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Eric Stanley

Eric Stanley

Assistant Professor

Gender and Sexuality Studies
2033 CHASS Interdisciplinary Building
(951) 827-4843 (GSST department)

Research Areas

Trans studies, queer theory, postcolonial theory, disability studies, anarchism. critical prison studies


Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz.


Eric A. Stanley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Before joining UCR, Eric was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Along with Chris Vargas, they directed the films  Homotopia  (2006) and  Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology  Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex  (AK Press, 2011/2015)   which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals  Social Text, American Quarterly,  TSQ, and  Women and Performance.



Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, eds., Oakland: AK Press, 2011. (Revised and Expanded Second Edition, forthcoming, AK Press, 2015)

Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Decolonizing Transgender: A Roundtable Discussion,” with Tom Boellstorff, Mauro Cabral, Micha Cárdenas, Trystan Cotton, Kalaniopua Young, and Aren Z. Aizura, TSQ:Transgender Studies Quarterly 1:3, September 2014.
  • “Gender Self-determination,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1:1, May 2014.
  • “Introduction,” Zannegaar, special issue on "Gender, Torture and Power," issue 15, August 2013.
  • “Queer Love Economies: Making Trans/Feminist Film in Precarious Times,” co-authored with Wu Tsang and Chris Vargas, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory Vol. 23, March 2013. 
  • “Performing Gender and Sexual Liberation,” co-authored with Ryan Conrad and Chris Vargas, Aparté 2, May 2013. 
  • “Queering Prison Abolition, Now?” co-authored with Andrea Ritchie and Dean Spade, American Quarterly, March 2012. 
  • “Near Life, Queer Death: Overkill and Ontological Capture,” Social Text 107, Summer 2011.

Chapters in Books

  • “Critical Theory, Queer Resistance and the Ends of Capture,” co-authored with Liat Ben- Moshe, Che Gossett, and Nick Mitchell, in Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman, eds. Death and Other Penalties: Continental Philosophers on Prisons and Capital Punishment (in press, Fordham University Press). 
  • “Fugitive Flesh: Gender Self-determination, Queer Abolition, and Trans Resistance” in Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, eds., Captive Genders Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (Oakland: AK Press, 2011).
  • “Slow Boil: AIDS and the Remnants of Time” in Mattilda B. Sycamore, ed., Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (Oakland: AK Press, 2012).
  • “Marriage is Murder: On the Discursive Limits of Matrimony” in Ryan Conrad and Yasmin Nair, eds., Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (Lewiston: Against Equality Publishing Collective, 2010).
  • “Race Haunted, Otherwise” in Mattilda B. Sycamore, ed., Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Emeryville: Seal Press, 2006).


  • “Unsafe Space” book review of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christina B. Hanhardt (Duke University Press, 2013) in QED: A Journal of LGBT Worldmaking (forthcoming)
  • “Abolition and Trans Resistance” review of Orange is the New Black, Public Books, May 15, 2014.
  • “Armed Affect: Revolutionary Love and the Politics of Care” book review of Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground and Beyond, David Gilbert (PM Press, 2012) in The Abolitionist, Fall 2012.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

Tel: (951) 827-4843
Fax: (951) 827-6386


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