Introduction to Transgender Studies


Ardel Haefele-Thomas, Ph.D.

450 pages
Paperback, $59.00 / £46.00 ISBN: 9781939594273
E-book, $54.99 / £43.00 ISBN: 9781939594280

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“Ardel Haefele-Thomas has done a commendable job presenting what transgender has meant up to our present moment, thereby giving the rising generation a generous gift to use as they see fit for the ongoing project of creating a less straitjacketed, more expansive sense of what a human life can be. It offers a useful place to start thinking about basic concepts like sex and gender, sexual orientation, and identity.”
Susan Stryker, University of Arizona, from the Foreword of Introduction to Transgender Studies

“It makes me so honored and happy to write the Introduction to Ardel Haefele-Thomas’s groundbreaking and profoundly important Introduction to Transgender Studies. A book like this matters to everybody.”
Jo Clifford, Independent playwright, poet, and performer and former Professor of Theatre at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

“I can’t imagine a better textbook introducing students to transgender studies. Ardel Haefele-Thomas lucidly explains the complexities of gender nonconformity using clear analysis, together with rich and nuanced historical examples. These are elucidated further with the delightful details they deserve.”
Paisley Currah, coeditor of Transgender Studies Quarterly

“This is a groundbreaking textbook and significant development in transgender studies. Students will relate to all aspects of each chapter, including the personal stories, rich histories, interactive questions, inspiring trans figures, and much more. This is a must read and a truly intersectional accomplishment.”
Breana Bahar Hansen, City College of San Francisco and University of San Francisco

“The cultural historian, queer theorist, and trans activist Ardel Haefele-Thomas has written an indispensable textbook on gender and sexuality for schools and universities. I have field-tested it with students across ethnicities and nationalities. They are invariably drawn to the well-researched multicultural histories, precise definitions of LGBTQ+, and the very personal stories of members of the community that the author has assembled. This volume will further transgender tolerance and challenge the binary as much as any single work can do.”
Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter