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Kadji AminDirector of Graduate Studies - WGSSAssistant Professor - WGSS

Kadji Amin was previously an Assistant Professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in “Sex” at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum (2015-16) and a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (2015).

He earned his Ph.D. in Romance Studies (French) with a graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University in 2009.

His book, Disturbing Attachments: Genet, Pederasty, and Queer History was published in September 2017 with the Theory Q Series at Duke University Press. The book deidealizes Jean Genet’s coalitional politics with the Black Panthers and the Palestinians by foregrounding their animation by unsavory and outdated modes of attachment, including pederasty, racial fetishism, nostalgia for prison, and fantasies of queer terrorism. By studying “archaic” queer attachments that resist the ideals of the present, Disturbing Attachments challenges Queer Studies to avow the history of its affective tendencies and to allow them to be unsettled and transformed by earlier modes of queer feeling. His second book project uses the history of transsexual science to rethink the priorities of transgender and feminist theory.

His research, which focuses on the disorienting effects of the queer and transgender past on politicized fields of scholarship, is published or forthcoming in GLQ, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Formations, Women’s Studies Quarterly, French Studies, Études françaises, and L’Esprit créateur. He is coeditor, with Amber Jamilla Musser and Roy Pérez, of a special issue of ASAP/Journal on “Queer Form” and is the “Books in Brief” editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.