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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.

The Transgender Archives

The Transgender Archives is a part of the University of Victoria Libraries and an integral part of the Chair in Transgender Studies.

We believe that the history of pioneering trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit activists and the work they have done on behalf of their communities must be preserved. The Transgender Archives is actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations that have worked for the betterment of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria Libraries is open to the public, faculty, students, and scholars free of charge.

The Chair in Transgender Studies encompasses the Chair holder, visiting academic and community-based scholars, graduate students, and staff. We are closely associated with the Transgender Archives, founded by the Chair who now also serves as the Academic Director of the Transgender Archives.

Dr. Aaron Devor

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.

Michael Radmacher

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