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C. Jacob Hale
(July 30, 19?? - living) U.S.A.

C. Jacob Hale

Professor of philosophy


Hale received his B.A. in Philosophy from Pitzer College (1981) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1985, 1988). Hale chose to become a man and sought tenure on California State University's Northridge campus in the same year. The timing was risky. But Dr. Hale, a professor of philosophy, didn't want to wait. "I could not imagine going through my tenure review and then telling my colleagues, 'Guess what? There's something I forgot to tell you,'" says Dr. Hale, who made the decision to change sex in 1995.

After working in traditional analytic philosophy (metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science), he developed an interest in interdisciplinary transgender studies and activism in transgender communities.

The topics on which Hale is currently doing research include biomedical ethics and medical regulation of gender variance in the United States from 1979 to the present, transsexual autobiography, and Los Angeles/Southern California transgender history. In addition to teaching transgender studies, at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Hale teaches courses in critical reasoning, introduction to philosophy, philosophy and feminism, sexual ethics, and topics in contemporary philosophy.


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