Aren Z Aizura

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Gender, Women & Sexuality Stdy
Room 425 Ford Hall
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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

Educational Background

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


  • queer theory and queer studies
  • transgender studies
  • South East Asian studies
  • labor and political economy
  • science and medicine
  • transnationality and globalization
Courses Taught
  • GWSS 3404 Transnational Sexualities
  • GWSS 8220 Biopolitics, Race, and Gender
  • Introduction: Unrecognizable, On Trans Recognition in 2017: Aizura, Aren, South Atlantic Quarterly, 116: 3 606-611, 2017.
  • Aizura, Aren Zachary. "Affective Vulnerability and Transgender Exceptionalism: Norma Ureiro in Transgression." In Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Sarah Tobias (eds), Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities (2016): 122-140.
  • Communizing Care in The Left Hand of Darkness: Aizura, Aren, ADA: A Journal of Gender New Media and Technology, 12 , 2017. Link
  • Ungilting the Gold Star Gay: Aizura, Aren, Emmett Ramstad, Ohio University Press, Martin Joseph Ponce and Debra Moddelmog (eds), Samuel Steward and the Politics of the Erotic, 2017.
  • “Transnational Transgender Rights and Immigration Law.” In A. Finn Enke (ed), Transfeminist Perspectives in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies (Philadelphia: Temple University Press), 133-151.
  • "Trans feminine value, racialized others and the limits of necropolitic." sIn Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco, and Jin Haritaworn (eds), Queer Necropolitics (London: Routledge, 2014), 129-48.
  • The Transgender Studies Reader 2. Aizura, Aren, Susan Stryker, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2014.
  • Trystan Cotten, Carla LaGata, Marcia Ochoa, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. TSQ Transgender Studies Quarterly Special Issue: Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary. , 2014.
  • Carla LaGata/Carsten Balzer, Marcia Ochoa, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. "Introduction." TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1: 3 (2014): 308-319.
  • Tom Boellstorff, Mauro Cabral, Micha Cárdenas, Trystan Cotten, Eric Stanley, Kalaniopua Young. "Roundtable: Decolonizing Transgender." TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1: 3 (2014): 419-439.
  • “The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel: ‘Race’, labour and affect in Thai gender reassignment clinics.” In Peter A. Jackson (ed), Queer Bangkok, (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011), 142—162.
  • “The Persistence of Transsexual Travel Narratives.” In Trystan Cotten (ed), Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition (New York: Routledge, 2011), 139—156.
  • Aizura, Aren Zachary. "Feminine Transformations: Gender Reassignment Surgical Tourism in Thailand.” ." Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 28: 4 (2010):
  • Aizura, Aren Zachary. "Where Health and Beauty Meet: femininity, cosmetic surgery and racialization in Thailand." Asian Studies Review 33: 3 (2009): 303-317.
  • Aizura, Aren Zachary. "Of Borders and Homes: The Imaginary Community of (Trans) Sexual Citizenship." Inter Asia Cultural Studies 7: 2 (2006): 289-309.
  • Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies for Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment, 2021
  • Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology, for The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (with Susan Stryker), 2014