Understanding Embodied Stigma, Stress and Trans Resilience in the U.S.
Zachary DuBois (University of Oregon) IAS Visiting Fellow
Although trans, gender diverse and gender non-binary people are increasingly visible in popular culture in the U.S., political backlash and entrenchment in a strict gender binary continue to contribute to enacted stigma and violence. This talk examines trans experience through a biocultural anthropological lens focusing on how stress and stigma become embodied and explores ways to understand trans lives, transitional experiences and “biologies of resilience.”
Discussion moderated by Ines Varela-Silva
Dr. L. Zachary DuBois is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. He is a biocultural anthropologist whose research broadly examines social determinants of health and asks how our social lives become embodied impacting health and well-being. His aim is to contribute research that can help reduce health disparities, particularly among those most vulnerable to marginalization and social stress effects. His research contributes to further conceptualizations of gender/sex toward inclusivity of trans lived experience. He conducted The Transition Experience study to expand understandings of social and medical transition and is currently co-leading the multi-state Trans Resilience and Health Study to learn more about embodied experiences of people who identify as trans in different states and regions of the U.S.
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