Tey Meadow

Visiting Scholar

Tey Meadow is associate professor of sociology at Columbia University. She is an ethnographer of gender and sexuality, focused broadly on the relationship of social categories to intimate life. Her book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century, an examination of the first national networks of families actively facilitating transgender identities in young children, won the 2018 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.  She is also the co-editor of the volume, Other Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology. She has published in Gender & Society, Politics & Society, Sexualities, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Sociological Forum, Socius, Transgender Studies Quarterly, multiple edited volumes, and has written popular commentary for The Atlantic, NPR, The Washington Post, and others. While on leave and at IPK, she will be completing a new monograph, tentatively titled Edgeplay: the Erotic Life of Social Difference, which examines the co-constitutions of social classifications, power and sexuality in two different BDSM erotic communities. She holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a PhD from the Department of Sociology at New York University. Prior to joining Columbia, she was the Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University.

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