Carla A. Pfeffer (she/her)

Carla A. Pfeffer (she/her)
  • Director, Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health
  • Associate Professor - Tenure, Social Work; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology


  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Sociology
  • Affiliate Faculty, Center for Gender in Global Context


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Michigan


  • LGBTQIA+ Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • Health and Health Equity
  • Bodies and Embodiment
  • Sex, Gender, and Sexualities
  • Critical, Constructivist, and Feminist Epistemologies
  • Qualitative Methods


  • Pfeffer, Carla A. “Fat Activism and Beauty Politics.” (2021). In Maxine B. Craig (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics (pp. 167-175). New York: Routledge Companion.
  • Riggs, Damien W., Pfeffer, Carla A., Pearce, Ruth, Hines, Sally, and White, Francis Ray. (2021).“Men, Trans/Masculine, and Non-Binary People Negotiating Conception: Normative Resistance and Inventive Pragmatism.” International Journal of Transgender Health, 22(1-2):6-17.
  • Riggs, Damien, Pearce, Ruth, Pfeffer, Carla A., Hines, Sally, White, Francis Ray, and Ruspini, Elisabetta. (2019). “Transnormativity in the Psy Disciplines: Constructing Pathology in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and Standards of Care.” American Psychologist, 74(8):912-924.
  • Santos, Theo, Mann, Emily, and Pfeffer, Carla A. (2019). “Are University Health Services Meeting the Needs of Transgender College Students? A Qualitative Assessment of a Public University.” Journal of American College Health, 69(1):59-66.
  • Pfeffer, Carla A. (2017). Queering Families: The Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Augustine, Jennifer March, Aveldanes, Jose Martin, and Pfeffer, Carla A. (2017). “Are the Parents Alright? Time in Self-Care in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Two-Parent Families with Children.”Population Review 56(2):49-77.
  • Scherrer, Kristin, and Pfeffer, Carla A. (2017). “None of the Above: Toward Identity and Community-Based Understandings of (A)sexualities.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 46(3):643-646.
  • Pfeffer, Carla A. (2014). “‘I Don’t Like Passing as a Straight Woman’: Queer Negotiations of Identity and Social Group Membership.” American Journal of Sociology 120(1):1-44.
  • Pfeffer, Carla A. (2012). “Normative Resistance and Inventive Pragmatism: Negotiating Structure and Agency in Transgender Families.” Gender & Society 26(4):574-602.
  • Pfeffer, Carla A. (2010). “‘Women’s Work?’: Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72(1):165-183.


  • Editorial Board, Fat Studies
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Homosexuality
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Editorial Board, Sociological Forum
  • Editorial Board, Socius


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