Timothy Gitzen is an anthropologist, a writer, a speaker, a teacher, and a queer activist. He is a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University’s Institute for Korean Studies. He received his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. His research examines the intersection of national security and sexuality in South Korea, interrogating the production and management of the “queer threat” through a national security matrix that proliferates other threat figures. Based on ethnographic dissertation research, this project seeks to challenge the political science-dominated field of security studies by analyzing national security through the experiences of queer and trans peoples and bodies in South Korea. He examines the treatment of queer and trans peoples and bodies as national security “threats” by the state and conservative Christian organizations as they bring queer and trans lives into relation with human and nonhuman “threat figures,” including North Korea, Muslims, and viruses. Simultaneously, he explores the sociality of national security paradigms as institutions of oppression and the way queer and trans activists move through them. This is the first anthropological study to explicitly analyze national security through queer studies, and one of the few ethnographies of national security “on the ground.”
n.d. “Ripples of Trauma: Queer Bodies and the Temporality of Violence in Contemporary South Korea.” In Queer Korea. Todd Henry ed. Durham: Duke University Press. Forthcoming.
- “Sex/Gender Insecurities: Trans Bodies and the South Korean Military.” Co-Author, Horim Yi. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly5(3): 376-391.
- “Bad Mothers and ‘Abominable Lovers’: Goodness and Gayness in Korea.” In Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices. Patti Duncan and Gina Wong, eds. Bradford, Ontario: 145-157. Link to article
- “Affective Resistance: Objects of Korean Popular Music.” International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies9(1): 5-36. Link to article