Cole Rizki

Cole Rizki


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Cole Rizki is a transgender studies scholar whose research examines the entanglements of transgender cultural production and activisms with histories of state violence and terror in Latin America’s Southern Cone region. His dissertation, "State Violence and Transgender Cultural Politics in Post-Dictatorship Argentina," provincializes US-centric histories of state violence, state formation, and identity politics that continue to underwrite the field of transgender studies. He is the co-editor of "Trans Studies en las Américas," a special issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly on Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Trans Studies along with Juana María Rodríguez, Denilson Lopes, and Claudia Sofía Garriga-López (TSQ 6:2, Spring 2019). His writing appears in TSQ and GLQ.

In addition to his scholarly research, Rizki coordinates Duke's Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies speaker series, "Transgender Studies and the Humanities," and sits on Duke's LGBTQ Task Force as the Chair of the Trans Subcommittee, generating trans inclusive policy recommendations for the university and affiliated hospital systems. He also serves on the Executive Board of Directors of statewide non-profit organization Equality North Carolina, working with North Carolina’s broader LGBTQ+ community. Rizki holds a B.A. in Spanish from Smith College and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

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Research interests:

Transgender studies, Latin American studies, queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, performance studies and visual culture studies.


Received Grants and Fellowships:

  • Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Bass Instructor of Record Fellow, Duke University, Fall 2018 & Fall 2019
  • 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


Past Courses:

  • "Introduction to Latinx Studies," Latino Studies in the Global South 201S, TuTh 10:05-11:20, Friedl 225, Fall 2018  
  • "Introduction to Transgender Studies," Lit 190S, MF 3:05-4:15, White Lecture Hall 106 (community engaged learning course), Fall 2016

Rizki, Cole. “Latin/x American Trans Studies.” Tsq: Transgender Studies Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 2, Duke University Press, May 2019, pp. 145–55. Crossref, doi:10.1215/23289252-7348426. Full Text