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Fall 2015

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Eli Vitulli

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Narrative: Eli Vitulli is a doctoral candidate in American Studies with a minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. His research and teaching focuses on queer studies, transgender studies, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, the modern prison, US law, and LGBTQ history. His dissertation, "Carceral Normativities: Sex, Security, and the Penal Management of Gender Nonconformity" examines the history of the incarceration of gender nonconforming and transgender people in the US.

Educational Background

  • MA: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, 2009.
  • BA: Individualized Plan of Study (Gender and Women’s Studies), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007.


  • “‘A Means of Assuring the Safe and Efficient Operation of a Prison’: Administrative Segregation, Security, and Gender Nonconformity.”: Vitulli, Eli, Duke University Press, GLQ, 22 , 2016 (forthcoming).
  • “US Prison Industrial Complex.” : Vitulli, Eli, Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1: 1-2 162-164, 2014.
  • “Queering the Carceral: Intersecting Queer/Trans Studies and Critical Prison Studies.” : Vitulli, Eli, GLQ, 19: 1 111 - 123, 2013.
  • “Racialized Criminality and the Imprisoned Trans Body: Adjudicating the Right to Trans-Related Medical Treatment in Prisons.”: Vitulli, Eli, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order , 37, no. 1 53-68, 2010.
  • “A Defining Moment in Civil Rights History? The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Trans-Inclusion, and Homonormativity.” : Vitulli, Eli, Sexuality Research and Social Policy , 7, no. 3 155-67, 2010.


  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2013 - 2014
  • John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction Library and Special Collections, Indiana University, 2012
  • Block Grant Fellowship, American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2012, 2010
  • Mulford Q. Sibley Graduate Fellowship for Summer Research Support, University of Minnesota, , 2010
  • Vaid Fellowship, Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2007 - 2008
  • Gallatin Scholarship, New York University, 2007 - 2009
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