Cole Rizki

Cole Rizki holds a B.A. in Spanish from Smith College and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation, "Hemispheric Transgender Studies: American Transcultural Encounters and Practices," develops a distinct hemispheric orientation within the field of trans studies through the work of theorists, social agents, and cultural producers working across Latin America and the US. He is currently co-editing "Trans Studies en las Américas," a special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly  on Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Trans Studies along with Juana María Rodríguez, Denilson Lopes, and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López slated for TSQ  6:2 (Spring 2019). Cole coordinates Duke's Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies speaker series, "Transgender Studies and the Humanities," and sits on Duke's LGBTQ Task Force as the Chair of the Trans Subcommittee, generating trans inclusive policy recommendations for the university and affiliated hospital systems. 

Research interests:

Transgender studies, Latin American studies, queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies and visual culture studies.


Received Grants and Fellowships:

  • Service Learning Fellow, Duke University, 2016-2017
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Portuguese language training, U.S. Department of Education, 2014-2015
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Fellow, Duke University, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright Fellow, Argentina, 2010-2011


  • Graduate Student Mentor, Duke Data+ Program, Summer 2016, National Transgender Discrimination Survey analysis
  • Mentored undergraduate team to produce visualizations of employmentpublic accommodation, and housing discrimination faced by transgender and gender nonconforming residents in North Carolina and the South 

Past Courses:

  • Introduction to Transgender Studies, Lit 190S, MF 3:05-4:15, White Lecture Hall 106

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