B Aultman is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Their main areas of interest are social movements in American politics, transgender studies, and science studies. Their 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, they claim that certain forms of politics is thus overlooked, creating forms of epistemic injustice. They have published on the concept of cisgender, book chapters on American political institutions, and edited volumes on the politics of sexuality and global HIV/AIDS. Their website is here.
Rachel Brown is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She is working on a book manuscript about migrant labor and care and domestic work in Palestine. The project considers the particular forms that the reproductive labor done by migrants takes in a country with a de jure racial citizenship regime. It also examines how settler colonialism differentially impacts Israel’s temporary labor force and the military occupation of Palestinian land. Her first book of poems, Atop the Staircase, was published in 2016. When not academia-ing or podcasting, she enjoys writing poetry, studying Hebrew Bible and singing stuff. For more info, Rachel’s personal site is here.
Emily Crandall is a PhD Candidate 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.
John McMahon is Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY Plattsburgh*. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, emotion and affect, feminist thought, black political thought, and political theories of work and labor. His work has appeared in Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, and Theory & Event, among other journals. John’s Ph.D. is from The Graduate Center, CUNY, where the AAP was founded! For more, visit John’s personal site.
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James Padilioni, Jr. is a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellow in History at Lewis & Clark College, and Ph.D Candidate in American Studies (Africana-affiliated). 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.