Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro is a scholar and curator of contemporary art and public practice. She uses archives to uplift movements of liberation that are both ongoing and historic. Jeanne co-founded the New York City Trans Oral History Project, a community archive supported by the New York Public Library. As the inaugural scholar/curator at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, she commissioned performances and organized exhibitions with artists including Arthur Jafa, Tourmaline, Julie Tolentino, and Xandra Ibarra.

Jeanne’s book in process, Handmade: feelings & textures of transgender, explores the felt labor of making identity and was awarded the Arts Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University under the mentorship of José Muñoz, and is Assistant Professor of Transgender and Museum Studies at the University of Kansas.