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Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion

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With recent estimates of the trans* population in the United States showing three to six times as many trans* people under the age of 18 as there are over the age of 18, the work Z Nicolazzo undertakes in this book should be required reading for educators at every level of instruction. Gender is changing in ways we can scarcely comprehend, and millions of students already ...more
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Published November 29th 2016 by Stylus Publishing (VA)
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars because it is really good. However, I do need to point out that it is written for a very an audience of campus professionals, not something you are going to pick up for a bit of light reading. However, if you have an interest in the topic, I highly recommend it (not only because the company I work for published it, mind you). The author is trans* and the book reports on a critical collaborative ethnography, in which the author works with a small group of trans* folk on a ...more
David Ernst
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This account was very well written and investigated. Keeping it in context of the study size and length, Z was able to extract some very interesting responses from the students at CU and to extrapolate very interesting connections and departures. This should definitely sit on the bookshelf at the ready for SA professionals as the trans* population's role on college campuses becomes increasing salient and evident. ...more
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
An insightful ethnography on transgender college students, their varied perspectives and identities, and how those of us with any power in the system can do better.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Detailed but easy to read.
An excellent and thought-provoking book based on Nicolazzo's case studies with various students (in the US) from hir dissertation.
Really liked the chapter on 'Compulsory heterogenderism'.
Ties in with work from Butler, Stryker, Hines, and Pearce.
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Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I loved it. I would recommend to trans people in college wanting to relate about experiences they've had. Of course, I'd love if educators and other school faculty read it. ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource that I read during my lunch breaks at work. I enjoyed the narrative approach and learned so much about the lives of trans* students on campus through their stories. I also appreciated Nicolazzo's definition and exploration of resilience as a verb. Nicolazzo used the phrase "practicing resiliency," which spoke to me as I have seen the navigation of resilience be dependent on context and level of safety. These are all concepts I think about on a regular basis and I appreciate Ni ...more
Maggie Bolden
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best and most educational book I have EVER read, about anything but especially about trans* and queer subjects. I developed a much deeper understanding and feel like I can engage in proper discourse and justice around this topic now. I am so thankful for Nicolazzo’s work. MUST READ if you work in higher education but honestly if you even just wanna be a decent human being. 10000/10.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
As a trans student currently trying to navigate university and academia, this book was a breath of fresh air. Many of the issues that the book brought up were relevant to me and seeing how other people dealt with them was both helpful and encouraging. As an anthropological study, I really enjoyed it.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great introductory book for folks looking to learn more about trans* identities. The author makes the conversation approachable and works to help people who don’t know much about the topic understand. The qualitative data is very interesting and engaging.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The methodology and analysis leave something to be desired, but it contains important ethnographic data about an underserved community: trans collegians.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book for my HIED 820: The College Student course. It is a critical collaborative ethnography of trans* students on a college campus. Nicolazzo is trans*, which I think brings a unique perspective to the study. The ways in which trans* students experience both the explicit and implicit aspects of college life is deeply important and not something that higher education professionals discuss often enough. As someone who does not know much about the trans* culture or trans* experience, I ...more
Libia Marqueza Castro
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Z Nicolazzo approaches the writing of this book with love and justice for not only the participants of this study, but for the entire trans* community. This book has further emphasized the personal and professional work I need to do in order to be a champion for trans* students and un-gendering spaces on a college campuses. As a queer, cisgender woman, I know there is A LOT of unlearning I need to do regarding gender and sexuality (yes, sexuality. I may be queer but I can easily oppress my own c ...more
Geoffrey Bateman
This study is a must-read for anyone—faculty, staff, or administrator—working in higher education today and who wants to understand the oppression that trans* students face on our campuses, as well as the powerful ways they practice resilience and create networks of kinship to survive. It’s a qualitative, ethnographic study that explores the experiences of nine trans* students on one campus. Nicolazzo takes their experiences and situates them within larger theoretical and empirical findings to g ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A vital resource as an administrator, especially, one who focuses on Orientation and welcoming all students to campus. Nicolazzo’s work not only provides foundational information, if that is what the reader needs, but by using the words of members of the trans* community it clarifies the myriad issues that exist: (in)visibility, binary gender discourse, and kinship. Once made aware of these issues the book makes some practical recommendations on creating a truly trans*-inclusive campus.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very educational. This book challenged some of my pre-conceptions and I am a better advocate for all students because of it. I definitely recommend the book but it is based on a study and as such it is an academic read more than a fun and engaging read.
AJ Ladner
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book because it gives me something tangible to give to others when engaging about what it's like to be trans* student in the higher education environment. This book is an imperative read for anyone thinking about going into or currently working at a higher education institution. ...more
Devon Boudreau
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Read for my gender in education class and it was great. While I understand Z's point of not defining terms for the reader it was a little frustrating for someone who knows little about trans* society and hope that this would be an amazing resource for me to develop as an ally ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically accessible in its language, this piece should be a mandatory read for all higher education professionals.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: student-affairs
Important book for student affairs practitioners and other folks who work in a higher ed context.
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Aug 01, 2022 rated it liked it
I could use some more ideas about how to help transgender students feel comfortable at college.
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