Aaron H. Devor

Aaron H. Devor
Chair in Transgender Studies and Professor

PhD (Washington, 1990)

Office: COR A367

Aaron Devor, PhD, initiated and holds the inaugural position as the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies. He is the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives, and Founder and host of the international, interdisciplinary Moving Trans History Forward conferences. He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles and three enduring books, FTM: Female-Io-Male Transsexuals in Society (2016, 1997), The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014), and Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989). He has delivered more than 20 keynote addresses worldwide and won many awards for his transgender work, including the Virginia Prince Pioneer Award, a national Equity Award, and awards from the University of Victoria for Outstanding Community Outreach, and for Advocacy and Activism in Equity and Diversity. His book about the Transgender Archives was also a Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

He is an elected senior member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and was chosen as a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He is Historian for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and has been involved in writing versions of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People since 1999. He is also overseeing the translation of Version 7 into world languages. Devor is a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), a national-award-winning teacher, and a professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria.


  • Transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people
  • Sex, gender, and sexuality



Devor, A. 2014. The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria Libraries (5000+ downloads).

Devor, A. 2016, 1997. FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Devor, A. 1989. Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University.

Refereed articles

Devor, A. 2015. "Trans* Bodies." In Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. First Edition. John Wiley & Sons.

Devor, A. 2014. "Preserving the Footprints of Transgender Activism: The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria." QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking, 1(2), 200-204.

Devor, A. 2014. "Transgender" (p. 221-223), "Phalloplasty/metoidioplasty" (p. 155-156), "Packing" (p. 135). In Michael Kimmel, Christine Milrod, and Amanda Kennedy (eds.) Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis. London: Lowman & Littlefield.

Devor, A. 2014. "Family Man." In (Eds.) Zander Keig and Mitch Kellaway. Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves (p. 75-84). Stanislaus, CA: Transgress

Devor, A. 2014. "Foreword." In (Eds.) Dan Irving & Rupert Raj. Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader (p. 3-4). Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.

E. Coleman, W. Bockting, M. Botzer, P. Cohen-Kettenis, G. DeCuypere, J. Feldman, L. Fraser, J. Green, G. Knudson, W.J. Meyer, S. Monstrey, R.K. Adler, G.R. Brown, A.H.Devor, R. Ehrbar, R. Ettner, E. Eyler, R. Garofalo, D.H. Karasic, A.I. Lev, G. Mayer, H. Meyer-Bahlburg, B.P. Hall, F. Pfaefflin, K. Rachlin, B. Robinson, L.S. Schechter, V. Tangpricha, M. van Trotsenburg, A. Vitale, S. Winter, S. Whittle, K.R. Wylie & K. Zucker. 2011. "Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, Version 7." International Journal of Transgenderism. 13(4), 165-232. (185+ citations)

Devor, A. 2010. "Narrow Bridge." In Noach Dzmura (Ed.) Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community (p. 93-97). Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Devor, A. 2010. "Learned Along the Way." In Megan Rohrer & Zander Keig (Eds.), Letters to My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (p. 46-59). San Francisco, CA: Wilgefortis.

N. Matte, A. Devor, & T. Vladicka. 2009. "Nomenclature in the Standards of Care of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Background and Recommendations." International Journal of Transgenderism, 11(1): 42-52.

Devor, A. & N. Matte. 2007. "Building a Better World for Transpeople: Reed Erickson and the Erickson Educational Foundation." International Journal of Transgenderism, 10 (1): 47-68.

Devor, A. 2004. "Witnessing and Mirroring: A Fourteen-Stage Model of Transsexual Identity Formation." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 8 (1/2): 41-67.

Devor, A. & N. Matte. 2004. "ONE Inc. and Reed Erickson: The Uneasy Collaboration of Gay and Trans Activism, 1964-2003." GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, 10(2): 179-209.