Our Mission

The mission of the Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) initiative is three-fold:

  1. To support trans, non-binary, and intersex scholars in sociology
  2. To advance trans, non-binary, and intersex studies in sociology
  3. To increase public understanding of trans, non-binary, and intersex issues.


Guiding Principles

S4TJ is guided by the following principles:

  1. To institutionalize efforts to support trans, non-binary, and intersex scholars; advance trans, non-binary, and intersex studies; and increase public understanding of trans, non-binary, and intersex issues to minimize burnout and individual service, both of which disproportionately affect marginalized scholars.
  2. To collaborate with relevant committees, caucuses, and sections of ASA and other sociology organizations to minimize overlap and enhance S4TJ’s efforts.
  3. To attend especially to the conditions faced by the most vulnerable members of our community – namely trans, non-binary, and intersex scholars who are grad students, racial and ethnic minorities, disabled, and/or in contingent faculty positions.


S4TJ Chairs and Officers (2018-2019)

  • Co-Chairs: Laurel Westbrook and Daniel Laurison
  • Incoming Co-Chairs: TBA
  • Past Co-Chair: Eric Anthony Grollman
  • Liaisons to ASA Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People in the Discipline: Máel Embser-Herbert and Jaime Hartless
  • Social Media Coordinator(s): Jaime Hartless and Máel Embser-Herbert
  • Website Editor(s): Sam Scovill


Task Committees

The S4TJ Task Committees for the 2018-2019 ASA calendar year are:

ADVANCING TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX SCHOLARSHIP
Co-Chairs - Danya Lagos and Maggie Nanney
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ADVANCING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX ISSUES
Co-Chairs - bee coston and Cary Costello
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SUPPORTING TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX SCHOLARS
Co-Chairs - alithia zamantakis and Lindsey Wilkinson
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How to Get Involved

Members of the American Sociology Association who are interested in joining the Sociologists for Trans Justice initiative and/or serving on one of the three task committees are encouraged to contact Laurel Westbrook and Daniel Laurison at sociologistsfortransjustice@gmail.com.

If you teach a college course on a trans justice-related subject (e.g., transgender studies, trans embodiments, etc.) and would like to contribute to the #TransJusticeSyllabus, please submit recommended readings, films, other supplemental resource ideas, or even your own syllabi, to Megan Nanney (mnanney@vt.edu). We cannot guarantee that all suggestions we receive will be included in the next iteration of the syllabus, but we will give them our careful consideration.