TSRC Faculty


Eva Hayward

Assistant Professor in Gender & Women's Studies

email: evah@email.arizona.edu

Bio: Eva Hayward is an Assistant Professor in Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of New Mexico, Uppsala University (Sweden), Duke University, and the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the study of sensation, sexuality, and science. She has recently published articles in Transgender Studies Quarterly, Cultural Anthropology, Parallax, differences, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Women and Performance

Office: Women's Studies Building


Kris Aric Knisely

Assistant Professor of French and Intercultural Competence

email: knisely@email.arizona.edu

Bio: Kris Aric Knisely (Ph.D., French and Educational Studies, Emory University) is an Assistant Professor of French and Intercultural Competence as well as affiliated faculty in both SLAT and TSRC at the University of Arizona. Knisely’s research, in its broadest form, considers gender and sexuality in the linguistic, socio-cultural, and instructional dimensions of second language (L2) learning. This entails asking how the linguistically- and culturally-situated ways that we perceive and embody gender enter into L2 education, what normativities manifest there, and how those normativities can be laid bare, upended, and unscripted by L2 teachers and learners. Within this general frame, Knisely focuses on the culturally-situated linguistic practices of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming speakers of French, particularly as they can inform the development and articulation of trans-affirming L2 curricula, materials, research, training, and pedagogies. Dr. Knisely’s work has appeared in a variety of journals including Contemporary French CivilizationForeign Language AnnalsThe French ReviewGender and Language, Journal of Applied Measurement, and Pensamiento Educativo, among others.

Office: Modern Languages 549C1


Dr. Yv E. Nay

SNSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2018-2019

email: yvnay@email.arizona.edu

Bio: Yv E. Nay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Transgender Studies Initiative at the Institute for LGBT Studies and at the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. They hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Basel where they were lecturer and fellow at the Center for Gender Studies. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Yv was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin, SNSF Fellow at Columbia University and a Research Fellow at the University of Zurich. Yv’s research engages with the question of how politics, affect and regimes of gender and sexuality intersect. Their book entitled Feeling Family (Zaglossus 2017) is a study of the affective politics of queer families, which interweaves feminist, queer, affect theory and queer of color critique. Yv’s current project focuses on the affective structure of activism within transgender communities. They have published in Sociologus. Journal for Social AnthropologyFemina Politica Journal of Feminist Political Science, and are co-editor of the anthology Affect and Gender (Affekt und Geschlecht) (Zaglossus 2014).



Z Nicolazzo 

Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice

email: znicolaz@email.arizona.edu

phone: 520-621-4686

Bio: Z Nicolazzo (Ph.D., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University) specializes in tracing discourses of gender in educational contexts, with a particular emphasis on how these discourses mediate the lives of transgender college students.  She also has written about trans*-infused epistemologies and methodologies, and is the co-editor of a forthcoming edition titled Starting with Gender in International Higher Education Research: Conceptual Debates and Methodological Considerations.  Dr. Nicolazzo's first book, Trans* In College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication Award from the American Educational Research Association's Division J.  Dr. Nicolazzo teaches courses focused on gender and education, research methods and methodologies, and college student (sub)cultures.


Eric Plemons

email: eplemons@email.arizona.edu

phone: (520) 621-2585

bio: Eric Plemons is Assistant Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, where he directs the program in medical anthropology and also serves as Co-Chair of the Transgender Studies Research Cluster. Plemons’s research focuses on the politics and practice of transgender medicine and surgery. He spends time with clinicians, patients, and administrators as they all work—sometimes together and sometimes against one another—to determine what “good trans medicine” is and how and for whom it works. His first book, The Look of a Woman: facial feminization surgery and the aims of trans- medicine, was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2017 for outstanding ethnographic monograph on an LGBT topic. His work has appeared in a variety of journals including Medical Anthropology, Journal of Medical Humanities, Social Studies of Science, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Body & Society; a new article on the exclusion of trans healthcare in the growing network of Catholic-affiliated hospital systems in the US is forthcoming in the religious studies journal Cross Currents. 

office: Haury Anthropology Building


Max Strassfeld

email: mstrassfeld@email.arizona.edu

phone: (520) 621-0653

bio: Max Strassfeld received his PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. He was a Frankel Fellow at the University of Michigan and is currently an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona. His current book project is entitled: Transing the Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature. Spring semester I'll be teaching RELI 363 Religion and Sex and RELI 498 Senior Capstone in Religious Studies. Publications: my article in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion is out. "Transing Religious Studies," JFSR 34, no. 1 (2018): 37-53.

Office: Learning Services Building


Susan Stryker Ph.D.

email: susanstryker@email.arizona.edu

Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. Dr. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Macquarie University in Sydney, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013).

Office: Women's Studies Building


Russell Toomey

email: toomey@email.arizona.edu

phone: (520) 621-1132


Russ Toomey is an Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development. He received his B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University, a M.A. in Family Studies from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Russ’s research examines the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in society (for example, discrimination). His focus is on youth who identify with or express non-privileged sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities, and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, well-being, and educational outcomes. At the UA, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on human sexuality, adolescent development, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics. The favorite part of his job, however, is mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. In his free time (he’s a big proponent in work/life balance), he loves hanging out with his two kids and mini dachshund, hiking, and listening to or making music.

office: McClelland Park Building