I study discrimination and identity formation with the goal of puzzling out their complicated workings, while also highlighting the many organizations and individuals fighting against these forms of violence and ultimately for a more just, equitable world.



Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (NYU Press, June 2017)


The Ethics of Transracial Adoption (Cornell University Press, 2002)

Articles + Book Chapters

Translating Transgender “Erasure” in the Trump Era PhiloSOPHIA 9, 1 (2019) 142-143.

Why the ‘Transgender’ Bathroom Controversy Should Make Us Rethink Sex-Segregated Public Bathrooms Politics, Groups & Identities 16, 2 (2018) 199-216.

Checking a Male or Female Box to get into College, in LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader edited by Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess, and Christine Keating. New York University Press, 2017.

Why Testosterone Ranges Should Replace Sex-Segregation in Title IX Sports The Gender Policy Report, August 22, 2017.

How We’re Redefining Gender in the 21st Century CNN.com, Aug. 1, 2017.

Do We Need Gender? An Original Essay written for PowellsBooks.Blog, Jun. 6, 2017.

Let’s Delete Sex-Identity from Birth Certificates AEON Magazine, May 31, 2017.

What Trump Administration Doesn’t Get About Bathroom Access, CNN.com, Feb. 23, 2017.

An Argument for Reviving the Pragmatism in Early Critical Race Feminist Theory. Contemporary Political Theory 1, no.15 (2016): 98-105.

Sex Classification Policies as Transgender Discrimination: An Intersectional Critique. Perspectives on Politics 12, no. 1 (2014): 45-60.

The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United States. In Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges, edited by Françoise Baylis and Carolyn McLeod. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Race in America. Perspectives on Politics 10, no. 3 (2012): 752-54.

Theorizing Black Lesbians within Black Feminist Theory: A Critique of Same-Race Street Harassment. Politics & Gender 2 (2006): 57-76.

Navigating Race in the Market for Human Gametes. In Genetics: Science, Ethics and Public Policy, edited by Thomas Shannon, 115-30. Chicago: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

Racial Navigation: Imagining Nondiscrimination in Adoption.In Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays, edited by Charlotte Witt and Sally Haslanger, 247-64. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Racial Intimacy and Racial Politics: Adoption in the U.S. and Brazil. National Political Science Review 9 (2003): 76-86.

The Racial Retreat of Contemporary Political Theory. Perspectives on Politics 1, no. 3 (2003): 555-64.

Navigating Race in the Market for Human Gametes. Hastings Center Report 31, no. 5 (2001): 13-21.

A Race-Conscious Argument for Transracial Adoption. Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 6, no. 2 (1997): 385-408.

An Argument Against Ahistorical ‘Difference’ in Feminist Political Theory. Circles: The Buffalo Women’s Journal of Law and Social Policy 4 (1996): 2-9.