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 and intersex studies in the 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 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 (2017-2018)

  • Co-Chairs: Eric Grollman and Laurel Westbrook
  • Incoming Co-Chairs: Anne Marie Champagne and Daniel Laurison
  • Grants Coordinator(s): Lydia Dana and Cal Garrett
  • Liaison to ASA LGBTQ Status Committee: Anne Marie Champagne
  • Social Media Coordinator(s): Jaime Hartless, Jordan Forrest Miller, and Alithia Sky Zamantakis
  • Website Editor(s): Anne Marie Champagne and Jacob Alden Sargent


Task Committees

In the service of these guiding principles and mission, Sociologists for Trans Justice founding members and Co-Chairs Eric Grollman and Laurel Westbrook have appointed five task committees to carry out the S4TJ initiative.

The S4TJ Task Committees for the 2017-2018 ASA calendar year are:

ADVANCING TRANS AND INTERSEX STUDIES IN ACADEMIA
Co-Chairs - Jackie Tabor and Megan Nanney
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ADVANCING TRANS AND INTERSEX STUDIES AT SOCIOLOGY CONFERENCES
Co-Chair - Andrea Miller
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ADVANCING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX ISSUES
Chair - Piper Coutinho-Sledge
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SUPPORTING TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX SCHOLARS
Co-Chairs - Jordan Forrest Miller and Lindsey Wilkinson
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PROMOTING TRANS, NON-BINARY, AND INTERSEX INCLUSION AT SOCIOLOGY CONFERENCES
Chair - Emilia Lombardi
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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 five task committees are encouraged to contact Laurel Westbrook and Eric Grollman 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 Anne Marie Champagne (anne.champagne@yale.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.