Chris Barcelos

Assistant Professor

3414 Sterling Hall

Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae

I am a broadly trained social scientist and community-based researcher whose intellectual and political home has long been in feminist studies. My research uses ethnography, discourse analysis, and visual methods with the lenses of feminist science studies and queer of color critique to examine how scientific discourses in health promotion both reveal and reproduce inequalities along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and ability. I am affiliated with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and the Collaborative Center for Health Equity. I also work with the data team of the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition to promote data collection and dissemination that benefits the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people across the state.

As a scholar-educator, I aim to nurture public intellectuals who are moved to translate their academic knowledge and skills into meaningful change in their lives, communities, and workplaces. A commitment to critical pedagogy links my research and teaching and leads me to enlist students as research collaborators, de-centralize power in the classroom, and structure learning as a dialogic, reciprocal process. I encourage students to engage with me as an interlocutor, rather than an all-knowing expert.


GWS 103: Gender, Women, Bodies, and Health
GWS 449: Queer of Color Critique
GWS 533: Queering Sex Ed
GWS: 534: Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction
GWS 900: Research in Gender & Women’s Studies


Book Manuscripts:
Distributing Condoms and Hope: Race and Reproduction in Youth Sexual Health Promotion
(Under contract with the University of California Press, Reproductive Justice Series)

Journal Articles:

Barcelos, Chris. 2019. “Transfeminist Pedagogy and the Women’s Health Classroom. Feminist Formations 31(3): xx-xx.

Jennings, Linn, Chris Barcelos, and Kristen Malecki. 2019. “Inequalities in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health and Health care Access and Utilization in Wisconsin.” Preventive Health Reports 14: 1-7.

Barcelos, Chris and Stephanie Budge. 2019. “Inequalities in Crowdfunding Transgender Healthcare.” Transgender Health 4(1): 81-88.

Barcelos, Chris. 2019. “Go Fund Inequality: The Politics of Crowdfunding Transition-Related Medical Care.” Forthcoming in Critical Public Health

Barcelos, Chris. 2019. “Bye-bye Boobies: Normativity and Medicalization in Transgender Medical Crowdfunding.” Forthcoming in Culture, Health, & Sexuality

Barcelos, Chris. 2018. “Culture, Contraception, and Colorblindness: Youth Sexual Health Promotion as a Gendered Racial Project.” Gender & Society 32(2): 252-273.

Barcelos, Chris, and Aline Gubrium, 2018. “Bodies That Tell: Embodying Teen Pregnancy Through Digital Storytelling.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43(4): 905-927.

Barcelos, Chris, and Aline Gubrium. 2014. “Reproducing Stories: How Young Mothers Negotiate Dominant and Alternative Narratives on Teen Pregnancy.” Social Problems 61(3): 466-481.

Barcelos, Chris. 2014. “Producing Potentially Pregnant Teen Bodies: Biopower and Adolescent Pregnancy in the United States.” Critical Public Health 24(4): 476-488.

Gubrium, Aline, Chris Barcelos, David Buchanan, and Erika Gubrium. 2013. ‘“When Nothing Matters Things Just Happen’: Young Parenting Women’s Reflections on Caring, Health, and Justice.” International Quarterly of Community Health Education 34(2): 121-137.