Erica Rand is an activist, teacher and writer whose official job is Whitehouse Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  She serves on the editorial boards of the journals Radical Teacher, Criticism, and Salacious, a queer, feminist, anti-racist sex magazine (also writing/editing as one of the Salacious Advisors). Her writings include Barbie’s Queer Accessories and The Ellis Island Snow Globe. Her recent book, Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure On and Off the Ice (Duke University Press, April 2012), is grounded in participant-observation work in recreational figure skating.  She also chaired the Athletics Committee at Bates from 2008-2014, which, with the Athletics Department, created one of the first transgender inclusion policies in college sports to include recreational as well as intercollegiate activities.

Areas of focus:
– Sexuality, race, and gender in contemporary culture
– trans and queer studies
– feminist/queer sports and movement studies
– politics and practices of teaching

– anti-racism
– pleasure and sexuality: access, resources, production of
– migration studies
– culture- and theory-making in unexalted contexts
– pop-culture studies
– figure skating: practice, think, sparkle