In the Conversation

Z Nicolazzo
Z Nicolazzo

Z Nicolazzo recently discussed his book, “Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion,” with Inside Higher Ed.

Nicolazzo is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education.

“I started my book with a discussion about my own identity for two reasons,” Nicolazzo says in the interview posted Jan. 24.

“First, researchers are never separated from our work, nor should we be. In fact, who we are may mediate our choices to research the populations and/or issues we research, as well as the ways in which we go about researching these groups/issues. This was certainly the case for me in that my coming into my trans* identity in my late 20s very much influenced my choice to study alongside trans* collegians,” he continues.

“The second reason I started the book discussing a bit of my own identity and experiences as a trans* educator is that we as trans* people don’t always see people like us represented positively through media.”

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