Francisco J. Galarte is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and a member of the Transgender Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona. This year Francisco is excited to finish his book manuscript titled, Chican@ Trans-figurations: Excesses of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Chican@ Studies. Over the past four years he has been invited to give lectures at UC Berkeley, Rutgers University, and the University of Minnesota on this forthcoming work, which is poised to make significant contributions to Chicana/o Studies, Latina/o Studies, Transgender Studies and Queer Studies. The book engages a diverse archive that includes visual art, photography, film, court transcripts and the Louis Sullivan Papers. This past summer Francisco had the opportunity to visit the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa papers at the Benson Library at UT Austin, there he conducted archival research for an upcoming experimental essay he is co-writing with GWS colleague Sandra K. Soto, titled "Anzaldúa's Queer Worldbuilding: A Conversation on Femmes, Marimach@s and the Sexual Borderlands" that is to be published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies. Francisco serves on the editorial board for the new and cutting edge journal, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly for which he is also its Fashion Editor, curating short essays and interviews with artists, models and designers that explore the topic of "fashion," "fashion-ing" and "transness." In 2015, he was excited to serve as a co-editer for a volume of TSQ on "Trans-formational Pedagogies" with Z. Nicolazzo and Susan B. Marine. His publications have appeared in Aztlán: Journal of Chicano Studies, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, and Transgender Studies Quarterly.
Over the past five years at the University of Arizona at the undergraduate level, Professor Galarte has enjoyed teaching large lecture courses such as "Gender and Contemporary Society," and courses in the GWS Chican@/Latin@ Studies concentration, such as "Intro to Chican@/Latin@ Studies," and "Chicana Feminisms." At the graduate level he is currently teaching "Feminist and Related Social Movements," and has developed a course titled, "Feminist and Trans* Pedagogies and Praxis". Since 2013, he has served as the Faculty Fellow for the LGBTQ Resource Center, where he has enjoyed working with students to develop programming that emphasizes cross-collaboration with other resource centers on campus such as the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center, the Women's Resource Center, African American Student Affairs, Native American Student Affairs and Asian Pacific American Student Affairs. Out of these collaborations and with support from the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, he founded the "Queer and Trans* People of Color Speaker and Workshop Series," which has brought a wide variety of artists, activists, academics, and writers to campus, including Laverne Cox. In addition, he is a visible presence in the greater Tucson community and was a collaborator on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that funded a series of community and academic programs through the Arizona Historical Society titled "Nuestro Tucson."
Francisco's future research includes a second book project that will focus on US/Mexico Relations and Water Rights in Imperial and Yuma counties and an essay on affect and sound in the repertoire of singer Chavela Vargas. Francisco looks forward to participating in a plenary session on "Trans*-of-Color" during the Institute's upcoming 2016 Trans*studies Conference at the University of Arizona, where he will be discussing the stunning photographs of Anthony Friedkin. The plenary will take place September 9th, at from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom. He shares the panel with Marquis Bay, micha cárdenas, and Trish Salah. Click here to see the full schedule.