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K. Allison Hammer

Senior Lecturer






  • PhD – English and Gender & Women’s Studies, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2017


  • 19th, 20th, & 21st century literature
  • Gender studies
  • Queer studies
  • Critical disability studies
  • Film and media studies
  • Feminism
  • Transgender studies
  • Political theory


K. Allison Hammer is an interdisciplinary, cross-genre scholar and cultural critic. They discover new connections between historical time periods and reveal the trace of the past in the present. Masculinity in Transition, their first monograph, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in fall 2023. The book developed out of new discussions taking place post-2016 on the wide-ranging, global effects of “toxic masculinity.” The book looks at this toxicity from a historical perspective and explores how its roots systems develop through and alongside racial capitalism and white political fraternity. Hammer takes a critical approach to masculinity as a complex gender formation that is tied to different embodiments, subjectivities, sexualities, identifications, and ideologies. The book promises to transform and transgender the field of masculinities studies, and to have a wide, redefining impact on gender studies, trans studies, queer theory, and political theory more broadly.