Tey’s scholarship spans the domains of law, politics, the family, sexuality and gender. Her current project, Raising the Transgender Child: Being Male or Female in the Twenty First Century, forthcoming from the University of California Press, is an ethnographic and interview-based book about the first generation of families with gender nonconforming and transgender children. In it, she offers sociologists a new theory of gender, one which accounts for the intricate ties between personal identities and social institutions. Tey’s previous work examined the operation of legal gender classifications, the evolution of transgender studies as an emergent literature, and the politics of family diversity in post-Apartheid South Africa. When not researching, writing or working with students, Tey can typically be found volunteering with various LGBT organizations, hanging out with a red-headed toddler, or talking about herself in the third person.
Prior to joining Harvard’s faculty, Tey was the Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in LGBT Studies at the Princeton Society of Fellows. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at New York University in 2011. She has served as a research assistant at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, a consultant for the Social Science Research Council, and a fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Tey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.
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