Susan Stryker is professor emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, and holds the Barbara Lee Professorship in Women’s Leadership at Mills College, 2020–2022.
Dr. Stryker earned her PhD in U.S. history at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. She later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Yale University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle, 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle, 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge, 2006), The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (Routledge, 2013), and Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press, 2008, 2017).
She won an Emmy Award for her documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (ITVS 2005), and is also the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award (2006), the Ruth Benedict Book Prize (2013), the Monette-Horowitz Prize for LGBTQ activism (2008), the Transgender Law Center’s Community Vanguard Award (2003), two career achievement awards in LGBTQ Studies — the David Kessler Award in from the City University of New York’s Center for LGBT Studies in 2008, and Yale’s Brudner Memorial Prize in 2015 — and the Local Genius Award from Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018.
Dr. Stryker served for several years as executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco (1999–2003), and was associate professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University (2009–2011). At University of Arizona, she served as director of the Institute for LGBT Studies and was founder of the university’s Transgender Studies Initiative and faculty cluster hire. In 2019-20, she was a Presidential Fellow at Yale University. Dr. Stryker’s current work in process is Changing Gender: A Trans History of North America, under contract to Farrar Straus Giroux.