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Graduate Student: Cole Rizki  

Cole Rizki
Office Location: 101 Friedl Building
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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, GLQ, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Visual Culture.

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.  

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


  • 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 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


  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • BA, Smith College, 2008

Research Interests:  

Cole's work engages the circulation of trans in contemporary culture where trans as prefix differentially constitutes transnational, transgender, transatlantic and translation studies. His work is informed by queer theory, performance studies, visual culture theory and collaborative artistic practice.

Recent Publications

  1. Rizki, C. "Latin/x American Trans Studies." Tsq: Transgender Studies Quarterly 6.2 (May, 2019): 145-155. [doi]

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