Bio

I am an associate professor of women’s & gender studies and coordinator of the LGBTQ studies certificate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I study queer and trans family issues in Taiwan and in transnational contexts. Download my CV here.

Current Projects

Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan (2019, Rutgers)

My first book is an ethnographic study of LGBTQ+ family of origin relationships. It is based on fieldwork and interviews with queer and trans people throughout Taiwan and with a subset of their parents and siblings. To read more about the project or to order the book, please see https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/queer-kinship-and-family-change-in-taiwan/9780813597607.

This book received the 2019 Ruth Benedict Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology.

Queering Marriage Migration

This on-going project investigates how family and sexuality are constructed through processes of migration and citizenship. The project follows queer and trans individuals and couples as they navigate marriage-based immigration to the United States.

To get more information or to participate in this study, see http://amybrainer.com/immigration.