Tey Meadow

Tey Meadow

Assistant Professor of Sociology
+1 212 853 1341
Campus Phone: 
MS 3-1341
Department of Sociology
Office Hours: 
by appointment
606 West 122nd St, Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649,United States
Areas of Interest: 
Gender, Sexuality, Law, Classifications
Biographical Note: 

Tey Meadow’s scholarship spans the domains of law, politics, the family, sexuality and gender, with a specific focus on the creation and maintenance of social classifications. Her first book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty First Century, is a study of the first generation of families affirming and facilitating gender nonconformity in children. In it, she offers sociologists a new theory of gender, one that accounts for the intricate relationship between personal identities and social institutions. Tey’s other research examines the ways individuals negotiate social classifications, feminist and queer ethnographic research methods, ideas of collective pleasure and the relationship between risk and intimacy. Her previous work examined the operation of legal gender classifications, feminist ethnographic research methods, and the politics of family diversity in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her articles have appeared in Gender & Society, Sexualities, Politics and Society, Contemporary Ethnography and in a number of edited volumes. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming volume Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology.

Tey holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a PhD in Sociology from New York University. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, she was a Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in LGBT Studies in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University, and an assistant professor of sociology and women’s gender and sexuality studies at Harvard University.


Tey Meadow. 2018. Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: The University of California Press.

D’Lane Compton, Tey Meadow and Kristen Schilt Eds. 2018.  Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology. Berkeley: The University of California Press.

Tey Meadow. 2017. “Whose Chosenness Counts? The Always-Already Racialized Discourse of Trans*” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(8): 1306-1311.

Tey Meadow. 2014. “Child” Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1(1-2): 57-59.

Tey Meadow. 2013. “Studying Each Other: On Agency, Constraint and Positionality in the Field.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 42(4): 466-481.

Tey Meadow. 2011. “Deep Down Where the Music Plays: How Parents Account for Childhood Gender Variance” Sexualities, 14(6): 725-747.

Tey Meadow. 2010. “’A Rose is a Rose’: On the Production of Legal Gender Classifications” Gender & Society, 24(6): 814-837.

Judith Stacey and Tey Meadow. 2009. “New Slants on the Slippery Slope: The Politics of Polygamy and Gay Family Rights in South Africa and the United States.” Politics and Society, 37(2): 167-202.