Dr. Myrl Beam
Myrl Beam, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies specializing in sexuality, social movements, political economy, race, and critical theory. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, where his dissertation focused on the “non-profitization” of queer social movements. Myrl comes to VCU from Colby College in Maine, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He teaches courses on activism, queer theory, contemporary capitalism, race, and popular culture. Beam is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation that investigates how the expansion of the non-profit system in the US has impacted queer activism. Beam has published his research in the journal Scholar and Feminist and presented at national and international conferences. Alongside his teaching and research, Beam’s activist work centers on prison abolition, homelessness, and supporting the leadership of trans youth in movements for justice.