Mia Fischer

IMG_1177Mia Fischer is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver. Working at the intersections of critical media, sports, queer, trans and surveillance studies, her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, Sexualities, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Communication & Sport among other venues. Her first book project, Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State (University of Nebraska Press, Nov 2019) argues that the heightened visibility of transgender people in national discourse has occasioned a conservative backlash characterized by the increased surveillance of trans people by the security state, evident in debates over “bathroom” laws, the trans military ban, and the rescission of federal protections for transgender students and workers. Terrorizing Gender therefore concludes that the current moment of trans visibility constitutes a contingent cultural and national belonging, given the gendered and racialized violence that the state continues to enact against trans communities, particularly those of color. Her larger teaching and research interests revolve around questions of social justice, specifically how mediated visibilities of marginalized communities impact the material realities of those communities, principally in terms of their access to national belonging and U.S. citizenship. Mia also co-leads DFS Denver, a collaborative prison-pen-pal project that connects with folks all across the country through various forms of artistic expression – including but not limited to creative writing, poetry, drawing/sketching, and dance – as a means of empowering those who are subject to mass incarceration. Mia also selectively consults on issues of LGBTQ inclusive teaching and workplace practices. You can usually find her shredding some powder up at Abasin on a bluebird day. Questions and comments are welcome: mia.fischer@ucdenver.edu or @MiaFischer


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