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Katrina Rose and transgender people

Katrina Cordray Rose (born circa 1960) is an American legal historian whose primary field is an amalgamation of gender, sexuality and the law in the United States.

Rose is also a prominent critic of fellow historian Alice Dreger, whose exploitation of sex and gender minorities has been a major part of her academic career. Dreger, who presents herself as an “academic freedom” activist, tried to stop Rose from discussing problems with Dreger’s work at the 2008 National Women’s Studies Association conference.


Rose grew up in Houston, Texas. She earned her B.E.D. in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1987, her J.D. from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1998. She earned her Ph.D. in history from University of Iowa in 2018.


Rose KC (2018). Forgotten Paths: American Transgender Legal History, 1955-2009. University of Iowa.

Frye PR, Rose KC (2003). Responsible representation of your first transgendered client. Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 6, No. 57 (July), p. 558 ff.

Rose KC (2008). Go Ask Alice –  But Not About Transsexuals’ Lives and History: A Defense of the Right of Members of an Oppressed Class to Speak for Themselves. NWSA conference.