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Nicholas Clarkson

Nicholas Clarkson
Visiting Lecturer

Research Interests: Transgender theory, biopolitics, citizenship, surveillance studies, masculinities, queer theory and LGBT history.  

Nick completed his Ph.D. in Gender Studies with a minor in Cultural Studies at Indiana University in 2015. His project, States of Incoherence: Biopolitics and Transnormative Citizenship, investigates contemporary transgender citizenship with a focus on airport security practice and identity documentation policies. He argues that beginning in 2003, biopower began to circulate differently through the category of transgender, pulling some trans people into the life of the nation and pushing others towards death. The cross-dressing terrorist and the Transsexual Patriot emerged as the figural poles of these conflicting trends in trans citizenship.

Nick held a dissertation fellowship from Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences from 2014-2015, and he taught at Butler University in Indianapolis as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow from 2012-2013.

Nick’s work has appeared in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s anthology, Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform. For further information on Nick's publications, see

Dinah Holtzman

Dinah Holtzman
Visiting Lecturer

Research Interests: Queer and critical race theory, Bollywood and South Asian diasporic cinema, celebrity and museum studies.  

Dinah Holtzman, Visiting Lecturer in Gender Studies, previously taught in the Performing Arts and Visual Culture department at Rochester Institute of Technology (2011-2013). From 2008-2010 she was a graduate fellow at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. She also participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program from 1997-1998.

Professor Holtzman graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1995 with a B.A. in Film and Women’s Studies. She also holds a M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University as well as a M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from State University of New York--Purchase College. Professor Holtzman received her Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester in 2011.

Her research interests include queer and critical race theory, Bollywood and South Asian diasporic cinema, Celebrity and Museum Studies. Her book project Portrait of the Postmodern Artist as Hysteric explores the art of crossover celebrity artists Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney, and Kara Walker. These artists creation of diegetic alter egos demonstrates how the subjective splitting attributed to hysteria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century has become normative in the wake of the postmodern turn.

She has published work in the fields of North American and South Asian popular culture, Gender and Celebrity Studies, as well as critical race and psychoanalytic theory, including:

“Strange Days: Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron’s Vision of Crises of Gender, Race and Technology at the Turn of the Millennium,” Forthcoming in Apocalyptic Projections: A Study of Past Predictions, Current Trends and Future Intimations as Related in Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy Film or Literature for the Twenty-First Century. Annette Magid (ed.) Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
“Hysteria and the Multimedia Art of Lady Gaga and James Franco.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Culture. 2014-2015.
“The Dangerous Book Four Boys: James Franco’s Psychosexual Artistic Explorations of Boyhood,” Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies. (Fall 2013) 7 (2): 120-140.
“Between Yaars: The Queering of Dosti in Contemporary Bollywood Films.” Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, Diaspora (Anthem South Asian Studies). Rini Bhattacharya Mehta & Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande (eds.) London: Anthem Press, 2010, 111-128.
“Save the Trauma for your Mama: Kara Walker, The Art World’s Beloved.” Revisiting Slave Narratives II. Judith Misrahi-Barak (ed.) Montepellier: Publications de l’Université Paul Valéry, Les Carnets du Cerpac, 2007, 377-404.

Joselyn Leimbach

Joselyn K. Leimbach
Visiting Lecturer

Research Interests: Popular culture and representation, feminist and queer theory, lesbian studies, critical race theory, identity and community queer aesthetics, and queer of color critiques.  

Joselyn K. Leimbach received her Ph.D. in Gender Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Representations and Media Practices from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014. Her research explores the effects of race and ethnicity on media representations of lesbians, analyzing the tensions between neoliberal rhetorics and queer of color critiques as they impact community and identity formation, complicate simplistic success/failure conventions, and affect temporal and spatial logics. She has published work on the celebrity personae of Rachael Maddow and Suze Orman in In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Function of Female Celebrity (Continuum 2011) and has a forthcoming article on Ellen DeGeneres, co-authored with Brenda R. Weber, in Hysterical! Women in American Comedy (University of Texas Press). Her book project traces the effects of the U.S. marriage debate on depictions of romantic success in lesbian films, arguing for the proliferation of alternative romantic trajectories often presented as failure, even as the definition of success is increasingly limited.

Gabriel Peoples

Gabriel Peoples
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Areas: Performance, Gender, and Africana Studies.  

Gabriel Peoples is a Postdoctoral fellow who works in the areas of Performance, Gender, and Africana Studies. He seeks to advance interdisciplinary research that addresses the representations and lived experiences of Black men and women in scenes of social constraint and creativity. Currently, he is preparing a manuscript that examines the rewards and risks of repeated visual and sonic performances of Blackness in popular culture and everyday life, which are packaged as images, films, and viral videos for mass consumption. He argues that while this Black virality supports commonsense ideologies about Black bodies, it also creates paths of alterity where Blackness is challenged, its histories renegotiated, and subjectivities (dis)identified with.

His writing is forthcoming in The Black Scholar’s special issue on Black Code Studies. His interests include Black performance theory, visual culture, intersections of race and gender, and HIV prevention. Peoples desires to inspire people to use their imaginations creatively and critically to think seriously about how their words and bodies wield the power to change minds and create worlds.

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and aesthetics, feminist science studies, transgender theory and politics, and queer archives and method.  

Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Smith College. Her areas of research and teaching are: gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and aesthetics, feminist science studies, transgender theory and politics, and queer archives and method.

Jeanne is completing a book manuscript about the sensory and “handcrafted” labor of transgender identities. Handmade: the Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment thinks at the intersection of transgender, craft, and affect theory, and examines the fibrous and fleshy modes of bodily capacity in close readings of knitting, soft sculpture, visual culture, dance, and performance art.

She is the editor of “The Transbiological Body,” a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory bridging transgender and science studies. Her scholarly writing has also been published in The Transgender Studies Reader II, TSQ, Radical History Review, GLQ, Social Text, and The Journal of Modern Craft.

Previously Jeanne held the 2012-14 Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There she taught graduate seminars in transgender theory and feminist methods, curated “TransOcular: visions in transgender art, media & politics,” and co-organized a symposium on Queer Method.

Jeanne is a longtime volunteer with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, working as part of the Movement Building Team and on the host committee for the art auction Small Works for Big Change. She is a co-founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Collective, a community-led oral history project that centers those most marginalized within existing accounts of LGBT history.