Thomas J Billard (aka TJ) graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with an honors BA in political communication. His research has been presented at the annual meetings of the International Communication Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Sociological Association, among others. His writing has been
published in the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Communication, and he has several chapters forthcoming in edited volumes.

TJ's research focuses on transgender coverage in political media; the effects of transgender representations in mainstream media; graphic design in brand culture; processes of production and encoding in graphic design; and visual identity in political campaigns. He is currently affiliated with the Civic Paths research group.