C. Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton, professor of English language and literature, joins the department and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, in which he is in residence. Prof. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout history. His research and teaching expertise include cultural theory, queer and transgender theory and history, Africana studies, performance studies, and popular culture.

He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (2017), winner of the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, Boswell Award in LGBTQ history, Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies, and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction.

He has published articles in the Black Scholar, the International Journal of Communication, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.

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