C. Jacob Hale is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Northridge, where he also directs the Center for Sex and Gender Research and is am ember of the Queer Studies Program’s Advisory Committee. Jacob earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Pitzer College (1981) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1985, 1988). In 1995, Jacob transitioned and sought tenure on California State University’s Northridge campus. The timing was risky, but Dr. Hale didn’t want to wait. “I could not imagine going through my tenure review and then telling my colleagues, ‘Guess what? There’s something I forgot to tell you,’” says Dr. Hale. Early in his career, his scholarship was in analytic metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science, but for the past dozen years he has worked in interdisciplinary transgender studies. Even picking up activism in transgender communities. His current research interests include Los Angeles area trans history, 1950-1990, and transgender self-constitution through text and photography.
The topics on which Hale is currently doing research include biomedical ethics and medical regulation of gender variance in the United States from 1979 to the present, transsexual autobiography, and Los Angeles/Southern California transgender history. In addition to teaching transgender studies, at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Hale teaches courses in critical reasoning, introduction to philosophy, philosophy and feminism, sexual ethics, and topics in contemporary philosophy. Hale’s trans studies essays have appeared in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Social Text, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and in the anthology Men Doing Feminism (edited by Tom Digby). He also recently published an extensive introduction to Richard F. Docter’s Becoming a Woman: A Biography of Christine Jorgensen. Some of Hale’s trans studies essays have been reprinted in The Transgender Studies Reader (edited by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle), You’ve Changed: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (edited by Laurie Shrage), Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice (edited by Jami L. Anderson), Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader (edited by Robert J. Corber and Stephen Valocchi), Sexualities in History (edited by Kim M. Phillips and Barry Reay), and in German in Outside: Die Politick Queerer Raume (edited by Matthias Haase, Marc Siegel, and Michaela Wunsch).