Erica Rand

Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Gender and Sexuality Studies


Art and Visual Culture

Pettengill Hall, Room 215

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 215


Erica Rand is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College, teaching courses on race, sexuality, and gender with a focus in queer and trans studies. She is the author of Barbie’s Queer Accessories, The Ellis Island Snow Globe, Red Nails Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure On and Off the Ice, and The Small Book of Hip Checks On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing. Other publications include: “Court and Sparkle: Kye Allums, Johnny Weir, and Raced Problems in Gender Authenticity” for the Athletic Issue of GLQ; an entry on “Hips” for the keyword issue of TSQ: The Transgender Studies Quarterly; “Five Outings in Queer Indirection and the Ingredients of My Undoing” in Liminalities (2016); and “The Proverbial Lavender Dildo in the anthology Queer Objects (2019). She has served on the editorial boards of Radical Teacher and Salacious and co-edits the series Writing Matters! for Duke University Press. She recently appeared in a 2022  episode of My New Favorite Olympian and a CNN segment on nonbinary figure skater Timothy LeDuc and their pairs partner Ashley Cain-Gribble. In a July 2021 piece for Global Sports Matters called “Skating Out of the Binary,” and a recent piece called “At the Ice Rink, My Feet End in Knives,” she describes her own current training in a gender non-conforming adult figure skating pairs team in the context of growing efforts to expand inclusion in the sport. She is the inaugural Faculty Fellow at the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL).