Dr Jacob Breslow

Dr Jacob Breslow

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality

Department of Gender Studies

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Key Expertise
childhood studies; trans, feminist, queer, postcolonial, critical race

About me

My primary area of research is on contemporary U.S. social justice movements, and the ways in which the idea of childhood operates within and against them. Specifically, this work interrogates and thinks with Black Lives Matter, transfeminism, queer youth activism, and anti-deportation movements. My forthcoming book on this research, under contract with the University of Minnesota Press, is titled Ambivalent Childhoods: Speculative Futures and the Psychic Life of the Child. It interrogates these movements through four psychoanalytic processes and analytics: disavowal, desire, projection, and dream-work. Doing so, it establishes a new way of conceptualizing the usefulness of the “psychic life of the child” for enduring the complexities of the ongoing present.

My second line of research is on transnational and local sexual politics, and the conceptual and lived effects of ameliorating sexual harms. In this body of work, I have written on social media’s outsourcing of content moderation and the production of the digital life of coloniality; and on the relationship between #MeToo and homonationalism. I am also working with my colleagues on a new project titled Queer Accommodations and Displacements, which combines analyses of local and everyday acts of making or denying spaces for queer subjects, with examinations of the political and psychic landscapes of these spatial politics.



Expertise Details

childhood studies; trans; feminist; queer; postcolonial; critical race theories; psychoanalysis; social justice movements; sexuality and power; representation; cultural production; pornography; witnessing.


(2020) "Flirting with the Islamic State": Queer Childhood with a Touch of Sexual Politics. Comparative American Studies 

(2019) Adolescent Citizenship, or Temporality and the Negation of Black Childhood in Two Eras. American Quarterly. 71(2): 473-494.

(2018) Moderating the "Worst of Humanity": Sexuality, Witnessing, and the Digital Life of Coloniality. Porn Studies. 5(3): 225-240.

(2017) “There is nothing missing in the real”: Trans Childhood and the Phantasmatic Body. Transgender Studies Quarterly 4(3-4): 431-450.

(2017) The Queer Story of Your Conception: Translating Sexuality and Racism in Beasts of the Southern Wild. In B.J. Epstein, and R. Gillett (eds.) Queer in Translation. London: Routledge.

(forthcoming, co-written with Aura Lehtonen) Infantilised Parents and Criminalised Children: The Frame of Childhood in UK Poverty Discourse. In J. Horton, H. Pimlott-Wilson and S. M. Hall (eds.) ‘Growing up and getting by’? Poverty, Precarity and the Changing Nature of Childhood and Youth. Policy Press.

(forthcoming) “Precarity." In L. Pérez-González, B. Blaagaard and M. Baker (eds.) Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media. London: Routledge.