Clar Gobuyan

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2021-2022
PhD Student, Higher Education
Portrait of Clar Gobuyan
they, them, theirs

Clar is a queer, trans, first generation college student in the Higher Education doctoral program. An immigrant from the Philippines, Clar was raised in New Jersey and moved to California where they earned a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Sacramento State University and a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Clar has served in student affairs practitioner roles that addressed the needs of historically marginalized groups and international students at California Community Colleges. Their research interests include critical feminist studies, queer studies, trans studies, and post-colonial studies in the context of higher education. Clar studies structural transphobia and the reproduction of gender normativity in the eligibility criteria of transgender admissions policies at U.S. women’s colleges. Clar is a dedicated cat parent to their cats, Cielo and Nova, and they enjoy cooking, making playlists, playing chess, and video games.