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Biography of Jeanne Vaccaro

Performance Studies

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro
Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies, University of Pennsylvania


BA in Women's Studies and Sociology, Smith College
MA in Performance Studies, New York University
PhD in Performance Studies, New York University

Academic Interests

transgender politics; craft and material studies; feminism; queer theory


Jeanne Vaccaro works at the intersections of feminist art historical practice, affect, and queer theory. Her book project, "Handmade: the Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment," is an interdisciplinary study of transgender performance art and visual culture. In 2010 she edited "The Transbiological Body," a special issue of Women & Performance on transgender and queer reproductive ecologies. "Felt Matters," her essay about the handcrafted politics of Emmett Ramdstad's fiber artworks, will be published in The Transgender Studies Reader II (2012, Routledge). 

Jeanne maintains a creative, curatorial and activist practice in dialogue with her research and teaching. She is on the Editorial Collective of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory and organizes with the Movement Building Team at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.