Siobhan Kelly

Siobhan Kelly

Graduate Tutor
Ph.D. student, Religion

Dissertation topic
My research is located in the fields of trans studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. I am interested in analyzing representations of the body, with specific attention to the rhetoric and methods that appear in discussions of gender, sex, and sexuality in philosophical and theoretical discourse. My current work looks at melancholia and loss in relation to trans life.

Research methods:
I engage in textual, visual, and discourse analysis using tools drawn from feminist, queer, and trans theory; the psychoanalytic tradition (especially Freud and Louis Althusser); 20th century French thinkers Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault; and gender theory (especially Judith Butler).

Areas of interest:
I am passionate about working with and supporting students interested in transgender studies and queer theory across a wide variety of topics, including: gender theory; critical theory; performance studies; gender theory; sexuality studies; the study of religion; the work of Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Judith Butler; feminist theory; violence and its representation; theory and method in queer and trans studies.

Languages
French and German

Additional information:
Certified Massachusetts Rape Crisis Counselor; intermediate French reading skills. 

Preferred Pronouns:
They/Them/Their

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