Curriculum Vitae


Jack Halberstam



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Depts. of ASE, Gender Studies and Comp Lit                                   4438 San Andreas Ave

USC                                                                                                    LA, CA 90065

LA, CA 90089                                                                                    email:


Current Position


Full Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Comparative Lit and Gender Studies, USC


Areas of specialization: cultural studies, queer theory, Visual Culture, Gothic literature and the horror film, popular culture, film and video, feminist theory, gender studies.




1991                Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

1989                M.A. in English Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

1985                B.A., Highest Honors in English, University of California, Berkeley.




Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and The Technology of Monsters.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995.

Posthuman Bodies. Co-Edited with Ira Livingston, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press,                 1995.

Female Masculinity.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998.

**Translated into Spanish, Egales Press, Madrid, 2008.

The Drag King Book. With Del LaGrace Volcano. London: Serpent’s Tail, 1999.

In A Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York: NYU

Press, 2005. **Translated in Italian, 2010.

The Queer Art of Failure. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Gaga Feminism: Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women and The End of Normal (2012)






Fellowships, Honors and Prizes 1995-Present



2011:               Invited Visiting Distinguished Professor, week of seminars/lectures at

University of Pittsburgh, February, 2011.


Invited Distinguished Visitor, Princeton University, March, 2011.


2010:               Invited Visiting Professor, University of Manitoba, week of seminars and

lectures. March, 2010.

2009:               Invited Participant at UC Irvine’s Humanities Research Institute.

2009:               USC GE Teaching Award for Undergraduate Education

Invited to offer an NEH Seminar for faculty in Queer Studies, SUNY

Potsdam, NY.

Invited to offer a Seminar in Queer Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Invited to offer a Seminar in Queer Studies, Tübingen University, Germany.

2008:               Invited to be Visiting Professor at University of Western Sydney

2007/8:            Invited to be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University

2007:               Invited to be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Univ of Alberta, Canada

2006:               Nominated for Lambda Book Award for In A Queer Time and Place.

2006:               Invited to be Visiting Professor of Gender Studies at Harvard Univ.

2004-6:            Invited to be Visiting Professor of Gender Studies, Summer Sessions,

University of Basel, Switzerland.

2004:               UCHRI Seminar, “Queer Locations,” Convener

            2001:               Compton-Noll Award for Best LGBT Essay

2001:               UCSD Humanities Center Fellowship

1999:               Awarded the Publisher’s Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction for Female Masculinity

1998:               Nominated for two Lambda Book Awards for Female Masculinity

1996/7:            REFLAGS Visiting Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Yale University

1995-6:            Draper Postdoctoral Fellow, Liberal Studies, NYU




“Queer Faces: Photography and Subcultural Lives” in Visual Culture Reader, 3rd Edition, ed.

Nicholas Mirzoeff (NY: Routledge, 2012).


“Sex and Entropy” in Kersten Drechsel: Wärmespeichersystem, Catalogue Essay, Hatje Cantz

Verlag; Auflage: 1 (December 2011).


“Queer Betrayals” in Queer Ethics, ed. Eveline Killian (London: Ashgate, 2012).


“Keeping Time with Lesbians on Ecstasy” in Queer Times, Queer Becomings, eds E.L.

McCallum and M. Tukhanen, (NY: SUNY Press, 2011): 333-344.


“Unfound,” in Cruising the Archive: Documents, ONE Archive, 2011.


“Unbecoming: Queer Negativity/Radical Passivity” in Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and

            Culture, eds. Ben Davies and Jana Funke (London: Palgrave, April 2011).


“Not So Lonesome Cowboys,” in William Handley ed. The Brokeback Book: From Story to

            Cultural Phenomenon (Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2011).


“Animal Sociality Beyond the Homo/Hetero Binary” in Poli: Politique de l’Image, Fall 2010,

Paris. Also published in special issue of Women and Performance.


Book Review of Alison Oram’s Her Husband Was A Woman! Women’s Gender-Crossing in

            Modern British Popular Culture, in American Historical Review (June 2010): 894-895.


“Animation,” in Profession, 2009, Special Issue on “How We Teach Now,” MLA Publications,

Fall 2009. Pp. 44-49.


“Beyond Broadway and Main: A Response to the Presidential Address,” American Quarterly,

Volume 61, Number 1, March 2009: pp. 33-38.


“Silly Archives and Subjugated Knowledges,” in Karriere: Contemporary Art and Social Life,

Volume #3, Special Issue on “Small Things,” Autumn 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark: pp.



“Sweet Tea and the Queer Art of Digression.” in Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Turner

Schofield. Ypsilanti, MI: Homofactus Press, 2008. pp. 9–12.


“Drag Animation, Crazy Art and the Rise of the Kingpins,” catalogue essay for The Kingpins

show: “The Great Undead.” Sydney, AUS, 2008.


“Animating Revolt/Revolting Animation: Penguin Love, Doll Sex and the Spectacle of the

Queer Non-Human” in Queering the Non/Human, eds. Noreen Giffney & Myra J. Hird

(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).


“Queer Voices and Musical Genders,” in Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music, ed. Freya

Jarman-Ivens (NY: Routledge, 2007): 183-196.


“Author Meets Critic,” published roundtable conversation on my book, In a Queer Time and

Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, to be published in Social and Cultural Geography Volume 8, No. 6 (December 2007): 10 pages.