Carla A. Pfeffer
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina
Carla A. Pfeffer received her Ph.D. in Sociology (and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies) from the University of Michigan. One line of Dr. Pfeffer’s award-winning research focuses on intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, bodies, and family in the lives of women partners of transgender and transsexual men in the United States and Canada. In a second area of research, Dr. Pfeffer examines experiences of fat and size-acceptance advocates, American attitudes toward (and beliefs about) fatness, and their interface with various forms of social inequalities. Dr. Pfeffer has also been involved with collaborative research examining Americans’ beliefs about the potential genetic etiology of perceived gender, race, class, and sexual orientation differences, as well as their associations with prejudice against women, people of color, poor people, gay men, and lesbians. One of the goals of Dr. Pfeffer’s research is to shift critical studies of sex, gender, sexuality, the body, and LGBTQ communities from the margins to the center of social inquiry and analysis.
Pfeffer, C. A. (2016). Queering families: The postmodern partnerships of cisgender women and transgender men. New York: Oxford University Press.
Pfeffer, C. A. (2014). “I don’t like passing as a straight woman’: Queer negotiations of identity and social group membership. American Journal of Sociology, 120, 1-44.
Pfeffer, C. A. (2012). Normative resistance and inventive pragmatism: Negotiating structure and agency in transgender families. Gender & Society, 26, 574-602.
Pfeffer, C. A. (2010). “Women’s work”? Women partners of transgender men doing housework and emotion work. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(1), 165-183.
Pfeffer, C. A. (2008). Bodies in relation–bodies in transition: Lesbian partners of trans men and body image. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 12(4), 325-345.