Biography

In my research, I work to meld processes of embodied performativity and affect, such as trans/gendering and racialization, with postcolonial and social movement historical studies. I consider these intersections both in my own work and as historiographic methods within the field of 20th c. U.S. history more broadly.

Education

M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., DePaul University

Field

  • United States History

MA Title

  • “Welcomed to the Spectacle: Looking at the Working Class, the Self-acting Machines, and the Indian Court at the Great Exhibition of 1851”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Queer Intimacies, Nonviolence, and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement”

Selected Publications

  • “Challenging Dissemblance in Pauli Murray Historiography, Sketching a History of the Trans New Negro,” Journal of African American History, 104 (2019).
  • Fisher, Simon, Ido Katri, and Rasheedah Phillips, eds., Somatechnics – Trans Temporalities [special issue], 7.1 (2017).
  • Fisher, Simon, Ido Katri, and Rasheedah Phillips, “Introduction: Trans Temporalities,” Somatechnics – Trans Temporalities [special issue], 7.1 (2017).
  • Review of The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, by Patricia Bell Scott, QED, 3.3 (2017).
  • “Pauli Murray’s Peter Panic: Perspectives from the Margins of Race and Gender in Jim Crow America,” Transgender Studies Quarterly, 3.1 (2016).
  • Review of Our Minds on Freedom: Women and the Struggle for Black Equality in Louisiana, 1924-1967, by Shannon Frystak, The Coordinating Council for Women in History Newsletter, 46.2 (May 2015): 12-13.
  • Johnson, S., C. Hommerding, S. Fisher, and J. Lanner-Cusin, “Queer Wests: A Historiographical Conversation.” Western History Association Newsletter, Spring 2013.

Awards

  • Vilas Conference Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellowship, Finalist
  • Vilas Research Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • George L. Mosse Graduate Fellowship in LGBT History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • History Department Pre-dissertator Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Department Dissertator Research Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
  • LGBT Campus Center Fund, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Affiliation

  • Organization of American Historians – 2014-present
  • Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality – 2015-present
  • Canadian Committee on Women’s History – 2015-present

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 102 – U.S. History, 1865-Present
  • History 160 – Asian-American History: Migration and Dislocation
  • FCS Writing Skills Initiative, Ryerson University (Toronto)

Courses Taught as TA

  • Writing Skills Initiative (2015-present)
    Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Service
  • JUS 362 – LGBT Issues and Politics (2011)
    Northeastern Illinois University (Adjunct Professor)
  • ENG 098 “Foundational Writing” 2010-2011
    Chicago City Colleges – Daley College (Adjunct Professor)
  • 25 Years of U.S. Feminism (2009)
    Chicago Freedom School (Instructor)