Damien Hagen

MS Women and Gender Studies (2012), Towson Univeristy; BS Political Science (2009), Towson University

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Damien Hagen is a PhD student in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. Damien received his BS (2009) in Political Science from Towson University, and his MS (2012) in Women and Gender Studies from Towson University. Damien’s previous research has been interdisciplinary and focused primarily on trans identity and concerns. His master’s thesis focused on the use of gendered language between medical providers and trans patients.  He has spent the last four years as an adjunct professor in Women and Gender Studies and LGBT Studies at Towson University and Montgomery College.

At UMD, Damien intends to explore the intersections of trans embodiment experiences with science fiction and fandoms. He hopes to explore cultural production from within trans communities as well as representation of trans bodies and identities in material culture. His research interests include queer theory, embodiment, trans studies, science fiction, queer masculinities, camp style, queer and trans histories, and queer & kink sexualities.

Damien’s work has been published in the International Journal of Transgenderism, Feminism & Psychology, and Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.