Ann Travers

Associate Professor of Sociology

Education

  • PhD (Sociology) University of Oregon
  • MA (Sociology) University of British Columbia
  • BA (Hons) Political Science, Simon Fraser University

Biography

Dr. Ann Travers is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.  Their recent book, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution, situates trans kids in Canada and the US, white settler nations characterized by significant social inequality.  They are also the Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant titled ”Gender Vectors of the GVA: using video game technology to assess social safety nets for transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth in the lower mainland."  In addition to a central research focus on transgender children and youth, Dr. Travers has published extensively on the relationship between sport and social justice, with particular emphasis on the inclusion and exclusion of women, queer and trans people of all ages.  Such publications include “Women’s Ski Jumping, the 2010 Olympic Games and the Deafening Silences of Sex Segregation, Whiteness and Wealth,” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues; “Queering Sport: Lesbian Softball Leagues and the Transgender Challenge,” in International Review for the Sociology of Sport,” co-authored with Jillian Deri; and “The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice,” in Studies in Social Justice Journal.  Travers’ first book, entitled Writing the Public in Cyberspace: Redefining Inclusion On the Net, released in 2000, is an analysis of the ways in which equity of participation is inhibited in public spaces fostered by new information technologies.

Research Interests

Social theory (classical, feminist, queer and trans/gender); sociology of sport; children and gender justice; social issues and movements; gender and technology.

Awards

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Books

Transgender Athletes in Competitive Sports

Anderson, E. and A. Travers (editors), London and New York: Routledge, 2017

Editor, Journal Special Issue

  • 2013    Guest Editor, Special Issue on Transformative Visions of Sport, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, November.

Journal Articles – Refereed

  • 2016    Travers, A. and M. Shearman, “The Sochi Olympics, celebration capitalism and homonationalist pride,” Journal of Sport & Social Issues, online Dec 31, pp. 42-69.
  • 2015    Manning, Kimberley Ens; Cindy Holmes, Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Julia Temple Newhook, Ann Travers. “Fighting for Trans* Kids: Academic Parent Activism in the 21st Century,” Studies in Social Justice Journal, Vol. 1(9), 118-135.
  • 2013    Travers, A. “Thinking the unthinkable: Imagining an ‘un-American,’ Girl-friendly, Women- and Trans-Inclusive Alternative for Baseball,” Journal of Sport & Social Issue, Vol 37(1), pp. 78-96.
  • 2013    Travers, A. “Transformative Sporting Visions,” Journal of Sport & Social Issue, Vol 37(1), pp. 3-7.
  • 2011    Travers, A. “Women’s Ski Jumping, the 2010 Olympic Games and the Deafening Silences of Sex Segregation, Whiteness and Wealth,” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues,Vol. 35, No. 2, May, pp. 126-145.
  • 2010    Travers, A. and J. Deri. “Transgender Inclusion and the Changing Face of Lesbian Softball Leagues,” International Review for the Sociology of Sport. Volume 46, No. 4, December, pp. 488-507.
  • 2009    Travers, A. “Jackie Robinson’s Legacy and Women “Cross-over Athletes”: A Comparison of New York Times’ Coverage,” Open Sociology Journal, Volume 2, pp.30-41 (12). http://www.bentham.org/open/tosocij/openaccess2.htm
  • 2008    Travers, A.  “The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice,” in Studies in Social Justice Journal.  Volume 2, Issue 1, pp. 79-101.
  • 2006    Travers, A.  “Queering Sport:  Lesbian Softball Leagues and the Transgender Challenge” in International Review for the Sociology of Sport.  Volume 41, Number 3-4, September/December, pp. 431-446.

Book Chapters

  • 2016    Travers, A. “Transgender and Gender nonconforming kids and the binary requirements of sport participation in North America,” Child’s play: sport in kids’ worlds. Messner, M. and M. Musto, eds. New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2014    Travers, A. “Transformative Gender Justice as a framework for normalizing gender variance among children and youth,” In Meyer, E. & Pullen-Sansfaçon, A. (eds.) Supporting transgender and gender creative youth: Schools, families, and communities in action. Peter Lang: New York, 54-68.
     

Recent Media Interviews/Articles/Video Lectures 

Dr Ann Travers
SFU President's Faculty Lecture

Transgender Kids at the Crossroads: Impacts of Colonialism, Racism, and Poverty

March 14, 2019

Dr Ann Travers
The Assembled Transgender Child   

January 31, 2017

The Star Vancouver, Trio of recent wins making transphobia less acceptable, say experts, by Tessa Vikander, Fri., March 29, 2019

The Georgia Straight, SFU professor and author presents talk about how to support trans children, by Craig Takeuchi on March 14, 2019

SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series, Trangender Kids at the Crossroads: Impacts of Colonialism, Racism, and Poverty, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ann Travers participated in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies traveling scholars program in February 2019 and went to Terrace to do a public lecture and two community meetings about their research with trans kids. Here's a link to a video interview/news item http://www.cftktv.com/VideoVault and to a print story https://www.terracestandard.com/home/professor-advocates-for-change-in-conversation-for-transgender-youth/

The Early Edition, a radio interview with author Ann Travers' on their book The Trans Generation, about the lives of trans kids, how societal perceptions are changing and what challenges remain, with Stephen Quinn, June 12, 2018.