Vanessa Fabbre

Assistant Professor, Brown School

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Fabbre’s research explores the intersection of LGBTQ issues and gerontology, focusing specifically on transgender and queer perspectives on aging and the life course. She teaches courses in social, economic and political environment, social justice and human diversity, and direct social work practice with older adults.


Vanessa Fabbre

Washington People: Vanessa Fabbre

In the years leading up to the unprecedented media coverage of transgender issues, Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor at the Brown School, began researching the intersection of aging and gender transitions. The decisions people make about transition, Fabbre says, are a window into broader social forces: racism, sexism, classism and more.
Vanessa Fabbre

WashU Expert: Whether or not it passes, South Dakota bill already impacting transgender students

South Dakota is poised to become the first state to require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their birth sex. The proposed law is already impacting the health and well-being of transgender Americans and their loved ones, said Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor at the Brown School and an expert on gender transitions, especially later in life.