Staff

Genny Beemyn, Director (they/them): genny@umass.edu, www.gennyb.com

Along with being the center director, Genny is the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse. They have published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic. Genny has written or edited a dozen books/journal issues, including A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014), The Lives of Transgender People (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Sue Rankin, and the anthology Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2019). Genny’s most recent work is The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, edited with Abbie Goldberg. They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQA+ College Students with Mickey Eliason for Johns Hopkins University Press. Genny is also an editorial board member for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.

In their not so spare time, Genny hikes and runs competitively, maintains a huge garden, rants about the political and environmental climate, road trips to Dar Williams concerts across New England, and obsesses about old Star Trek.

 

Hillary Montague-Asp, Graduate Assistant

Hillary is a Doctoral student in the Social Justice Education Program, with her M.Ed. from UMass Amherst and her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hillary has done research on the campus climate for transgender college students in Colorado; a study resulting in extensive critiques of the It Gets Better Project; research about how queer-identified, woman-identified people embody their fatness; and is currently pursuing a project on how gender (both sexism and transgender oppression) are taught as a part of social justice curricula in university classrooms, with a particular focus on the intentional pedagogical and curricular choices made when the topic of gender oppression is co-taught by black men and white women.

As a loud and proud femme, Hillary has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on body and fat positivity; misogyny in queer communities; oppression and privilege; and, race and racism in queer communities.

In her free time, Hillary loves talking about gender and queer theory, doing anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, napping), obsessing over her cat (Nola), watching any TV show featuring Gordon Ramsey, and creating music.

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