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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Assistant Professor

Cameron Awkward-Rich received his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 2017. Before coming to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he was a postdoctoral associate in transgender studies with the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. His research and teaching interests include trans/feminist/queer theory and methods; disability studies; contemporary American literature; and creative writing. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript, “Refuse: Maladjustment & Trans[masculine] Thought,” which brings together trans, disability, and affect theory to examine the politics and poetics of ‘bad’ feelings in transgender cultural production. Also a poet, Cameron is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016). 

Research Areas

Trans/feminist/queer theory and methods; disability studies; contemporary American literature; and creative writing

Publications

“Trans, Feminism or Reading Like a Depressed Transsexual,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42, no. 4 (Summer 2017): 819-841. [Winner of 2017 Catharine Stimpson Prize]
 
“The Fiction of Ethnography in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland,” Science Fiction Studies 43, no. 2 (July 2016): 331-350.

Courses Recently Taught

Reading Transgender
Junior Year Writing
Thinking with Feeling
Introduction to Trans Studies
Future of Rae/Sex/Sexuality