Cole Rizki


Office Hours: 
By appointment

Cole Rizki holds a B.A. in Spanish from Smith College and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral research develops a hemispheric theoretical framework for transgender studies through the work of Latin American theorists, performance and visual artists. He is currently co-editing a forthcoming special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly on Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Trans Studies along with Juana María Rodríguez, Mauro Cabral and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, and he coordinates Duke's Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies speaker series, "Transgender Studies and the Humanities." Research interests: transgender studies, Latin American studies, queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies and visual culture studies.

Received Grants and Fellowships:

  • Service Learning Fellow, Duke University, 2016-2017
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Portuguese language training, U.S. Department of Education, 2014-2015
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Fellow, Duke University, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright Fellow, Argentina, 2010-2011



  • Graduate Student Mentor, Duke Data+ Program, Summer 2016, National Transgender Discrimination Survey analysis
  • Mentored undergraduate team to produce visualizations of employmentpublic accommodation, and housing discrimination faced by transgender and gender nonconforming residents in North Carolina and the South 

Past Courses:

  • Introduction to Transgender Studies, Lit 190S, MF 3:05-4:15, White Lecture Hall 106