CJ Jones

Graduate Student

Specialization

trans studies, feminist theory, transfeminist sports studies, queer theory

Bio

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I will defend my dissertation, “Governing Bodies: Trans Politics, Embodiment, and Critique in Sports,” in June 2021. My dissertation considers trans politics related to sports as a lucrative site for identifying the ideologies at play among trans exclusionary feminists as well as for re-thinking classic trans studies arguments regarding gender and embodiment. My research adds to knowledge of trans bodies in the field of feminist sports studies, which is largely characterized by an assumption of an athletic subject who is cisgender, by asking questions of how sports co-constitutes (proper) cis personhood through its relation to trans deviance. Trans studies offers indispensable resources that challenge the assumption of a stable and knowable gendered subject in a variety of social locations, but sport is hardly one of them. My research demonstrates that following the zones of conflict that coalesce around trans bodies in sports can illuminate the broader stakes regarding trans materiality and how it is constituted, regulated, and reformulated. Doing so is crucial because trans studies has overlooked how sport affirms trans phenomena in some contexts while it also conjures centuries-old discourses of scientific racism and sexism in order to negate trans athleticism. The deployment of these discourses typifies the convergence between pseudo-science and transphobia as logics used to discipline and exclude trans athletes. 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles 

Forthcoming. “Unfair Advantage Discourse in USA Powerlifting: Toward a Transfeminist Sports Studies.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Vol. 8, no. 1 (February 2021). 

Edited Collections

Forthcoming. With A. Travers. “The Sports Issue.” A Special Issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Vol. 10, no. 4 (May 2023).

Book Chapters & Other Writing

Forthcoming. “Queer athletes and Reproductive Justice: A Transfeminist Sports Studies Framework” in Carly Thomsen, Queering Reproductive Justice (UC Press). 2023“

Jones, Chelsea. “Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality.”.” In Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives / G. Thomas Couser, Susannah B. Mintz, Editors, edited by G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz. Farmington Hills, Mich: Macmillan Reference USA, 2019.