An exploration of trans* kinship as a strategy for student success

Z. Nicolazzo, Erich N. Pitcher, Kristen A. Renn, Michael Woodford

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Although the notion of queer kinship has been well discussed within literature on queer individuals, it has not been used as a lens to make sense of how trans* college students successfully navigate rigidly gender dichotomous collegiate environments. Using interview data from the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success, this study explores the narratives of 18 trans* students concerning their experiences of success in college and the role of queer kinship in supporting their success. Analysis documented three domains of kinship (i.e. material, virtual, and affective), which promoted students’ success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-319
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 16 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Transgender
  • kinship
  • qualitative research
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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