Miriam J. Abelson is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Portland State
University. Her research focuses on masculinities, transgender studies, LGBT youth, rural and urban studies, and intersectional approaches to race, sexuality, and gender. She has published on topics including masculinities and violence, trans feminism, and intersectionality and gendered fear.
Her book, Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race, and Sexuality in America (2019), demonstrates through a large and geographically diverse interview study with transgender men that contemporary U.S. masculinity is deeply embedded in the spaces and places men move in their everyday lives and is inseparable from race and sexuality.
In Men in Place, Miriam J. Abelson foregrounds the lives of an intentionally diverse sample of trans men in the U.S. to address shifts in the look and feel of powerful intersecting systems of inequality. In this brilliantly written, theoretically sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and compassionate study, Abelson poses new challenges to research on masculinities and gender and sexual inequality that illuminate dynamics of power and inequality that reach far beyond the lives of the trans men she studied.—Tristan Bridges, University of California, Santa Barbara
She is also working on a collaborative project on the coming of age experiences of sexual and gender minority youth, including queer, transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and other non-heterosexual and non-cisgender identified teens in addition to work on rural queer and transgender people in the Northwest U.S.
To find out more about the conference, click here!