and Training.

Selected worksEdit

  • Currah, Paisley (2017). "Transgender Rights Without a Theory of Gender?". Tulsa Law Review. 52: 441–451.
  • Moore, Lisa Jean; Currah, Paisley (2015). "Birth/Sex/Time/Bodies: Negotiating Gender Permanence in the New York City Birth Certificate Policy". In Dubrofsky, Rachel; Magnet, Shoshana. Feminist Surveillance Studies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. pp. 58–77.
  • Currah, Paisley; Moore, Lisa Jean (2013). "'We Won't Know Who You Are': Contesting Sex Designations on New York City Birth Certificates". In Stryker, Susan; Aizura, Aren. The Transgender Studies Reader. 2. New York: Routledge.
  • Currah, Paisley; Stryker, Susan (2015). "Introduction". TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 2 (1): 1–12. doi:10.1215/23289252-2848859.
  • Stryker, Susan; Currah, Paisley (2014). "Introduction". TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 1 (1–2): 1–18. doi:10.1215/23289252-2398540.
  • Currah, Paisley (2013). "Homonationalism, State Rationalities, and Sex Contradictions". Theory & Event. 16 (1).
  • Currah, Paisley (2013). "Gender Pluralisms Under the Transgender Umbrella". In Goldberd, Suzanne. Essays on Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. London: Ashgate Press. Originally published in Currah, Paisley; Juang, Richard M.; Minter, Shannon Price, eds. (2006). Transgender Rights. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. pp. 3–31.
  • Currah, Paisley; Mulqueen, Tara (2011). "Securitizing Gender: Identity, Biometrics, and Gender Non-conforming Bodies at the Airport". Social Research. 78 (2): 557–582. JSTOR 23347190.
  • Currah, Paisley (2009). "The Transgender Rights Imaginary". In Albertson Fineman, Martha; Jackson, Jack E.; Romero, Adam P. Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations. Ashgate Press.
  • Currah, Paisley; Juang, Richard M; Price Minter, Shannon, eds. (2006). Transgender Rights. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


  1. ^ Kellaway, Mitch (May 27, 2014). "Duke Univ. Press Debuts Academic Journal for Transgender Studies". The Advocate.
  2. ^ Morgan, Glennisha (May 16, 2013). "Duke University Press' Transgender Studies Quarterly To Publish In 2014". Huffington Post.
  3. ^ Joselow, Maxine (June 22, 2016). "A Push for Transgender Studies". Inside Higher Education.
  4. ^ "CLAGS Fellowship & Award Winners". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  5. ^ Antonio Gonzalez (2006-04-30). "Lambda Literary Awards 2006". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  6. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (June 1, 2015). "How Transgender People Choose Their New Names". Time.
  7. ^ "100 Amazing Trans Americans You Should Know". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  8. ^ "GATE - Global Advocates for Trans Equality". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  9. ^ "New York City Commission on Human Rights". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  10. ^ "CLAGSnews Archive". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  11. ^ "GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  12. ^ "Sexuality Research and Social Policy". Retrieved 2010-06-12.

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