Canada — Dr. Aaron H. Devor is professor of sociology at the University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. Devor specializes in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality in lesbian women, transgendered females, and female-to-male transsexuals.
Devor’s first book, Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality, coined the phrase Gender Blending, and examined the social construction of gender in society and its implications for the lives of females whose gender presentations mixed masculinity, femininity, and other characteristics to the point that their gender was not always recognizable to observers.
Devor’s second book, FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society, provides a detailed, compassionate, intimate, and incisive portrait of the life experiences of 45 female-to-male transsexuals and suggests new theoretical frameworks for understanding the interplay of gender, sex, and sexuality.
Current research focusses on Reed Erickson, a transsexed man and founder of the Erickson Educational Foundation, who was instrumental in bringing issues of transgender and gay rights into public awareness.
Aaron Devor studied psychology at York University, and after moving to Vancouver in 1975, he held a variety of jobs including portrait photographer and printer, as well as being involved in feminist, gay and lesbian politics. He zigzagged through studies in physics at Simon Fraser University, a master’s degree in communications at SFU, then a PhD in sociology at the University of Washington. After arriving at UVic in 1989, his academic ambition became clear: Devor moved from visiting lecturer in sociology through various levels of professorship and gained tenure, which ensures job security, eventually becoming associate dean of social sciences and finally dean of graduate studies.
Aaron has a reputation as a superb instructor, one of only 10 recipients in Canada of a 3M fellowship in 2000 that recognizes excellence in teaching as well as leadership and commitment to the improvement of university teaching. He received the 1995 University of Victoria Alumni Teaching Award, which cites the professor’s fairness, scrupulousness and innovative techniques.
Aaron and his wife and partner of 13 years, Lynn Greenhough, were united in a Jewish commitment ceremony ten years ago. As well as having the support of family and friends, the two are involved with Victoria’s tightly knit Jewish community.
Devor’s announcement of transition to manhood swept the University of Victoria campus, Canada in January 2003. Dr. Devor is a renowned public lecturer and has made numerous appearances on television, radio and in print media. Dr. Devor is available for research, consultation, and educational work concerning female or male transgendered or transsexual persons.
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