Past Visiting Faculty

Anson Koch-Rein, Visiting Assistant Professor of GWSS and English, 2016-2019 

Anson Koch-Rein

Anson Koch-Rein holds a PhD from Emory University's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts with a Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation, “Mirrors, Monsters, Metaphors: Transgender Rhetorics and Dysphoric Knowledge,” introduces the category of ‘dysphoric knowledge’ to turn Gender Dysphoria from a pathologized diagnostic category into a conceptual tool to trace the rhetorical, affective, cultural, and political work of a recurrent set of transgender tropes. He is currently working on explicating the way dysphoric knowledge can be useful on the intersection of transgender and disability studies. He came to Grinnell after two years as visiting faculty at Middlebury College. At Grinnell, he is teaching classes on LGBTQ Studies, Transnational Transgender Studies, Intro to GWSS, and Race and Disability. More information about him can be found on his personal website

Elias Vitulli, Assistant Professor of GWSS and History, 2017-2018

Elias Vitulli

Eli Vitulli was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and History at Grinnell College. His scholarship examines the criminal legal system as an institution of social control and violence through queer studies, trans studies, disability studies, critical race/ethnic studies, and feminist critical analytics. His current book project, tentatively titled Carceral Normativities: Sex, Security, and the Penal Management of Gender Nonconformity, examines the history of US penal policies and practices regarding the management of gender nonconforming and transgender people from the early twentieth century to the present. His research and teaching focus on issues of social and institutional inequality and violence, intersectionality, and social justice. He teaches a wide range of courses in intersectional feminist studies, queer theory and queer of color critique, disability studies, trans studies, LGBTQ histories, and anti-racist queer and feminist histories of policing and the criminal legal system. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies, with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies, from the University of Minnesota.

The Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program has been fortunate to host several excellent visiting professors and postdoctoral fellows in recent years:

A.J. Lewis, Assistant Professor of GWSS and History, 2015-2016

A.J. Lewis

A.J. Lewis is a founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Project and a postdoctoral fellow in the Sexualities Project at Northwestern University.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Radical History Review, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Scholar & Feminist Online, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, and Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (MIT/New Museum Press).

Michael Gill, Assistant Professor of GWSS and Sociology, 2013-2015

Michael Gill

Michael Gill is an assistant professor of disability studies in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University.

He is author of Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency (University of Minnesota Press 2015) and co-editor, with Cathy Schlund-Vials, Disability, Human Rights, and the Limits of Humanitarianism (Ashgate 2014).

Kimberly McKee, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2014

Kimberly McGee

Kimberly McKee is an assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Studies and director of the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University.

Her book, Legacies of Gratitude: Logics of the Korean Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. She also is working on projects related to the experiences of women of color in graduate school as well as the impact of the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN) on the lives of adult adoptees and adoptive families.

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