Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality.
Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled "What's Queer About Queer Studies Now?" Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation.
Jack has been working in recent years to use digital media more in the classroom and received a grant last year from CET to implement a media rich assignment in SWMS 210. As a CET Fellow, my goal is to learn more about teaching in the age of digital technology and to try to figure out the meaning of connection in an age of social networking. Refusing to either lament the decline of print media or celebrate uncritically the rise of the digital classroom, I want to understand better what my students know and to build upon their knowledge base to create new modes of teaching and learning.