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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.

IMG_44561-300x225Rachel 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.

emilycrandalAAPEmily 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.

Siddhant Issar is a PhD Candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Drawing upon the Movement for Black Lives and the Black Radical Tradition, Sid’s dissertation project distills a critical theory of racial capitalism. More broadly, his scholarly interests lie in the intellectual history of Critical Theory, especially the first generation of the Frankfurt School, Black radical thought, decolonial and postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and queer theory.

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.

*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on the podcast are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of SUNY College at Plattsburgh.


padilioni-headshotJames Padilioni, Jr.
is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion (Black Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies affiliated) at Swarthmore College. James’ teaching and research foregrounds Black Diaspora ritual and performance studies, focusing on Afro-Latinx and Afro-Caribbean folk Catholicism, Black queer religion, Black music and choreography, and Caribbean magico-religious, ecstatic, and pharmacopic traditions. His forthcoming book 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 overlapping Africana communities in Florida over the long 20th century. In his spare time, he can usually be found jogging, hiking, playing the piano, binging Netflix, or scanning the heavens for shooting stars.

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