Moving past the Binary: The Importance of Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusion in Gender Equity Research


Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Hosted Online

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How can the field of gender equity research move beyond the categorical binary measurements of gender to include and amplify the voices and lived experiences of transgender and nonbinary communities? This panel will explore how researchers, practitioners, and community organizers can work to include all marginalized genders in the fight towards gender equity.


  • V Varun Chaudhry, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University
  • Dr. A.J. LowikGender Equity Advisor at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, Vancouver, BC
  • Dr. Sabra L. Katz-Wise, Assistant Professor in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Mia Miyagi, Ph.D. student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
  • Dr. Sari M. van Anders (Moderator), Canada 150 Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex; Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen's University
This event is co-sponsored by Harvard University's Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (OEDIB).


V Varun Chaudhry is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on gender, race, sexuality, and class in the United States. His research and teaching focuses on the circulation and institutionalization of racialized and gendered categories and logics in US-based institutions, primarily nonprofit and funding organizations. V's writing spans academic scholarship, organizational training materials, and public scholarship. His work appears or is forthcoming in GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Signs: journal of women and culture in society; Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ); American Anthropologist; Critical Inquiry; and The Foundation Review. V is the primary author of Transforming Inclusion: An Organizational Guide, which was published by the Leeway Foundation in 2018 as a resource for cultural organizations, foundations, and feminist and LGBTQ advocacy organizations to better include, support, and affirm transgender and gender nonconforming people. V is also the author of Out in Research: A Guide to LGBTQ Market Research, published by Suzy, Incorporated in 2021. V has also conducted community-based research with the Gender Justice Fund in Philly and the Trans Justice Funding Project.

Dr. A.J. Lowik (they/them) is the Gender Equity Advisor at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity in Vancouver, BC. They are a trans scholar and trans health researcher, having earned their PhD from the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lowik's work is primarily focused on trans and non-binary people's reproductive lives, health, decision-making and experiences accessing reproductive health care. Dr. Lowik is a renowned expert on trans and gender-inclusion, working with researchers, health care and social service organizations, lawyers and policymakers who are interested in ensuring that their research design and analysis, policies, practices, and legal reform activities are inclusive to those people are who marginalized and minoritized based on their genders, sexes and sexualities.

Dr. Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She also co-directs the Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative and she is a Senior Faculty Advisor for the BCH Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Katz-Wise’s research investigates sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health inequities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth. Her work has been funded by numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and the BCH Aerosmith Endowment Fund. In addition to research, Dr. Katz-Wise is involved with advocacy efforts at BCH and HMS to improve the workplace climate and patient care for LGBTQ individuals, including her role on the Queer Leadership Council for the Boston Children’s Rainbow Alliance and member of the BCH Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. She is also a Faculty Fellow in the HMS Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative.

Mia Miyagi (she/they) is a graduate student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a member of the GenderSci lab at Harvard. She is interested in how sex is conceptualized in the context of evolutionary biology, as well as how rhetoric about science is used in discussions surrounding transgender rights.

Dr. Sari van Anders is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen’s University. Dr. van Anders has published over 90 papers with research that sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, measure, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, especially within social neuroendocrinology and studies of testosterone. Dr. van Anders' work has been recognized with the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the 2014 Frank Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, the 2016 and 2020 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2019 George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology from APA Division 1, the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. van Anders has also been named one of 50 Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries from the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality as well as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. Dr. van Anders is committed to progressive transformation efforts for academic spaces and beyond.