Aaron H. Devor

Aaron H. Devor
Chair in Transgender Studies and Professor
Office: COR A367

PhD (Washington, 1990)

Area of expertise

Sex, gender and transgender

Aaron Devor, PhD, initiated and holds the inaugural position as the world’s first 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 an author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles and author or editor of five books, including two classics in the field of Transgender Studies. He has delivered more than 35 keynote and plenary addresses worldwide and won many awards for his transgender work, including the Virginia Prince Pioneer Award, a Canadian Association of University Teachers Equity Award, and awards from the University of Victoria for Outstanding Community Outreach, and for Advocacy and Activism in Equity and Diversity. He is frequently sought by the media for commentary and has appeared in many professionally-produced videos.

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 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 3M 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

Curriculum Vitae


ORCID ID number: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9037-5663



Wilson, M. & Devor, A. (Eds.)  2019. Glimmerings: Trans Elders Tell Their Stories. Victoria, BC: Transgender Publishings (231 pages).

Haefele-Thomas, A. & Devor, A. 2019. Transgender: A Reference Handbook, ABC-CLIO (384 pages)

Devor, A. 2016. FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. (454 citations). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (739 pages) 2nd edition

Devor, A. 1999. FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (720 pages) Paper edition.

Devor, A. 1997. FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press (720 pages) Cloth edition.

Devor, A. 2014. The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria Libraries (76 pages) (Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 15,000+ downloads).

Devor, A. 1989. Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality. (461 citations). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University (189 pages)

Recent articles and book chapters

Antonio, M., F. Lau, K. Davison, A. Devor, R. Queen, K. Courtney. 2021. "Toward an inclusive digital health system for sexual and gender minorities in Canada." Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, ocab183, DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocab183

Jacobsen, K., A. Devor, E. Hodge. 2021. "Who Counts as Trans? A Critical Discourse Analysis of Trans Tumblr Posts." Journal of Communications Inquiry, online first. DOI: 10.1177/01968599211040835

F. Lau, M. Antonio, K. Davison, R. Queen, A. Devor. 2020. “A Rapid Review of Gender, Sex and Sexual Orientation Documentation in Electronic Health Records.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. ocaa158, https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa158

M. Goldman, T. Butler-Foster, D. Lapierre, S.F. O’Brien, A. Devor. 2020 “Trans People and Blood Donation.” Transfusion, 60, 1084-1092.

Devor, A. 2020. “Foreword.” In Rob Sanders, The Fighting Infantryman, New York: Little Bee Books.

T. Poteat, K. Rachlin, S. Lare, A. Janssen & A. Devor. 2019. “History and Prevalence of Gender Dysphoria.” In Leonid Poretsky  & Wylie Hembree (eds.). Transgender Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Cham (p. 1-24), Switzerland: Humana.

Devor, A. 2019. “The Transgender Archives.” In Ardel Haefele-Thomas & Thatcher Combs (eds.), Introduction to Transgender Studies, Harrington Park Press.

Devor, A. 2019. “Foreword.” In Richard Adler, Sandy Hirsch & Jack Pickering (eds.), Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Guide, Third Edition (ix-x),  Plural Publishing.

E. Coleman, W. Bockting, M. Botzer, P. Cohen-Kettenis, G. De Cuypere, 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. Pfäfflin, K. Rachlin, B. Robinson, L. S. Schechter, V. Tangpricha, M. van Trotsenburg, A. Vitale, S. Winter, S. Whittle, K. R. Wylie & K. Zucker. 2018.  “Normas de Atención para la salud de personas trans y con variabilidad de género,” International Journal of Transgenderism, 19:3, 287-354

Devor, A. & L. Wilson. 2018. “El Rastro de la Historia Transgénero. El Archivo Transgénero.” In Lius Hernández Olivera & Lluis Esteve Caellas I Serra (Eds.) Memoria y Deseo. Sexo y Género en el Archivo [Memory and Desire: Sex and Gender in the Archives] (p. 45-63) Salamanca, Spain: Asociación de Archiveros de Castilla  y Leon.

Devor, A. 2018. “Foreword.” In Christine Burns (Ed.) Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows (p. xii-xvii) London: Unbound.

S. Pardo & A. Devor. 2017. "Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Identity Development" In Kevin L. Nadal (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of  Psychology and Gender (p. 1689-1692).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Devor, A. 2016. “Transgender People and Jewish Law.” in  Gerhard Schreiber (ed.), Transsexualität in Theologie und Neurowissenschaften. Ergebnisse, Kontroversen, Perspektiven [Transsexuality in Theology and Neuroscience: Findings, Controversies, and Perspectives] (p. 387-406), Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter.

Devor, A. & L. Wilson. 2015. "360" Analysis and Discussion in the Round: Radical Archives." Archive Journal, 5, http://www.archivejournal.net/roundtable/radical-archives-360/

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. 2012. "Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, Version 7." International Journal of Transgenderism. 13(4), 165-232. (2043 citations)