Toby Cason Beauchamp

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Toby Beauchamp is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and affiliate faculty in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His first book, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices (Duke University Press, 2019) examines the problem of visibility in trans politics, arguing that the scrutinizing of gender nonconformity is motivated less by explicit transgender identities than by the perceived threat that gender nonconformity poses to the U.S. racial and security state.

Prof. Beauchamp's new research brings trans studies into conversation with the environmental humanities to consider topics such as the transnational production and circulation of synthetic hormones, U.S. border patrol and ecological destruction, and the creation and maintenance of long-distance hiking trails. His writing appears in journals including GLQFeminist Formations, Radical History Review, and Surveillance & Society, as well as several edited book collections. 

Prof. Beauchamp was named a Helen Corley Petit Scholar for 2019-2020, an award supporting scholarship and teaching for early-career faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a Conrad Humanities Scholar for 2020-2025, which recognizes outstanding associate professors in the College. During academic year 2019-2020, Prof. Beauchamp is a Resident Associate at the Center for Advanced Study at Illinois; with his colleague A. Naomi Paik in Asian American Studies, he directs the CAS annual initiative on the theme of Abolition. When not at work, he most enjoys spending time outdoors, and is an avid long-distance hiker.

Research Interests

Transgender and queer theory
Transnational feminist cultural studies
Disability studies
Science and technology studies


Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Cultural Studies, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory
B.A., University of Florida, Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Women's Studies

Honors & Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2020-2025
Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2019-2020
Resident Associate, Center for Advanced Study, 2019-2020
Outstanding GWS Professor, 2017-2018
Lionel Cantú Memorial Fellow, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, UC San Diego, 2010-2012
Sylvia Rivera Award for best publication in transgender studies, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies at CUNY, 2009


GWS 100: Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
GWS 255: Queer Lives, Queer Politics
GWS 366: Feminist Disability Studies
GWS 470: Transgender Studies
GWS 498: Senior Seminar
GWS 590: Topics in GWS: Critical Disability Studies

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Research Output

Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices

Beauchamp, T. C., Jan 2019, Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 216 p.

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Beyond the “Pine Pig”: Reimagining Protection through the US National Park Ranger

    Beauchamp, T., May 1 2020, In : Radical History Review. 2020, 137, p. 96-118

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • In Security

    Beauchamp, T., Jan 2018, In : GLQ. 24, 1, p. 13-17 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Transgender Matters

    Beauchamp, T. C., Jan 2017, Gender: Matter. Alaimo, S. (ed.). Macmillan Reference USA, p. 65-77

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

    When Things Don't Add Up: Transgender Bodies and the Mobile Borders of Biometrics

    Beauchamp, T. C., Mar 22 2016, Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities. Martinez-San Miguel, Y. & Tobias, S. (eds.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, p. 103-112 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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