Growing out of a series of discussions and gatherings over the course of more than two years, Bridging the Rainbow Gap is a collection of chapters and response essays that take up key tensions, gaps, and possibilities in queer and trans scholarship in education. Working across K-12, higher education, and other education disciplines, the authors in the volume take up themes of identity development, ethnography, young adult literature, queer joy, queer potentiality, ideology, emerging issues in trans studies, whiteness in queer studies, and futures in queer and trans studies. Collectively, the book serves as an invitation into generative conversations about what queer and trans studies are, what they can be, and what they might do in education.
Antonio Duran, Ph.D. (2019), The Ohio State University, is Assistant Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at Arizona State University. His research focuses on understanding how historical and contemporary legacies of oppression influence college student development, experiences, and success.
Kamden K. Strunk, Ph.D. (2012), Oklahoma State University, is Associate Professor of Research Methodology in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses research methodologies, especially critical quantitative methodologies, as applied to the study of queer studies and anti-racism in education.
Ryan Schey, Ph.D. (2018), The Ohio State University, is Assistant Professor of English Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia. His research examines literacy and language practices and social change in schools, focusing on LGBTQIA+ youth and the educators who work with them.
Kristen A. Renn Notes on Contributors
1 The Road to Bridging the Rainbow Gap: Unearthing Possibilities and Tensions in Queer and Trans Studies in Education
Antonio Duran, Kamden K. Strunk and Ryan Schey
2 Identity Development from High School through College: Considering Queer Adolescence across Contexts
Kaity Prieto and J. B. Mayo
3 The Beauty of Queerness: A Response to “Identity Development from High School through College: Considering Queer Adolescence across Contexts”
4 Queer(ing) Educational Ethnography within and beyond Schools
LJ Slovin and Ryan Schey
5 Blurring Ethnographic and Practitioner Research Methodologies and Affirming Queer and Trans Youth: A Response to “Queer(ing) Educational Ethnography within and beyond Schools”
Jen McLaughlin Cahill
6 Flipping the Narrative: Using Queer and Trans Young Adult Literature as a Form of Resistance
Cindy Ann Kilgo and Summer Pennell
7 The Way Is Queer: A Response to “Flipping the Narrative: Using Queer and Trans Young Adult Literature as a Form of Resistance”
8 Confessions of Whiteness in Queer Organizing Spaces
Kamden K. Strunk and Kachine Kulick
9 Sergio’s Letter of Confession: A Response to “Confessions of Whiteness in Queer Organizing Spaces”
10 Queer Joy as an Affective Incitement to Queer and Trans Studies in Education
Antonio Duran and Roland Sintos Coloma
11 Three Queeries: A Response to “Queer Joy as Affective Incitement to Queer and Trans Studies in Education”
12 “Watery Thinking”: The Layering of Queer Potential and Ideological Shifts
Stephanie Anne Shelton, Mollie V. Blackburn and Lindsey Allen
13 Water under the Bridge: A Response to “‘Watery Thinking’: The Layering of Queer Potential and Ideological Shifts”
Jessica A. Weise
14 Transgressing Educational Divides: Building Bridges between K-12 and Postsecondary Trans Studies
Justin A. Gutzwa and Bishop Owis
15 Abutments and Arches: Complicating the Bridges between and beyond Trans Studies in K-16 Education—A Response to “Transgressing Educational Divides: Building Bridges between K-12 and Postsecondary Trans Studies
Benjamin C. Kennedy 16 Bridging Possibilities and Imagining Futures in Queer and Trans Studies in Education
Kamden K. Strunk, Ryan Schey and Antonio Duran
Potential readers include students interested in queer and trans studies in education, as well as scholars engaged in queer and trans studies work.