The ASA annual meeting is almost upon us! In our final pre-ASA episode, Derek chats with one of his own mentors, Dr. Carla Pfeffer, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina (Derek's alma mater!), about her book Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men (Oxford University Press), teaching conversial topics and issues, and some of the problems with traditional approaches to peer-review. Nothing like a chat about peer-review before thousands of sociologists gather in Philly, huh?
Carla's research lies at the intersections of sociological inquiry into contemporary families, genders, sexualities, and bodies considered marginal, as well as social actors' management of stigma and discrimination. Her book Queering Families, published in 2017, is one of the first deep explorations into the lives and partnerships of cisgender women married to transgender men. Her work has been widely published in the Archibes of Sexual Behavior, American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Journal of Homosexuality, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and many other academic journals. Currently, Dr. Pfeffer is working as the United States co-Investigator on the projvect, "Trans Pregnancy: An International Exploration of Trans Male Experiences and Practices of Reproduction" (w/ Dr. Sally Hines, Leeds University), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
In addition to her great work, Dr. Pfeffer is wonderful person, mentor, and colleague. You can follow Carla on Twitter!
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting - August 11-14, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.