Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University

In his new book, Poor Queer Studies, Matt Brim repositions queer studies toward an explicit focus on poor and working-class people, places, and pedagogies by focusing on spaces not often considered by scholars in the academy, and outlines the ways in which the field has been driven by elite institutions that neglect and rarely serve poor and minority students. In so doing, Brim jumpstarts a queer-class knowledge project committed to anti-elitist and anti-racist education. Brim, an associate professor of queer studies at the College of Staten Island, will discuss the work with Paisley Currah, professor of political science at Brooklyn College, and founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Matt Brim is Associate Professor of Queer Studies in the English Department at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York; author of James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, and coeditor of Imagining Queer Methods.

Paisley Currah is professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and the founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. His specialties include transgender studies, queer/LGBT studies, and feminist theory.