Amy Brainer

Professional Title

Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Department

Women's Studies

About

Amy Brainer studies queer and trans family issues in Taiwan and in transnational contexts. Brainer's first book, Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan (Rutgers, 2019) is an ethnographic study of LGBTQ family of origin relationships. It is based on fieldwork and interviews with queer and trans people throughout Taiwan and with a subset of their parents and siblings. A second, on-going project investigates how family and sexuality are constructed through processes of migration and citizenship. The project follows queer and trans individuals and couples as they navigate family-based immigration to the United States after the end of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. More information about this study is available on Amy Brainer's website: http://amybrainer.com.

Research Interests

activism
ethnicity
immigration
LGBTQ
qualitative research
race
transgender
transnational