Gender in American political institutions is simultaneously under-defined and over-determined. This talk will describe government efforts to reveal authentic gender identity and to control individuals’ gender presentation. Transgender and gender non-conforming people are subject to two sorts of impulses to fix gender – first, to pin it down, and then, to “correct” it. Using examples ranging from incarceration to healthcare to education to marriage and child custody disputes, we will explore the consequences of official identity declaration and will discuss the complexities of binary gender categories. We will talk together about how gender categories are defined and enforced.
* This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the Speaker:
Kiki Jamieson is President of The Fund for New Jersey, a private grantmaking foundation. Since it was created in 1969, The Fund has worked to improve the quality of public policy decision-making on the most significant issues affecting the people of New Jersey and our region. Its grant making advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems. The Fund focuses on a range of issues, including budget, affordable housing, education equity, climate change, immigration, criminal justice reform, and civil rights. Most recently, The Fund has launched a series of policy reports – Crossroads NJ – aimed to inform the public discourse in New Jersey.
Previously, Jamieson directed the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and taught in the Politics department at Princeton University, and before that at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Rutgers University. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study and her academic work has focused on in issues of discrimination and punishment related to gender identity and expression, with particular emphasis on the force of law felt by trans and gender non-conforming people in institutions ranging from prisons to marriage.
Jamieson is a trustee of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. She is a member of the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, and past president and trustee of the Princeton Public Library. She lives in Princeton with her spouse and children.
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