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 contemporary culture with particular attention to sexuality, race, and gender–and, within these areas, to queer and trans sexualities and genders. Her writings include Barbie’s Queer Accessories, The Ellis Island Snow Globe, and Red Nails Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure On and Off the Ice. She has served on the editorial boards of the journal Radical Teacher and Salacious. 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 and the Ingredients of My Undoing” in Liminalities (2016); and “The Proverbial Lavender Dildo in the anthology Queer Objects (2019). With Lauren Berlant, Monica Huerta, Saidiya Hartman, and Kathleen Stewart, she is co-editing the series Writing Matters! for Duke University Press.  Her Small Book of Hip Checks On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing came out in that series in January 2021. 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 nonconforming adult figure skating pairs team in the context of growing efforts to expand inclusion in the sport.