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Kando, Thomas

Thomas Kando received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1969. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the transsexual women who went through the University of Minnesota's transsexual surgery program in the late 1960s.

Interview Abstract
Thomas Kando discusses his education, why he chose transsexuals as his dissertation topic, his dissertation research, scholarly and medical work on transsexuality during the late 1960s and 1970s, and the transsexual surgery project at the UMN. He also discusses some of the transsexual women who went through this program, his work on transsexuality after receiving his doctorate, responses in academia to his doing work on transsexuality, Robert Stoller, the UCLA gender clinic, and the concept of passing.

Biography
Thomas Kando received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1969. He wrote his dissertation on the transsexual women who went through the UMN transsexual surgery program in the late 1960s. He has taught at California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Riverside; Penn State University; and other institutions. He recently retired as Professor of Sociology at California State University, Sacramento.

Transcript
TKando.pdf