San Francisco, CA, with our elderly rescue kitty, Saoirse


Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA; ‘‘DOOR TO NOWHERE”

Research Summary

My publications have uncovered the intersections of trans/gender theory, theology and biopolitics, psychoanalysis of human sexuation, and the political ethics of “identity”. For examples, articles have looked at intercultural constructions of girlhood; the psychology of sexism; and prescriptive femininity in socialized education.

Female adolescence and gender normativity is my primary scholarly focus right now. Theology and subversive embodiment are recurrent themes in my work, with several articles focused on queerness, Catholic aestheticism, and dogma in Japanese and American cinema.

I’ve also published on topics related to Celtic independence movements, folklore, and twentieth century nationalist consciousness.

All that being said, I have not much interest anymore in pursuing academic and pseudo-academic writing. Let’s be honest: hardly anyone reads it. And there is no incentive to research and publish as an ‘independent scholar’.

All proceeds, royalties, and material benefits from my writing are donated to Stonewall Cymru, in support of the rights of all Welsh speaking trans folk.

Teaching Experience:
I lectured for courses in comparative literature, genre analysis, and feminist theory — especially psychoanalysis, new materialisms, and gender politics — for eight years.

I won a teaching prize and my evaluations and reviews were consistently among the very highest in the Faculty of Arts. My teaching portfolio includes a range of syllabi that have explored the intersections of religion, gender, and economy through comparative literature. The assigned texts demonstrated my distinctive experiences in approaching trans diversity and sexual difference — especially in relation to young adult genres and narratology — and always from the viewpoint of liberationist and revolutionary epistemologies and ethics.


Phillips Library, Salem, MA



Ancestral Recall: The Celtic Revival and Japanese Modernism.  Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. 472 pgs

Articles and Chapters

Who’s Afraid of Germaine Greer?” The Ethics Centre. Sydney, Australia. Ed. Matthew Beard. Online.

“Trig Reciprocal Functions: I’m a Trans Woman Adjunct Prof and I Use Trigger Warnings.” Anthologized for inclusion in “Currents: Feminist Key Concepts and Controversies.” Signs. Online.

 “ ‘There’s Minny a One in Ould Ireland’: Judy Plum’s Witchcraft of Irish Stereotypes and Storytelling.” Studies in Canadian Literature 38.2 (Summer 2014). 205-224. Print.

Reprinted. “Anne of Green Gables / Akage no An: The Flowers of Quiet Happiness.” In L M. Montgomery Reader Vol. 2: A Critical Heritage. Ed. Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2014. 350-370. Print.

“Transnational Necromancy: W. B. Yeats, Izumi Kyōka, and neo-nō as Occult Stagecraft.” In Occultism in the Global Sphere. Ed. Gordan Djurdjevic and Henrik Bogdan. London: Acumen, 2013. 203-230. Print.

An no shinjō [Anne’s Feelings]: Politeness, Passion, and Place as anime Paradox in Akage no An.” In Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, and Reconsiderations. Ed. Benjamin Lefebvre. New York: Routledge, 2013. 155-173. Print.

”New Halves, Old Selves: Reincarnation and Transgender Identification in Ōshima Yumiko’s Tsurubara-tsurubara.” Mechademia 7: Lines of Sight. (U of Minnesota P). 223-246. Print.

“Passion Plays by Proxy: Intercultural Christologies of the Paschal Face in the Works of Endō Shūsaku and Mishima Yukio.” In Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime: Trauma and Transcendence in Literature. Ed.   Holly Faith Nelson et al. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010. 329-346. Print.

“Occultic Inscriptions: The Modern Ghost-Tattoo in Japan, from Kyōsai to Horiyoshi III.” In Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Life. Ed. María del Blanco and Esther Peeren. London: Continuum  Publishing, 2010. 296-310. [Popular Culture Association’s Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection]. Print.

Arisu in Harajuku: Yagawa Sumiko’s Wonderland as Translation, Theory, and Performance.” In Alice Beyond  Wonderland. Ed. Cris Hollingsworth. Iowa: U of Iowa P, 2009. 199-217. Print.

Anne of Green Gables / Akage no An: The Flowers of Quiet Happiness.” Canadian Literature 197 (Summer 2008).  42-60. Print.

“Taneda Santōka: Translations and Critical Commentary.” Simply Haiku 5:2 (Summer 2007). Online.


The Kona Hotel, Holualoa, HI


IgnatianQ: Finding Q-munity. (Santa Clara University, April 2017).

“Catholic and Transgender: Affirming Theological Responses and Clinical Applications”. WPATH Presents: “The Inaugural USPATH Scientific Conference” (UC Los Angeles, February 2017).

“Breaking Slates like a Girl: Prescriptive Femininity and Embodied Gender”. L. M. Montgomery 12th Biennial Conference. University of Prince Edward Island, June 2016.

“The HRC as an LGb(t) Organisation.” Intersectionality Forum (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2014).

“Timelapsed Transitions in Full! YouTube, Trans Narratives, and the Cis Gaze.” Moving Trans* History Forward (University of Victoria, 2014).

“Satō Kayo, Trans Femininity, and Losstalgia.” LaConference (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2013). International Lacan Symposium.

“Akutagawa Ryūnosuke and the Translation of Fairies.” Hybrid Irelands (U of Notre Dame 2012).

“Beat Masculinity and its Female Buddhas.” International Forum on Environmentalism and Literature. (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2010).


“A Chat with an Ex-GenderCrit.” With Rani Baker for The TransAdvocate.

“La società e la Chiesa cattolica in cerca di risposte sulle persone transgender.” With Daniel Hitchens and Giacamo Tessaro for Progetto Gionata. December 2015 (in Italian, Italy).

“The Truth About Transsexuality.” With Daniel Hitchens for The Catholic Herald December, 2015. (UK).

“The Trans Women who Say That Trans Women Aren’t Women.” With Michelle Goldberg for Slate. December, 2015.


“Transsexuality and Catholic Theology.” With David Rutledge for the Australian Broadcasting Company (Religion and Ethics). September 2015. (Sydney, Australia)

“Trans and Catholic.” With Melinda Selmys for Patheos. August 2015.

“ ‘Matrix’ de dhushláin ag an Phobal Trasinsneach in Éirinn” [The “Matrix” of Challenges for the Transgender Community in Ireland]. With Méabh Ní Thuathaláin for Gaelscéal. February 2013 (in Irish Gaelic, Ireland).




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