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B Lee Aultman

Lecturer in Political Science

B Lee Aultman, PhD (The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2018) teaches courses in American politics, queer and trans politics, theories of democracy, and theories of radical organization.

My research engaged with the ordinary life (the trans ordinary) as a site of critique against normative and anti-normative movements concerning the sex/gender conventionalities. I track affects of self-management and belonging across the historical trans genre, including contemporary forms of life under neoliberalism, emphasizing the under-described resources and rich vitality that the trans ordinary provides for understanding gender nonnormative self-making.

I am nonbinary, transmasculine and go by they/them/their pronouns.

More About Me

I co-host a critical theory podcast, The Always Already Podcast, and blog at Gender Strangers.

Research Interests

Trans Politics, Queer Theory, Gender Studies, Phenomenology, Affect Theory, Critical Race Studies

Representative Courses

Radical Organizing

Queer Politics

Culture, Identity, and Behavior

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

“Injurious Acts: Notes on Happiness from the Trans Ordinary.” Forthcoming. In “Happiness,” edited by Juliane Roemhild. Special issue, Writing from Below.

“Epistemic Injustice and the Construction of Transgender Legal Subjects.” 2016. In “Epistemic Injustice in Practice,” edited by Franziska Dübgen. Special issue, Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies. 15 (Summer): 11-34.

“Cisgender.” 2014. In “Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a Twenty-First Century Transgender Studies,” edited by Susan Stryker and Paisley Currah. Special issue, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 1, no. 1-2 (May): 61-62. https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-2399614

Co-Authored Book Chapters

Aultman, B Lee and Paisley Currah. 2017. “Politics Outside the Law: Transgender Life and the Challenge of Legibility.” In LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, edited by Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess and Cricket Keating, 34-53. New York: New York University Press.

Smith, Raymond and B Lee Aultman. 2011. “Depoliticize the Creation of Congressional Districts.” In Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government, by Raymond Smith, 141-149. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

———. 2011. “Empower the Courts to Issue Advisory Opinions”. In Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government, by Raymond Smith, 159-166. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Commissioned Manuscripts

“Non-Binary Trans Identities.” (Under Review). In The Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy, edited by Don Haider-Markel. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“Transgender Social Movements.” (In Progress). In The Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy, edited by Don Haider-Markel. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

“Abortion Policies in Argentina.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 18. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“Comprehensive Sex Ed in Europe.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 123. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“Focus on the Family.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 205. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“International LGBT Proliferation.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 155. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 9. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“Marriage Controversies: Nothing New in the United States.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 199. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“Same Sex Marriage around the World.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 186. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

“The Comstock Act.” 2010. In The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, edited by Raymond Smith, 109. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Presentations / Conferences

“Reading Melanie Klein’s ‘A Study of Envy and Gratitude’ with Mariana Ortega’s ‘Hometactics.’”Sound Education Conference. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. November 3, 2018.