Toby Cason Beauchamp

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Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

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Toby Beauchamp is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses the critical lens of transgender studies on questions of state power, science, and technology, and on transnational flows of knowledge, bodies, and capital. His current book manuscript, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices, examines state uses of surveillance and security mechanisms to regulate gendered and racialized populations within and across U.S. borders. He is also developing new research on the transnational production and circulation of synthetic hormones in relation to gender nonconformity. Prior to coming to Illinois, Beauchamp was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and the Lionel Cantú Memorial Fellow in the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UC San Diego.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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


Book Contributions

  • Beauchamp, Toby. ""Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11." ." The Transgender Studies Reader 2. . Comp. Aren Aizura. Ed. Susan Stryker. New York: Routledge, 2013. 46-55.

Journal Articles

  • "The Substance of Borders: Transgender Politics, Mobility, and U.S. State Regulation of Testosterone.." GLQ 19.1 (2013): 57-78.
  • Beauchamp, Toby. " Expectations: Trans Youth and Reproductive Politics in Public Space.." Media Fields 7 (2013):
  • Beauchamp, Toby, and Benjamin D'Harlingue. "Beyond Additions and Exceptions: The Category of Transgender and New Pedagogical Approaches for Women's Studies.." Feminist Formations 24.2 (2012): 25-51.
  • "Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11.." Surveillance and Society 6.4 (2009): 356-366.
  • "The Limits of Virtual Memory: Nationalism, State Violence, and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.." InterAlia: A Journal of Queer Studies 2 (2007):


  • Beauchamp, Toby. "Surveillance.." Transgender Studies Quarterly . 2014.

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