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Eli Erlick
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Feminist Studies Department
  • Affiliations Graduate Studies Division, Humanities Division, Feminist Studies Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Feminist Studies Library, 316
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  • Office Hours 1:20-2:20 pm
  • Mail Stop No Mailstop

Biography, Education and Training

Eli Erlick is a Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies, where she researches the transgender movement. Her broader interdisciplinary work focuses on contemporary transgender/queer studies, necropolitics, rural studies, self-determination, depathologization, suicide, youth politics, and neoliberalism. She received her B.A. in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with honors from Pitzer College in December 2016. She is also the director of Trans Student Educational Resources (, a national youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for transgender students, where her work emphasizes transgender youth activism, education, and media. Erlick co-founded the organization at the age of sixteen in 2011 while attending high school in rural Northern California. It has since grown to a national scale, hosts the only countrywide fellowship program for transgender youth, and has resources in thousands of colleges and universities around the world.

Erlick’s forthcoming publications include “Rethinking Non/Binary” (Stories for the Rest of Us, Columbia University Press) and “(Trans)forming Education: How Transgender Youth Are Leading the School Justice Movement” (Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in Schools, Routledge). She is co-editing Suicidal Remains and Resistance, an anthology on critical interdisciplinary perspectives on suicide. She has authored several model policies regarding transgender students and has assisted in writing and enacting them at dozens of schools, colleges, and universities around the United States. She is a Westly Foundation, Peace First, and Amaphiko fellow and has been recognized internationally by Glamour Magazine, NPR, and Teen Vogue alongside numerous other publications. Her work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times among dozens of additional outlets. You can learn more about Erlick at

Honors, Awards and Grants

• Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year
• Refinery29 30 Under 30
• Teen Vogue – "New Faces of Feminism"
• Peace First Prizewinner
• Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California Winner
• GO Magazine's “100 Women We Admire” 2017
• Trans 100 honoree
• Davis Projects for Peace winner
• Christine Daniels Memorial Scholar    

Selected Publications

Transgender Medicine: Depathologization, Organizing, and Practice
Journal of the Student National Medical Association – December 2014

Model Admissions Policy for Transgender Students at Women’s Colleges
Trans Student Educational Resources – April 2015

Transitioning and Teenage Activism
Critical Perspectives on Gender Identity, Enslow Press – August 2016

Comprehensive Model Policy on Transgender Students for Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Co-authored with Harper Zacharias, Charlie Kerr, Mya Worrell, Landyn Pan, & Alex Sennello – Trans Student Educational Resources – November 2016

Depathologizing Trans
The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Healthcare, Arsenal Pulp Press – November 2016

Trans Youth Activism on the Internet
Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies – May 2018

(Trans)forming Education: How Transgender Youth Are Leading the School Justice Movement
Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in Schools, Routledge – July 2018 (forthcoming)

Comprehensive Model Policy on Transgender Students for Two-Year Colleges and Universities
Trans Student Educational Resources – 2018 (forthcoming)

Rethinking Non/Binary
Stories from The Rest of Us, Columbia University Press – Winter 2019 (forthcoming)

On Rural Transgender Visibility
Representing Rural Women – 2019 (forthcoming)

Trans Students at Women’s Colleges
Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership - 2019 (forthcoming)

Selected Presentations

Critical Self-Determination: Trans/Gender Identity Formation 
Presented at the Trans*Studies Conference at University of Arizona – September 2016

Depathologizing Transgender Youth: Narratives of Identity
Presented at the United States Professional Association on Transgender Health Scientific Conference at University of California, Los Angeles – February 2017

Death in the Academy: Transgender Necropolitics, Commodity, and Higher Education 
Presented at Pedagogies of Dissent: The Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Chicago, IL – November 2017

Toward a Transmethodology
Presented at the Precarity and Possibility: Imaginings of a New Academy conference at University of California, Merced – April 2018

Identity Capital and Transgender Self-Determination
Presented at the Trans(form)ing Queer Symposium at University of Maryland, College Park – April 2018

Passing Time: Representing Rural Transgender Modernities
Presented at the Priors and Priorities: Conceiving Time and Other Bodies conference at Harvard University – April 2018

The Humanizing Politics of Transgender Healthcare
Presented at the Queering Care and Cure Conference at University of California, Davis – May 2018