Bobby Noble

for coming to Crossroads 2012!

Dr. Bobby Noble is Associate Professor of sexuality, transgender studies, gender and cultural studies, cross-appointed to the Department of English; Sexuality Studies; and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University (Toronto, Canada). He is principle investigator on The Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project (2011 -2014), the first study of feminist porn to receive support through Canada’s nationally funded Social Science and Humanities Research Council. His most recent scholarship investigates the regulation of transgender citizenship through sex categorization on passport documents.


Book publications:

  • 2006, Sons of the Movement: FtM’s Risking Incoherence in a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape, Women’s Press.
  • 2004, Masculinities Without Men?, University of British Columbia Press.
  • co-editor, 2003,The Drag King Anthology, Harrington Press.

Recently published book chapters include:

  • 2009, Strange Sisters and Odd(er) Fellows: Trans Activisms as Anti-Racist Pedagogy”, in Margo Okazawa-Rey and Julia Sudbury (eds.), Activist Scholarship: Social Movements and Emancipatory Knowledge, Paradigm Publishers, pp. 149-168.
  • 2009, “Strange Sisters and Funny Boys In No Man’s Land: Still Thinking Sex Twenty-Six Years Later”, in Nancy Mandell (ed.),Feminist Issues: Race, Class and Sexuality. Fifth Edition,Pearson Education, pp. 110 – 130.
  • 2009, “Making It Like a Drag King: Female to Male Masculinities and the Trans Cultures of Boyhood” in Noreen Giffney and Michael O’Rourke (eds), Critical InQueery. The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory, Ashgate, pp.144- 169.
  • 2007, “Queer as Box: The Dildo Debates and Lesbian Representational Politics on Queer as Folk”, in Merri Lisa Johnson (ed),Jane Puts It In a Box: Third Wave Feminist Television Studies, I. B. Tauris/Palgrave/MacMillan, Ltd.
  • 2007, “Refusing To Make Sense: Mapping the In-Coherences of Trans”, The Journal Of Lesbian Studies, Special Issue: Lesbian Studies in the 21st Century, Vol. 11, n°1/2 and 3/4, pp. 167-175.
  • 2006, “ ‘Trans?’ ‘Butch?’ ‘Man?’: On the Political Necessities of Trans In-Coherence”, in Jay Sennett (ed.), Self-Organizing Men: Conscious Masculinities in Time and Space, Homofactus Press.
  • 2006, “Our Bodies are Not Ourselves: Tranny Guys and the Racialized Class Politics of Embodiment” in Krista Scott-Dixon (ed.), Trans-Forming Feminisms, Sumach Press.

Forthcoming Work:

  • (Forthcoming, 2011) “Gender Panicked: Trans Disciplined. Meditations on Feminist Fundamentalism”, in Diane Lichtenstein, Catherine Orr, Ann Braithwaite (eds.),Locating Women’s Studies, Routledge.
  • (Forthcoming, 2011), “Does Masculinity have a Race? Queering White Masculinities” in Nelson M. Rodriguez and John Landreau (eds.), Queer Masculinities: A Critical Reader In Education, Explorations of Educational Purposes.
  • (Forthcoming, Spring-Summer, 2011), “Boy to the Power of Three: Toronto’s Drag Kings”, in Ken Moffatt (ed.),Act Like a Man: Masculinities in Toronto, 1950-2008, Wilfred Laurier University Press, pp. 468-480.
  • (Forthcoming, Summer, 2011), “ ‘My Own Set of Keys’: Meditations on Transgender. Scholarship. Belonging” (Review Essay) in Feminist Studies.
  • (Forthcoming, 2011), “Beyond Bodies / After Borders: Female-to-Male Transgender Subjectivities and the Unruliness of Trans Embodiment” in Anne Enke (ed.), Gender/Trans/Gender: Transfeminist Perspectives Within and Beyond Gender Studies, Temple University Press.