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Hilary J. Malatino

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Hilary J. Malatino

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy

Departments of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy

College of the Liberal Arts

Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

125 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 865-2714


Hilary Malatino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. They hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Feminist Theory from Binghamton University. Prior to coming to Penn State, they were a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University and Assistant Director and Lecturer in Women’s Studies at East Tennessee State University. 

Their research and teaching draws upon trans and intersex studies, critical sexuality studies, transnational feminisms, disability studies, and medical ethics to theorize how experiences of violence, trauma, and resilience play out in intersex, trans, and gender non-conforming lives. Their first book, Sexing the Monster: Intersexuality, Queer Embodiment, and Becoming (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming) examines the relationship between intersex embodiment, biomedical technologies, and the forms of subjectivity both enabled and constrained by the medicalization of gender non-conformance. Their current work places decolonial feminist thought, affect theory, and trans studies in dialogue to investigate the investment of popular and scholarly accounts of gender transition in neo-colonial understandings of gendered embodiment.

You can find their work in TSQ, Rhizomes, the Journal of Medical Humanities, and Angelaki, as well as in multiple edited volumes.