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Paisley Currah
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Cornell University, BA Queen’s University
Research Interests: feminist, queer and transgender theory; sexuality and politics; politics of identity and rights discourse
Professor Currah’s current teaching and research interests include the politics of identity, queer and transgender theories and politics, biopolitics, and legal/political/theoretical ethnographies of state apparatuses. He is a founding editor, with Susan Stryker, of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, a new journal from Duke University Press. He is co-editor of Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge and Transgender Rights. Recent articles have been published in Theory & Event, Social Research, and Hypatia. His book, Not the United States of Sex, (NYU, forthcoming) looks at contradictions in state constructions of sex. Currah sits on the editorial boards of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2003-2007, where he helped launched the International Resource Network (, a global network of researchers, activists, artists, and teachers sharing knowledge about diverse sexualities.