Issue 12.1-12.2 | Fall 2013/Spring 2014 / Guest edited by Janet R. Jakobsen and Catherine Sameh

About the Contributors

Abigail Boggs is the Associate Director of Graduate Studies for Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed her doctorate in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis in 2013 and is currently revising her book manuscript, Prospective Students, Potential Threat: International Students, U.S. Universities, and American Futures.

Lindsay Caplan is an art historian, educator, member of the Occuprint collective, and Arts Editor for The Scholar & Feminist Online.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Paris Review, and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Harper Collins will publish her memoir, Drawing Blood, in 2015.

Debanuj DasGupta is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the South Asia Studies Initiative at the Ohio State University. His dissertation “Racial Regulations and Queer Claims to Livable Lives” interrogates the intersection of HIV/AIDS and immigration regulation, along with the cultural politics of queer migrant activism in New York City within the past two decades. Debanuj integrates a mixed-method approach towards an analysis of trans/border travel of LGBT and Disability rights activism. He has worked for over 16 years across two continents in the “civil society sector.” Debanuj’s work has been published in The Scholar & Feminist Online, South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (SAMAR), make/shift, and the WhiteCrane Journal.

Hope Dector is the new media manager at the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Roderick A. Ferguson is faculty in the Departments of African American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the co-director of the Racialized Body research cluster at UIC. He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the University of Minnesota Press book series Difference Incorporated. Also with Hong, he is the co-editor of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011). In addition, he is the author of The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (2012), Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004), and numerous articles.

Reina Gossett is the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as well as the 2014-2015 Activist-In-Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Prior to joining the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Reina worked at Queers for Economic Justice where she directed the Welfare Organizing Projected and produced A Fabulous Attitude, which documents low-income LGBT New Yorkers surviving inequality and thriving despite enormous obstacles.

Janet R. Jakobsen is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard College, where she has also served as Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development. She studies ethics and public policy with a particular focus on social movements related to religion, gender and sexuality. She teaches courses on social ethics, feminist theory, queer theory, activism, religion and violence. She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics. With Ann Pellegrini she co-wrote of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance and co-edited Secularisms, and with Elizabeth Castelli she co-edited Interventions: Academics and Activists Respond to Violence.

Anne Jonas is the Program Manager at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and researcher and editor for the Barnard President’s Committee on Online Learning. Her interests include education, social justice, and social movements, particularly: how education functions in our society, how students’ experiences with educational environments do (and don’t) meet their needs, strategies for dismantling unjust systems, cultivating participatory and collaborative approaches to projects, and the role of digital technologies and the internet in all of these areas. She was previously a Project Director at the Participatory Culture Foundation.

Jesse Kadjo’s interest in social justice was not sparked from a college class or reading something revolutionary a philosopher once wrote. It was sparked when she realized there was something she could do about her job. She has worked at Loyola University Chicago, in foodservice, for over five years and in that time has felt a myriad of emotions: anger, resentment, confusion, distrust, happiness, humiliation, elation, and usually more anger. She has had some of the best, and worst, experiences of her life. The best moments have been taking control of these emotions and channeling them into action. She and her co-workers ran a union organizing drive at Loyola University Chicago over a period of ten months in a fight for dignity and respect.

Stephanie Luce is a professor of labor studies at the Murphy Institute, CUNY School for Professional Studies. She studies low wage work, globalization, and labor community coalitions. Her books include Labor Movements: Global Perspectives and Fighting for a Living Wage.

Rachel Mattson is a historian, educator, artist, and archivist. She holds a PhD in US history from New York University and an MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently serves as Manager of Special Projects in the Archives at La MaMa ETC and as the Archivist for Occuprint. Her writing has been published in the Radical History Review, the Movement Research Performance Journal, and the Village Voice, among other places. She is a member of Librarians and Archivists with Palestine and serves on the board of Circus Amok.

CeCe McDonald is an activist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a creative and energetic person who, before her life was so unjustly interrupted, was studying fashion design at MCTC. She had a stable home where she lived with and helped support four other African American youth, her family. CeCe’s family describes her as a leader, a role model, and a loyal friend. She is known as a wise, out-spoken, and welcoming person, with a history of handling prejudice with amazing grace. She is currently working with actress Laverne Cox and director Jac Gares on a documentary about her experiences.

Tami Navarro is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include Neoliberalism, Capital, Gender and Labor, Development, Identity Formation, Globalization/Transnationalism, Race/Racialization and Ethnicity, and Caribbean Studies. Her research has been funded by the Mellon Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Anthropological Association, and the Ford Foundation. Before joining Barnard as the Associate Director of BCRW and Managing Editor of The Scholar and Feminist Online, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Virgin Capital: Financial Services as Development in the US Virgin Islands which explores the effects of neoliberalism in the Caribbean.

Tavia Nyong’o teaches performance studies at NYU and is the author of The Amalgamation Waltz (2009). He also blogs at Bully Bloggers and is the co-editor of Social Text.

Ali Rosa-Salas is a cultural worker, friend and native Brooklynite. She is a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she majored in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a concentration in Dance. In 2013, Ali was granted the Almunae Fellowship from the Barnard Center for Research on Women to produce NO SUCH THING AS NEUTRAL, a symposium about the contributions of Flex and Lite Feet to the contemporary dance landscape that will take place at Barnard College on November 8th, 2014.

Catherine Sameh is Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on gender, Islam, and women’s rights activism in Iran and the Muslim world. Before joining UC Irvine, she was the Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and managing editor of The Scholar & Feminist Online.

Sandra K. Soto is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson and editor of Feminist Formations. She holds a PhD in English, with a focus in Ethnic and Third World Literature, from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire (2010), replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Feeling Greater Mexico, which mobilizes queer theories of affect to pursue unlikely connections between critical transnational studies and U.S. ethnic studies.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.

Robyn Wiegman teaches Literature and Women’s Studies at Duke University. She has most recently published Object Lessons (2012), which focuses on the institutional and political formation of identity knowledges.