Ana Amuchástegui, PhD (Goldsmiths College) is Full Professor at the Department of Education and Communication in the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City, and member of the National System of Researchers since 1999. She has conducted extensive qualitative research on subjectivity, sexuality and gender in Mexico, with emphasis on rights related to reproduction and sexuality. During 2007-2012 she headed a team of researchers looking at how different social groups struggle to appropriate and practice said rights. In this project, her emphasis was on the impact of legalization on women’s notions of abortion rights. She has also worked with social organizations in Mexico such as Grupo de Información sobre Reproducción Elegida, Salud Integral para la Mujer, and others. She is the author of “Virginidad e Iniciación Sexual en México. Experiencias y Significados” (EDAMEX) and numerous articles both in national and international journals like Debate Feminista, Sexualities, Reproductive Health Matters, and Men’s Studies. Her most recent publications are “Body and Embodiment in the Experience of Abortion for Mexican Women: The Sexual Body, the Fertile Body, and the Body of Abortion”, in Gender, Sexuality and Feminism (2013), and with Rodrigo Parini “Normalized Transgressions: Consumption, the Market, and Sexuality in Mexico”, in Understanding Sexuality. New Frontiers (2012), edited by Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker. She is currently coordinating a research-action project on women as peer counselors in HIV health services, in conjunction with the Mexico City HIV/AIDS Program and collaborating NGOs. She is reviews editor for Culture, Health and Sexuality and member of the editorial board of Sexualidad, Salud y Sociedad. Revista Latinoamericana.
Kate Bedford is a Reader in Law at the University of Kent. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, and international political economy. Her publications include Developing Partnerships: Gender, Sexuality, and the Reformed World Bank (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She has also conducted research on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, on gender and multi-lateral governance, and on the World Economic Forum. She is currently researching the feminist political economy of gambling liberalization, with a particular focus on bingo. She hopes that you will share your bingo stories with her.
Elizabeth Bernstein is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is co-editor of Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity (Routledge 2005), and the author of Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which received the 2009 Norbert Elias Prize as well as two distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association. Her current book project is Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press), which explores the convergence of feminist, neoliberal, and evangelical Christian interests in the shaping of contemporary global policies surrounding the traffic in women.
Denise Brennan is an anthropologist who writes about migration, trafficking into forced labor, and women’s labor. She is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University. She is the author of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States which will be out in early 2014, and What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic, both with Duke University Press. She currently is conducting field research for a book on the after effects of detention and deportation on families and communities in the United States.
Siobhan Brooks is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Cal State Fullerton. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from New School University. Brooks’ work explores the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, class, and mental health among LGBT urban identified Black women. She is the author of Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry (SUNY Press, 2010), which won the 2008 Queer Studies Prize. Brooks’ current research examines the ways inner-city Black LGBT identified women negotiate identity and homophobia within their home communities in North Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Sealing Cheng is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her doctorate from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University. She was then a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. In January 2005, she began teaching at Wellesley College. Her research is focused on sexuality with reference to sex work, human trafficking, women’s activism, and policy-making. Her book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012.
Patricia Ticineto Clough is professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse (1994); and The End(s) of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998). She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social (2007); with Craig Willse, editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011); and with Alan Frank and Steven Seidman, editor of Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life (2013). Clough’s work has drawn on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, affect, unconscious processes, timespace and political economy. More recently she has been creating performance pieces bringing together sound and images with theoretical and autobiographical discourses that also draw on ethnographic work in Corona, Queens. Her forthcoming book is Ecstatic Corona: Philosophy and Family Violence.
Lisa Duggan is a journalist, activist, and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is author of Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy (Beacon, 2003), and Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (Duke University Press, 2000). She is co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Essays in Sexual Dissent and American Politics (Routledge, 1995 and 2006), and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (NYU Press, 2001).
Elizabeth Esch is Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Barnard College-Columbia University. She is co-author, with David Roediger, of The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in United States History and is at work on the forthcoming, The Color Line and the Assembly Line: The Ford Motor Company in Brazil, South Africa and the United States. She has written on race and US imperialism in the Middle East and Latin America and teaches courses on the themes of race and empire in US history. She has a particular interest in labor process and militarism and has been a longtime activist for justice for Palestinians.
Sara R. Farris is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was Member Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2012-2013. She has published on sociological theory, political sociology, orientalism, international migration, feminism and gender studies. Most recently she is the author of Max Weber’s Theory of Personality. Individuation, Politics and Orientalism in the Sociology of Religion (Brill, 2013). She is currently completing her second monograph provisionally entitled “The Political Economy of Femonationalism.”
Elizabeth Garcia holds a BA in sociology from Queens College. She grew up in Corona, where she attended school until beginning her undergraduate studies; her curiosity about the neighborhood emerged while working in an after school program. Garcia has danced since junior high school and uses dance as a way to express herself when struggling with words. Garcia is a leader of St Leo’s youth group; she has been a member since the age of 12. Garcia is currently pursuing an MA in International Relations.
Abosede A. George is assistant professor in the History Department and Africana Studies Program at Barnard College and Columbia University. She teaches African History survey courses as well as courses on children and childhood in African history, urban African history, and the history of sexuality in Africa. Her forthcoming book Developing Modern Girls in 20th Century Colonial Lagos is a study of girl-saving projects and ideas of girlhood in Lagos from 1900-1960.
Teresa Gowan teaches ethnography and urban sociology at the University of Minnesota. Based on several years’ fieldwork across the San Francisco street scene, her ethnography Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco (2010) draws out the multiple discursive tectonics linking the marginal life-world of homeless encampments, shelters, and recycling yards with neoconservative and neoliberal shifts in social policy, urban forms, and public culture. More recently she has been extending her work on contemporary US poverty management with a comparative study of mandatory secular (“strong-arm”) and evangelical addiction treatment. Promising liberation from the demonic or enslaved self, these institutions employ totalistic regimes to impose intimate behavioral control and cognitive reorientation. The rapid growth of court-mandated rehab shows how the contemporary articulation of severe criminal justice sanctions with highly contingent services has not only supercharged US processes of punishment and exclusion, but developed and proliferated more intimate and productive mechanisms of governmentality.
Christina B. Hanhardt is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies and a core faculty member of the LGBT Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, forthcoming from Duke University Press in fall 2013.
Janet Jakobsen is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College and the Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Her research interests include religion, gender, and sexuality in American public life; social movements and feminist alliance politics; feminist and queer ethics; and global issues of economics and violence. She is currently working on a book project, The Value of Ethics: Sex, Secularism, and Social Movements in a Global Economy. Before entering academia, Professor Jakobsen was a policy analyst and lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
Miranda Joseph is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Against the Romance of Community (2002) and A Debt to Society, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in 2014.
Lamia Karim is an associate professor and associate head of anthropology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh (2011). She is currently working on a new book manuscript entitled Muslim Modernities: Women, Religion and Democracy in Bangladesh. Her research interests are in globalization, modernity, gender, and social movements.
Kerwin Kaye is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY College at Old Westbury. His most recent publication, “Rehabilitating the ‘Drugs Lifestyle’: Criminal justice, Social Control, and the Cultivation of Agency,” appeared in Ethnography in May 2013. His current book project, Using Drugs: Addiction and the Intimacy of the State, is based on ethnographic research conducted at both a drug court and an affiliated drug treatment center. Kerwin lives in New York City.
Yeong Ran Kim is a researcher and a media artist based in New York City. Her research interests center on analyzing normalized violence under the neoliberal governance that affects the construction of the urban everyday life. She explore a new terrain of knowledge production through an engagement with new media technology that offers a ground for multiple voices, murmurs, movements, and rhythmicity to be alive and to exist together, generating new forms of scholarly arguments.
Omar Montana is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is interested in US-Colombian relations and is currently in the early stages of a multi-sited project that entails urban biking vis-à-vis the production of space, urban transportation, and climate change.
Kelly Moore studies the relationship between science, morality, and politics. This essay is drawn from her current research project, Pleasuring Science, on the rise and gendered forms of neoliberal eating and exercise in the US. She is the author of Disrupting Science: Scientists, Social Movements and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975 (Princeton University Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Charles Tilly Prize from the American Sociological Association section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements and the 2011 Robert K. Merton Prize from the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology. Moore co-edited The New Political Sociology of Science (Wisconsin, 2014) and is co-editing The Handbook of Science, Technology and Society (with Daniel L. Kleinman, forthcoming 2014, Routledge). Moore’s other work has also appeared in sociological and cross-disciplinary journals, including Theory and Society and the American Journal of Sociology, and Moore has a piece on foodways among the urban poor forthcoming in Geoforum. Moore is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, and has held academic positions at the University of Cincinnati, Barnard College, and Brooklyn College. In 2011-2012, Moore was Co-director of the National Science Foundation Science, Technology and Society Program, and Director of the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program.
Mac Morris is a B’klyn native, black queer artist, educator and movement enthusiast. With a degree in creative writing and philosophy, his disciplinary focus and writings have been on psycho-social traveling, trauma and recovery with Race, Gender and Sexuality as a locus. He is the recipient of the 2010 Wells College William Nicholas Liberi ’05 Memorial Prize for T.L.G.B.Q. Activism and Scholarship and is currently engaged in youth development work emphasizing critical social justice education.
Michelle Murphy is a feminist technoscience studies scholar and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Her most recent book is titled Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience (Duke, 2012). Please visit her website to learn more about her current research project on the Economization of Life.
Premilla Nadasen is a visiting associate professor of history at Barnard College and writes about race, gender, social policy, and labor history. She is the author of several books, including the award winning Welfare Warriors. She has published in the Journal of Policy History, Feminist Studies, Race and Reason, Working USA, and Ms. Magazine and she blogs regularly for Ms. She is currently writing a history of domestic worker organizing.
Jackie Orr teaches and writes in the fields of cultural politics, contemporary theory, and critical technoscience studies. Her book, Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder (Duke, 2006) narrates the entangled histories of militarization, informatics, and technoscientific desire animating the language of psychic disease. For the past 20 years, she has experimented with performance and textual/visual collage as alternative methods for re-making public memory and insurgent knowledges. Her recent performance piece, “Slow Disaster at the Digital Edge,” explores the deep time of catastrophe and the BP oil spill. She is an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University.
Mark Padilla is Associate Professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. He is a medical anthropologist with cross-training and experience in public health both domestically and internationally. His work is located within a productive synergy between anthropology and the more applied concerns of public health. As an anthropologist trained in ethnographic methods, globalization, and critical medical anthropology, Padilla seeks to trouble the terms of discourse and “intervention” in public health, and to bring structural inequalities and material processes into greater focus in public health. His book, Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality and AIDS in the Dominican Republic, seeks to provide a critical structural analysis for patterns in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean, drawing on experience-near ethnography with male sex workers who work in the tourism industry in two Dominican cities. For this book, Padilla was honored to receive the Ruth Benedict Award for best solo-authored book on sexuality in the field of anthropology in 2008. Padilla is Principal Investigator for a Ford Foundation funded study called “Detroit Youth Passages” and encourages readers to visit the project website. This project takes a truly structural and critical approach to medical anthropology and applies it to analyze the political and economic context of Detroit, Michigan. This project uses a Community-Based Participatory Research approach, and includes three community-based organizations in Detroit who are working with three highly marginalized populations: (1) transgender women of color; (2) young women involved in sex work; and (3) Latino youth at risk for gang involvement.
Mario Pecheny is Professor of Political Science and Sociology of Health at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also Researcher at the National Council of Science and Technology (CONICET) at the Institute Gino Germani, in Argentina. He was awarded with the National Prize “Bernardo Houssay” 2012 as a Researcher in Social Sciences, by the Ministry of Science and Technology (Argentina). He has extensively conducted research and published on health (HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, chronic illnesses, drug use), sexuality, human rights, and politics in Latin America and other regions. He published the following books: The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America (edited with Javier Corrales, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010); Discutir Alfonsín (edited with Roberto Gargarella and María Victoria Murillo, Siglo XXI, 2010); Todo sexo es politico (edited with Carlos Figari and Daniel Jones, Del Zorzal, 2008); Estudio nacional sobre la situación social de las personas viviendo con VIH en la Argentina (with Hernan Manzelli, UBATEC, 2008); Argentina: Sexualidad y derechos humanos (with Monica Petracci, CEDES-CLAM, 2007); and La dinámica de la democracia (with Sergio Emiliozzi and Martín Unzue, Prometeo, 2007), among others.
Catherine Sameh is Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and managing editor of The Scholar & Feminist Online. She is also in charge of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Project, which builds networks of movements for social justice across the globe so as to promote shared knowledge and resources with colleagues internationally. Catherine’s work at the Center draws on her expertise on transnational feminism developed in her dissertation, “Signatures, Networks, Rights: Iranian Feminism in the Transnational Sphere.” Her dissertation explored the role of transnational networks, cyber and print technologies in coalescing new political cultures, and considered how Iranian feminists reframe the putative opposition between religious (Islam) and secular (rights) discourses.
Svati P. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her book Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work and Migration in the City of Mumbai is forthcoming in 2014 from Duke University Press. Dr. Shah’s work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals, including Gender and History, Cultural Dynamics, Rethinking Marxism, and previously in The Scholar and Feminist Online. Her current research focuses on LGBTQ social movements in India.
Sandra K. Soto is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and Editor of Feminist Formations. Her interdisciplinary research agenda draws on Chicana/o and Latina/o literary and cultural studies, queer theory, and feminist theory to offer innovative approaches to social relations, cultural representation, and knowledge production. She is the author of Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire and is working on a manuscript entitled Feeling Greater Mexico.
Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law and is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School. 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. For more information, visit Dean’s website.
Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. She is the author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009) and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004). Her recent publications and current book-project, entitled Remaindered Life: Becoming Human in a Time of War, deal with race and global empire from the perspective of disposable life. She is Co-Editor of the journal Social Text.
Elijah Kuan Wong is a hip-hop singer-songwriter and poet born and raised in Queens, NY. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Sarah Lawrence College. His work, and forthcoming debut album, AK47RU486, focuses on autobiographical themes of ghetto ontology, spirituality, compassion fatigue, and the psychophysiology of trauma and violence. He currently teaches emotional literacy to young incarcerated men at Rikers Island.