Amy Brainer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program; Director, LGBTQ Studies Certificate Program
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Teaching Areas:LGBTQ Studies, Women's & Gender Studies
Research Areas:Family, Immigrants / Immigration, Queer Studies, Taiwan, Transgender Studies
Biography and Education
Dr. Brainer studies queer and trans family issues in Taiwan and in transnational contexts. Her first book, Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan (Rutgers, 2019), received the 2019 Ruth Benedict Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology. Her current research follows queer and trans individuals and couples as they navigate marriage-based immigration to the United States. At UM-Dearborn, Dr. Brainer is Coordinator of the LGBTQ Studies Certificate and teaches a number of courses in the program, including Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies (WGST/HUM/SOC 366), LGBTQ Religious Experience (WGST/RELS/SOC 388), Family, Sexuality, and Human Rights (WGST/ANTH/SOC 451), and Hope and Joy in Queer and Trans Lives (FNDS 1602).