Beans Velocci


history. sts. classification. uncertainty. queer stuff. trans stuff.

Image: An under-construction, roped-off museum exhibit including a poster about X and Y chromosomes, a ladder, and some blank panels on the floor in front of it.

I'm a historian of sex, science, and classification. Mostly, I'm interested in how socially-constructed categories come to be regarded as biological truths. My work is situated in queer, trans, and feminist STS; history of sexuality; and histories of science and medicine. I'm writing a book and some other stuff about it.

I'm an Assistant Professor in History and Sociology of Science and Core Faculty in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. See my CV for more info.

Contact me at or on Twitter @beansvelocci.