Julia Serano is a true Renaissance woman: a writer, performer, musician, activist, and biologist. She is best known for her books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (which Ms. Magazine ranked #16 on their list of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time) and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (which was a finalist for the 2013 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction). Her latest book, Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, was just released in November, 2016.
Julia’s other writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in magazines and news outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Bitch, AlterNet, Out, Ms., and Salon. Her books and essays are regularly used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer/LGBTQ studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and human sexuality courses across North America.
In addition to her writing and activism, Julia has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University, and spent 17 years as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the fields of genetics, and evolution and developmental biology. She sometimes writes silly, surreal, sex-positive fiction under the pen name Kat Cataclysm, and creates and performs noise-pop music under the moniker *soft vowel sounds*. More information regarding all of Julia’s creative endeavors can be found at juliaserano.com.