About us


The Chair in Transgender Studies

As the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies, we are committed to generating solid reliable information about the real world to drive social change and improve the well-being of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people; and we support and build healthy communities by facilitating activities of interest to trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people and their allies.


Dr. Aaron Devor - current Chair in Transgender Studies

Photo: Brian Sargent  
Photo: Brian Sargent

Dr. Aaron H Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years. He was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care, and is now overseeing its translation into world languages.

He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles, and the widely-acclaimed books Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989) and FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1997, 2nd edition forthcoming). His most recent book, The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014) was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction. He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses.

He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Devor, a trans man, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world's largest Transgender Archives, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Staff

Michael Radmacher - Administrative Officer 

Michael is a librarian and a member of the queer community who originates from Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan.  He relocated to UVic in 2009 to complete his MA in Political Science.  In 2010 he completed his award-winning thesis and joined UVic Libraries where he began volunteering for the Transgender Archives. In 2016, Michael completed his Masters of Library and Information Science degree.

Michael is a now serves as the Adminstrative Officer to the Chair in Transgender Studies and works with the Transgender Archives.

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Hepzibeth Lee - Office Assistant 

Hepzibeth is a queer, racialized Social Work (Child Welfare Specialization) student at the University of Victoria. Hailing from Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), Hepzibeth has been committed to working with racialized and Indigenous communities, LGBTQ2S youth and people with (dis)abilities for the past five years.

In addition to their role as Office Assistant to the Chair in Transgender Studies, Hepzibeth also works as a support worker at the Cridge Transition House and as a volunteer at the Anti-Violence Project.

Steering committee

Steering Committee

CURRENT MEMBERS
Janni Aragon – Technology Integrated Learning, Director, UVic
Mo Bradley – Writing, Associate Professor, UVic
Rachel Cleves – History, Professor, UVic
Alexandra D'Arcy – Linguistics, Associate Professor, UVic
Aaron Devor – Chair in Transgender Studies, UVic
Kimi Dominic – Interdisciplinary PhD Student, UVic
Matthew Heinz – Vice-Provost, Research & Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads
Lindsay Herriot – Curriculum and Instruction, Adjunct Faculty, UVic
Cindy Holmes – Social Work, Assistant Professor, UVic
Nathan Lachowsky – Public Health & Social Policy, Assistant Professor, UVic
Annalee Lepp – Gender Studies, Associate Professor, UVic
Michael Radmacher – Administrative Officer, Chair in Transgender Studies, UVic
Kelsey Rounds – PhD Student, Nursing, UVic
ChrŸs Tei – Rainbow Health Co-operative
Lara Wilson – Director of Special Collections and University Archivist, UVic
Margot Wilson – Anthropology, Associate Professor, UVic
Audrey Wolfe – MA Student, Child and Youth Care, UVic

PAST MEMBERS
Sharon Doty – PFLAG, Victoria
Alyx MacAdams – MSW Student, Social Work, UVic


Janni Aragon

Dr. Janni Aragon (BA/MA San Diego State University, MA/PhD UC Riverside) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Victoria. She has taught courses on American Politics, Political Theory, Gender and Politics, Feminist Theory, Gender and International Relations, Model United Nations Simulation, Internship in Political Science, as well as numerous Women's Studies courses at the University of Victoria and San Diego State University. Her research interests include: Gender and Politics, American Politics, Women and Technology, Third Wave Feminisms, Social Movements, and Transnational Feminism. She has been published in New Political Science, Women's Studies Quarterly, and the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. She is currently working on a project focused on pedagogy, popular culture, and technology entitled, "Feminist Pedagogical Border Crossing: Using Popular Culture to Teach Globalization to the 'Net Gen.'"

Dr. Aragon was the 2011-13 Chair of the Academic Women’s Caucus at UVic. In this capacity, Aragon represents all women faculty and librarians at all equity, diversity, and human rights meetings. She also sits on the Senate in the Learning and Teaching Committee. She also served as the 2010-11 President of the Caucus for Women and Gender Justice for the Western Political Science Association (WPSA). She has served as the Chair of the Gender and Politics section and Teaching, Research, and Professional Development section of regional political science associations. Dr. Aragon and Dr. Kathleen Jones co-coordinated the Feminist Theory Conference at the WPSA in 2009.

You can find Dr. Aragon on Twitter via @janniaragon. In 2012 she won a West Coast Social Media Award: Best Use of Twitter. She was also nominated in other categories: Most Inspiring and Community Builder..  


Mo Bradley

Award-winning filmmaker, Mo Bradley, has created over fifty short films that have screened at festivals around the globe. Bradley’s first feature, Two 4 One, won the Best Canadian Film Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Available Light Film Festival in the Yukon. Two 4 One took home the audience award at Translations, Seattle's transgender film festival. The film’s lead actor, Gavin Crawford, won the 2015 ACTRA-TO Award for Outstanding Performance—Male for his portrayal of transgender hero, Adam. Veteran BC Actor, Gabrielle Rose, won a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance for her role in the film. Two 4 One has screened at dozens of festivals around the globe and is available internationally on iTunes and Google Play in seven languages. Mo has received two major technology infrastructure grants from Canada Foundation for Innovation and regularly sits on juries with the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council. In 1992, Bradley reached her largest audience of 10 million on the CBC youth TV series, Road Movies. Long before Ellen DeGeneres came out on TV , Bradley beat her to it on CBC's Road Movies. Mo is currently in development with a number of trans-themed films and TV series. Bradley is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, teaching screenwriting and film production.  


Rachel Hope Cleves

Rachel Hope Cleves is a historian of sexuality, whose work has focused on American history in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Her article, “Six Ways of Looking at a Trans Man? : The Life of Frank Shimer (1826 - 1901)” is forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Sexuality in January 2018. She is also the co-editor, along with Alexie Glover and Scott Larson, of an ongoing trans history series for the history of sexuality blog Notches. Her most recent book, Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America (2014), won a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. 


Aaron Devor

Dr. Aaron H Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years. He was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care, and is now overseeing its translation into world languages.

He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles, and the widely-acclaimed books Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989) and FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1997, 2nd edition forthcoming). His most recent book, The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014) was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction. He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses.

He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Devor, a trans man, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world's largest Transgender Archives, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.


matthew heinz

matthew heinz is founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and a professor in the School of Communication and Culture whose work focuses on the intersections of language, gender identity, sexual orientation and culture. He examines intercultural and international communication via performative writing, qualitative studies and discourse analysis. He led a community-guided transgender needs assessment for Vancouver Island, which started in 2010. heinz’s work has appeared in The Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua, Communication Teacher, Journal of Homosexuality, Communication Education, The Journal of International Communication, Communication Studies and the Journal of Cognition and Communication. Originally from Germany, he has lived and worked in North America since the 1980s.

heinz joined Royal Roads in 2006, as an associate professor and director of the School of Communication and Culture. In 2008, he was appointed associate dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, before becoming dean in 2011. Prior to Royal Roads, heinz taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bowling Green State University and the University of North Dakota. He also worked as a print journalist in the United States.

heinz earned his PhD in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MSc in communication studies from Fort Hays State University, where his thesis was selected as most outstanding of 1989. heinz won the Central States Communication Association Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2001. His journalistic work in the U.S. was recognized by more than 20 first- and second-place awards in national and regional competitions.  


Cindy Holmes

Cindy Holmes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work with over 25 years experience in community-based health and social work. Her community-engaged scholarship and teaching is informed by anti-racist and decolonial feminist, queer and trans theories and social justice movements. For the past 3 years, she has worked collaboratively with a group of trans, Two-Spirit and gender nonconforming co-researchers exploring connections between safety, wellbeing, belonging and place through the use of Photovoice methodology — a participatory action research approach using photography, storytelling and social action (MSFHR-funded). Cindy is a member of various research teams including: three projects focused on the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse children, youth and their parents; and the Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty (CCALP) focused on developing a national research agenda to address gaps in knowledge about poverty and health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, and queer people. 


Nathan Lachowsky

Nathan Lachowsky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Championing interdisciplinary and community-based participatory approaches, he has conducted HIV and sexual health research with gay, bi and queer cis and trans men, including two-spirit indigenous men across Canada and New Zealand. 

Nathan's principal area of research focuses on social and behavioural epidemiology and the importance of developing and analyzing quantitative public health data to inform public health practice, health service provision, and policy. While fundamentally trained as an epidemiologist, he conducts interdisciplinary mixed methods research within a social justice framework in order to achieve health equity for marginalized communities. If you are interested in collaborating with Nathan, please contact him at nlachowsky@uvic.ca or (250) 472-5739.


Annalee Lepp

Annalee Lepp joined UVic Gender Studies in 1993. Recipient of the 2012-13 Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

I was trained as an historian and my historical research has focused on Canadian gender, family, and legal history and most specifically the history of marital breakdown and domestic violence in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canada.
My other main area of research concentrates on trafficking in persons, transnational labour migration, and irregular border movements in the global and especially the Canadian context.

I was a co-founder in 1996 and am the current director of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada, a member organization of GAATW whose international secretariat is located in Bangkok. Work in this area has included human trafficking crisis intervention, advocacy, and acting as the principal investigator for a number of funded collaborative research projects on human trafficking and irregular cross-border movements from a human rights perspective.


Michael Radmacher

Michael is a librarian and member of the queer community who originates from Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan.  He relocated to UVic in 2009 to complete his MA in Political Science.  In 2010 he completed his award-winning thesis and joined UVic Libraries where he began volunteering for the Transgender Archives. In 2016, Michael completed his Masters of Library and Information Science degree.

Michael now serves as the Adminstrative Officer to the Chair in Transgender Studies and works with the Transgender Archives.


Kelsey Rounds

Kelsey Rounds is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. They have a BSN and an MN in Clinical Nurse Leadership from the University of Washington, and a clinical background in medical-surgical nursing. Kelsey’s research interests include resilience, health equity, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) health. They are currently co-lead of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) Nursing Research Workgroup.


ChrŸs Tei

ChrŸs Tei is the Executive Director at Rainbow Health Co-operative, BC’s largest trans owned organization, and manages XQQ Cross Queer Quarterly. She is a social entrepreneur building wellness in the GNC and trans community. 


Lara Wilson

As University Archivist and Director of Special Collections, I can direct you to information about our rare books and periodicals, manuscripts, archival records (historical documents, photographs, films, and other audio visual recordings) and special collections (primary source materials collected on specific subject).

Special Collections and University Archives acquires a diverse range of materials, in support of teaching and research:

Private archives of individuals and organizations in the subject areas of anarchism, architecture, arts and culture (visual arts, performing arts), Asian Canadian history, environmental studies, environmentalism, modernist literature, military history, South Vancouver Island history and political affairs, transgender studies, and women's studies; University of Victoria, Victoria College and Provincial Normal School historical records; archives of individuals and organizations from the University community.

Our rare print holdings include internationally recognized holdings in Modernist British, American and Anglo-Irish literature. Other subject areas collected include Canadian military history; early 20th century literary magazines; Northwest exploration, ethnology, art and anthropology; and regional and Southern Vancouver Island authors and literary culture. Special Collections also houses the Seghers Collection, which consists of approximately 4,000 books on Catholic theology and church history, canon law, liturgy and ritual, canonization and monasticism.


Margo Wilson

Margo Wilson is a cultural anthropologist interested in culture change, international development and planned change. Her early research has focused primarily on Bangladesh but she's spent a considerable amount of time in India.

Margo is interested in how fieldwork and anthropological methodologies provide insights into the ways people live their lives. She is committed to experiential learning for students and have directed a number of student summer field schools in India and Southeast Asia.

Margo's research has focused on women's work in homestead gardens, stigmatization of leprosy patients and abandonment of women and children in Bangladesh. She's published two articles recently on cultural constructions of group identity among the Rajbanshi of Bangladesh and Dalit Muslims in India. Margo is interested in women's narratives and the ways in which women represent their lived experiences, especially through letters. Most recently, her interests in gender and narrative have come together in a project focused on life histories of transgender elders. 

 


Audrey Wolfe

Audrey is a graduate student in UVic's School of Child and Youth Care, and is a program coordinator for a specialized long-term residential program for youth in care. She fills the house with love and stability, acting as a primary caregiver and managing a home with a team of child care workers. Her master's thesis research is looking at how LGBTQ youth make sense of their experiences with sexualized and intimate partner violence.