Aren Aizura (F'11-13)
Mellon Fellow, Institute for Research on Women (IRW) Scholar, and Postdoctoral Associate
Aren Aizura received his PhD from Melbourne University, Australia in 2009. His research focuses on how biopolitical technologies of race, gender, transnationality, medicalization and political economy shape and are shaped by transgender and queer bodies. He is particularly interested in how geographical location and histories of colonialism have fostered or subtended different gender variant and queer subjectivities. His research to date has focused on diverse sites: the political economies of travel for gender reassignment surgery; tracing circuits of affective labor within trans and queer migration; writing about whiteness as a shifting ideal within transnational economies of body modification in Thailand; and interrogating concepts of homonationalism, biopolitics and necropolitics as they relate to gender variant life. His journal articles have appeared in Asian Studies Review, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, while book chapters are included in Queer Bangkok (HKUP 2011), Trans Gender Migrations (Routledge, forthcoming 2011) and Trans Feminist Perspectives (Temple UP, forthcoming 2012). He is the co-editor with Susan Stryker of the Transgender Studies Reader Volume II (Routledge, forthcoming 2012).