Research

As an interdisciplinary scholar trained in communication and media studies, I work at the intersections of critical media studies, gender, queer, trans, critical race, and surveillance studies. My dissertation, Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State explored how media representations of transgender people are connected to the surveillance practices enacted against non-normative bodies at the hands of the state. By employing an assemblage of qualitative methods (including critical discourse analyses as well as ethnography) and primary sources (e.g., print and news media, social media, television series, legal and government documents, ethnographic data, and cultural artifacts), I interrogate the scrutiny transgender bodies encounter, both in the media and by the security state in order to argue that the Othering of transgender people becomes constitutive in determining who is included and who is excluded from the civil and human rights bestowed on U.S. citizens. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation research. Other research interests include critical analyses of the militarization of popular culture and sports. My larger teaching and research interests revolve around questions of how mediated visibilities of marginalized communities, particularly those perceived as gender-non-conforming, impact the material realities of those communities, principally in terms of their access to national belonging and U.S. citizenship.

For more detailed information please view Fischer CV June 2017.

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