Thomas J Billard (aka TJ) graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with an honors BA in political communication. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Annenberg and his research has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Frontiers in Psychology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Marketing Theory, as well as in several edited volumes.

TJ's research has two focuses. His first area of research is transgender politics, with an emphasis on the relationship between media and the transgender community and on the strategic communications of the transgender rights movement. His second area of research is on political branding and graphic design, with an emphasis on the networking of political brand communities and citizens' creation of political branding materials.

He is currently affiliated with the Civic Paths research group at USC and the Centre for Printing History and Culture in Birmingham, England.