What is discrimination?

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


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Articles + Book Chapters

Transgender sports bans raise an awkward question: Why categorize healthcare and sports by sex at all? The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post April 8, 2021

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.

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