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B Aultman is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His main areas of interest are social movements in American politics, transgender studies, and science studies. His dissertation, entitled “The Epistemology of Transgender Political Resistance: Embodied Experience and the Practices of Everyday Life,” explores how the classificatory schemes within the study of social movements have occluded the political practices of trans people. Arguing that it is within these practices that constitute knowledge and political identities, he claims that certain forms of politics is thus overlooked, creating forms of epistemic injustice. He has published on the concept of cisgender, book chapters on American political institutions, and edited volumes on the politics of sexuality and global HIV/AIDS. His website is here.

IMG_44561-300x225Rachel Brown is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Fellow in Political Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is writing her doctoral dissertation on migrant labor, citizenship and domestic work in Israel/Palestine. Based upon interviews with migrants and employers, the project considers the particular forms that the transnational gendering, sexualization and racialization of reproductive labor take in a country with a de jure ethnic citizenship regime. It also examines how the continuing occupation differentially impacts Israel’s temporary labor force.  Her first book of poems, Atop the Staircase, will be published in Februrary 2016. Rachel currently lives in Brooklyn and when not dissertating or podcasting, she enjoys writing poetry, studying Hebrew Bible and singing stuff. For more info, Rachel’s personal site is here.

emilycrandalAAPEmily Crandall is a PhD Candidate and Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow in the department of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a certificate in Women’s Studies. She holds a BA in Political Theory from UC San Diego. Her dissertation – titled, “Imagined Futures: the Discursive Limits of Rational Positivism” – analyzes the discourse of the climate change denier through the lens of feminist epistemology and science studies as a means to interrogate the extent to which deniers and skeptics may in fact exist within the same ideological realm, or be constrained by the same philosophical tradition, as that of non-deniers. Emily was recently selected to participate in the (summer 2015) NEH Institute, “Development Ethics and Global Justice: Gender, Economics, Environment” at Michigan State University. In her spare time she enjoys napping, reading young adult fiction, and lecturing strangers about sexism.

johnscarfJohn McMahon has a PhD in Political Science (political theory) from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Starting in August 2016, he will be Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He is currently working on a research project on affect and emotion in the political theory of Hobbes, Marx, Beauvoir, and materialist feminism. Building off of his dissertation research, he makes an interdisciplinary move, turning to contemporary scholarship on emotion and affect from multiple disciplines in order to generate careful readings of these theorists individually and to suggest a general need for a more intensive encounter with the affectivity and emotionality of the Western political theory canon. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, emotion and affect, feminist theory, and neoliberalism. For more info, visit John’s personal site.


padilioni-headshotJames Padilioni, Jr.
is a Ph.D Candidate in American Studies (Africana-affiliated) and teaching fellow at the College of William and Mary. His research interests include the religious and aesthetic practices of the African Diaspora, with a focus on Black musics, performance, and Diasporic Catholicism, specifically in Afro-Latinx and African-American contexts. Further interests include the politics of self-making and the ethnogenesis of blackness. His dissertation project is part ethnography, part history, and part critical race theory,  and will focus upon the fractal manifestations of the cult of St. Martin de Porres – the first saint from the Americas of African descent –  in disjunct contexts throughout the Caribbean, North and South America. In his “spare” time, he can usually be found writing, writing, preparing syllabi, reading, writing, or, when unburdened by a schedule, playing the piano, binging Netflix, singing with the Richmond Men’s Chorus, or looking for shooting stars in his backyard.

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