Collegiate Affiliation

Aren Aizura is an associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. He brings expertise in queer theory, transgender studies, transnationality and immigration, and political economy and labor. Aizura earned a PhD in cultural studies from the University of Melbourne and before joining the University of Minnesota was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University. He also held a post-doctoral fellowship in Gender, Race and Science in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University.

He is the author of Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment (Duke University Press, 2018). He co-edited the Transgender Studies Reader 2 with Susan Stryker (Duke University Press, 2013) and Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies with Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Karma Chávez, Mishuana Goeman, Amber Musser, and Aimee Bahng (NYU Press, 2021). He was co-editor of Transgender Studies Quarterly 1:3-4 on Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary (2013). Aizura’s interdisciplinary research looks at how queer and transgender bodies shape and are shaped by technologies of race, gender, transnationality, medicalization and political economy. Working across theories of social reproduction, care work, trans subjectivity, and transnationality, his work straddles feminist science and technology studies, trans studies, and transnational theories of sexuality and gender.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, 2009
  • B.A.: Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne, 1999


  • Queer theory and queer studies
  • Transgender studies
  • South East Asian studies
  • Labor and political economy
  • Transnationality and globalization
  • Science and medicine