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Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Ann Vooris, and I am a researcher, writer and professor of Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Studies.  My research focuses on lgbt/queer families and parenting gender creative and transgender children. I am interested in how we think about children’s gender and sexuality, and the idea of the “queer child” as a way to disrupt normative views of childhood. I also write about the “anticipation work” that parents’ engage in as they try to understand their children’s various expressions, identities, and possible futures. I hold a PhD (2016) and Masters (2014) in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and just finished a Post-Doc (2016-2017) teaching LGBTQ Studies at UMD. This fall I will be teaching “International Women’s Perspectives” at Towson University, and working on my manuscript, “Life Uncharted,” a book based on my research with families of trans, gender-creative, and gay children.


On this site you can find more information about my research, my CV, and resources for LGBTQ youth and their families.  There is also a blog portion, where you will find my writing on a variety of topics, which often relate to the idea of the spaces in between–gender and sexuality, as well as cultural spaces, identities, age, life and death. To read more about what I mean, check out this post. I am also a poet, and the blog includes some of my poetry and thoughts about writing.

I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the rural landscapes and a childhood spent running around a 200 acre farm have greatly shaped my understanding of home, self and community.  With an English mother, and dual-citizenship with the UK, I also had a transatlantic childhood, and connect with the concept of being a “third culture kid” having grown up between two countries.  I graduated in 2009 from Bucknell University where I double-majored in Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies. I took a year off before graduate school, and conducted field work in Chiapas, Mexico on an anthropology project focusing on the Mayan village of Zinacantan.

For more information about classes that I have taught, please see my course blogs for “Women, Art and Culture” and Intro to LGBT Studies. 

Finally, the photos on the site have all been taken by me, unless otherwise accredited.


Hola a todes. Soy Jessica Ann Vooris, una investigadora, escritura, y profesora de los estudios de genero, y los estudios LGBTQ. Mi investigación enfoca en las familias LGBTQ, y la crianza de niñes transgénero y de género creativa. Me interés como entendemos el genero y sexualidad de les niñes, y uso el idea del “niñe queer” para romper ideas normativos sobre la niñez.  Escribo también sobre el trabajo de anticipación que hacen los progenitores cuando intenten entender el comportamiento, identidades y futuros de sus hijes. Tengo mi doctorado (2016) y maestría (2014) en “Women’s Studies” (Los Estudios de Las Mujeres) de La Universidad de Maryland en College Park, y justo termine un post-doc en los estudios LGBTQ en la Universidad de Maryland (2016-2017. Este otoño enseño una clase, “Perspectivas de las Mujeres Internationales” en la Universidad de Towson, y escribo mi libro “Una Vida Inexplorada” sobre las families con niñes trans, de género creativa, gais y lesbianas.

En este sito de web, puedes encontrar mas informacion sobre mi investigacion, mi CV, y recursos para jovenes LGBTQ y sus familias. (Estoy en el proceso de traducir todas las paginas de este sitio a castellano, por favor, tengan paciencia). Tambien, tengo un blog, donde encuentras varios temas cerca de la idea de “los espacios en la mitad,” tengo ensayos sobre genero, sexualidad, espacios culturales, identidades, la vida, y la muerte. Para entender mejor que significa “los espacios en la mitad” mira aquí.   También soy poeta, y mi blog incluye mi poesia y mis pensamientos sobre el proceso de escribir.

Crecí en el orilla este de Maryland, y el paisaje rural y un niñez jugando en una granja ha contribuido mucho a mi sentido de casa, identidad, y comunidad. Con una madre inglesa, y dos nacionalidades, tenia una niñez transatlántica, y identifico con la palabra “niña de cultura tercera.” (third culture kid). Gradué de Bucknell University en 2009, donde estudié “creative writing” y los estudios de género. Antes de matricular en Universidad de Maryland, hice trabajo antropológico en Chiapas, Mexico, investigando el trabajo de mujeres en el pueblo maya de Zinacantán.

Para más informacion sobre las clases que enseno, mira aqui: “Women, Art and Culture” and Intro to LGBT Studies.



  1. Hello Jessica! I am very pleased to meet you. I wanted to thank you for visiting Under the Oaks. Your comments led me to here and I have put you on my favorites and I would like to come back and learn more about you!

  2. Hey Jessica,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I followed you back to here and I like what I’ve read so far. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts and your background is quite something. 🙂

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