Gayle Salamon

Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gayle Salamon is Professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University.

Her research interests include phenomenology, feminist philosophy, queer and transgender theory, Continental philosophy, and disability studies. 

She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality(Columbia University Press, 2010) winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies.

Her most recent book The Life and Death of Latisha King:  A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia (NYU Press, 2018) uses phenomenology to explore the case of Latisha King, a 15-year-old trans girl who was shot and killed in her Oxnard, California junior high school by a 14-year-old classmate.  Her co-edited volume with Gail Weiss and Ann Murphy, titled Fifty Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2020.

She is currently at work on two projects: a manuscript on imagination, experimentation,  and ethics in mid-20th century phenomenology, and a monograph exploring narrations of bodily pain and disability in contemporary memoir entitled Painography: Metaphor and the Phenomenology of Chronic Pain.


book cover: assuming a body
book cover: Life and Death...