Paisley Currah is professor of political science and women’s & gender studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. With Susan Stryker, he co-edits TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, a new journal from Duke University Press. He also c0-edited Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge (Palgrave 2011) with Monica Casper. And with Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter, he co-edited Transgender Rights (Minnesota 2006), which was awarded the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Currah’s new book, Not the United States of Sex (NYU, forthcoming), looks at contradictions in state definitions of sex and transgender politics.
Currah sits on the editorial boards of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2003-2007, where he helped launched the International Resource Network (irnweb.org), a global network of researchers, activists, artists, and teachers sharing knowledge about diverse sexualities. In 2011, he received the Michael Lynch Service Award from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. That award is intended “to publicize and celebrate–and as widely as possible–the range, the forms, the energy, and the history of queer activism by academics.” In 2005, he was a Distinguished Awardee at NYC Comptroller William C. Thompson’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration.