Hilary Malatino is currently Assistant Director of the Woman’s Studies Program at East Tennessee State University. Prior to moving to Southern Appalachia, she was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Race, and Science in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Binghamton University in 2010, along with a certificate in Feminist Theory from Binghamton’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research interests include queer theory, feminist theory, science and technology studies, feminist ethics, bioethics, continental philosophy, process philosophy, and postcolonial/decolonial thought.
She is currently at work on a manuscript, tentatively entitled Sexing the Monster: Queer Corporealities, Biomedical Becomings, which examines queer corporealities, biomedical technologies, and the perpetual de and re-construction of social and political subjectivities that both generate and attend processes of gender diagnosis and assignation. In pursuing this line of inquiry, she deploys a genealogical methodology in order to track the divergent and often piecemeal accounts of intersex subjects found in biomedical archives, natural histories, and philosophical accounts (ranging from the early modern to the contemporary) in order to develop a deep, variegated, and textured tale of the epistemological shifts that have informed how queerly built bodies are construed within current biomedical practice. Her research also asks after what this genealogy might mean, in existential terms, for contemporary subjects diagnosed with one of the many Disorders of Sex Development, as well as those whose lives are shaped by and through grappling with other, closely related corporeal or psychosomatic queernesses, with varied trans subjectivities figuring chief among these. This project involves significant research in the archives of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, where she is examining the textual, political, and philosophical vicissitudes of mid to late 20th century sexological thought.
She teaches introductory, upper level, and graduate courses in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
When she’s not writing, teaching, or reading, she’s climbing rocks, backpacking, riding bikes, and running around with her dogs.