About Me

I teach political science and women’s & gender studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and am the 2019-2021 Internal Endowed Chair of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at Brooklyn College. I also occasionally work as an adjunct professor for the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. I’ve written widely on the topics related to transgender rights, sex reclassification policies, and feminism. With Susan Stryker, I was the founding editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, the flagship journal of transgender studies. I co-edited, with Shannon Minter and Richard Juang, Transgender Rights, which won the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. As a founding board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute I have advocated for transgender rights at all levels of government. I also served on the founding board of directors Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE). My book, Sex is as Sex Does: Governing Transgender Identity, is forthcoming from New York University Press (release date: June 2022).  Articles available online include: “Social Justice for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Discussion with Paisley Currah and Aeyal Gross” (2019); “Transgender Rights Without  a Theory of Gender” (2017); “Making Transgender Count” (2015); “Homonationalism, State Rationalities, and Sex Contradictions” (2013); “Securitizing Gender: Identity, Biometrics, and Transgender Bodies at the Airport” (2011), co-authored with Tara Mulqueen;  “‘We Won’t Know Who You Are’: Contesting Sex Designations on NYC Birth Certificates” (2009).  My BA is from Queen’s University, Canada, and my PhD is from Cornell University.  Other articles can be downloaded from my Academia.edu page. My CV is here.

I also consult as a content editor for book projects related to GLBT studies, gender studies, and transgender studies.

I can be reached at pcurrah@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Paisley- did u go to GBC in Sundridge? Was just driving up hwy 11 and was thinking of pplw from camp and your name came to mind. I was a camp and I’m guessing ur th same Paisley C on staff. Bay

  2. Contrary to what you wrote in your 2000 article, “Unprincipled Exclusions,” “gender identity” is NOT “a fundamental aspect of personhood.” (By the way, radical subjectivism actually is “philosophical.”)

    Early in your life, you didn’t bond properly with your mother or mother figure. Reflexively, you cross-identified with available males. You are and always will be FEMALE.


    The corruption of the American Psychiatric Association and similar liberal-run organizations is well documented. See Jeffrey Satinover, HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE POLITICS OF TRUTH.

    GayScam will end. The truth will out.

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