Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is also a Cave Canem fellow and contributing writer to the publication, Weird Sister. You can find some of her writings in The Feminist Wire, Day One, Bitch, and Racialicious.
Alison Lefkovitz received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2010 and taught at Miami University before joining the federated department of history at Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As an assistant professor of history at NJIT, she teaches U.S. history and runs the BA program in Law, Technology and Culture. She is currently completing revisions to her book manuscript, The Politics of Marriage in the Era of Women’s Liberation. In it, she explores how legal and political agents worked the category of gender out of marriage, and how a host of lawmakers, judges, activists, and ordinary Americans subsequently struggled to redefine family and marriage without gender. She argues that eliminating the legal gendered roles of husband and wife ultimately helped both to transform the political economy and to produce a conservative backlash.
Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at MicNews and Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives. Darnell’s advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. He has led and participated in several critical dialogues including the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women; the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington National Panel on Race, Discrimination and Poverty, the 2012 Seminar on Debates on Religion and Sexuality at Harvard Divinity School, and as a member of the first U.S. delegation of LGBTQ leaders to Palestine in 2012. A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth Out, VICE, Guernica, Mondoweiss, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others.
Mary Rizzo is Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director of Public & Digital Humanities Initiatives for the Program in American Studies and the History Department at Rutgers-Newark. She also consults with nonprofit history and cultural organizations, including the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Tuckerton Seaport, and the NJ State Museum. She comes to this position after a decade of working in public history and the public humanities in New Jersey. Her primary motivation has been helping small and medium-sized history, humanities, and cultural organizations build their capacity and professionalize so they can tell more inclusive stories that fully represent our communities. Projects along these lines include the Public History Boot Camp series at MARCH, the Telling Untold Histories unconference, and the Queer Newark Oral History Project to document the history of the LGBT community in Newark.
Beryl Satter is Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. Her book Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (2009) won the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for best book in civil rights history and the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award in History. It was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and for the Ron Ridenhouer Book Prize, awarded to “those that persevere in acts of truth-telling.” Family Properties was also listed as among the top ten books of the year by several newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. In 2015, she won a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship to work on her new book project, a history of a pioneering community development bank called ShoreBank.
Kristyn Scorsone is the volunteer manager for Queer Newark. She is also a PhD student in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark with a passion for public history. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies, also from Rutgers-Newark. She joined the Queer Newark Oral History Project in 2015 and has since conducted over two dozen oral history interviews. She has helped plan and lead QNOHP walking tours in Newark and was a part of the curatorial team for the 2017 traveling exhibit, At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project. In 2018 she launched a podcast for the Queer Newark Oral History Project on iTunes and is the host and producer. She has also worked as an archival assistant at the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at the Newark Public Library, where she was a part of the curatorial team for an exhibit entitled Boricuas in the Garden: The Story of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey. Her writing has appeared in Notches, Out History, and Out in New Jersey as well as Los Angeles Music Blog. In 2016, she was one of three graduate students chosen to be recitation instructors for the inaugural class of undergraduate students accepted into the Honors Living-Learning Community, an innovative college access program at Rutgers-Newark. Outside of her academic work, she is a big comedy nerd and has completed Advance Study improvisational comedy classes at the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and Los Angeles. She loves spending time with her wife, their wonderfully weird dog Shirley, and their cats. As a queer, gender non-binary person, her preferred pronouns are she/her/they/them. Follow Kristyn on Twitter: @ykristyn
Timothy Stewart-Winter is an associate professor of U.S. history. His first book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Penn, 2016; paperback, August 2017), won the 2017 John Boswell Prize for the outstanding book in the field of LGBT history, awarded by the American Historical Association Committee on LGBT History. He is now working on the first book-length study of the scandal surrounding the 1964 arrest of White House aide Walter Jenkins on disorderly conduct charges. In 2017-2018, he is a visiting fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He co-directs the Queer Newark Oral History Project. Stewart-Winter's work has appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Gender & History, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. His essay “The Gay Rights President” is forthcoming in The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment, edited by Julian Zelizer (Princeton, March 2018). He also writes regularly about LGBTQ politics and history for a wider audience, including op-eds in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Star-Ledger (N.J.), and commentaries in Dissent and Slate. He has appeared on “All Things Considered" (NPR), and was interviewed about Queer Clout on “Chicago Tonight” (WTTW television) and “Morning Drive” (WBEZ radio). Stewart-Winter received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, and has received support from the Jacob K. Javits fellowship, the ACLS/Mellon foundation, the James C. Hormel fellowship, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. Follow him on Twitter: @timothysw
Christina R. Strasburger is Department Administrator for History and African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She co-founded the Queer Newark Oral History Project and served on the advisory board for the traveling exhibit, At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project.
Whitney Strub is Associate Professor of History and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. His first book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. His second book, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression was published in 2013 by the University Press of Kansas. His articles on obscenity, pornography, and sexual politics have appeared in American Quarterly, Radical History Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women's History, Salon, and Temple of Schlock, and he blogs about films shot in Newark and sexual politics at https://strublog.wordpress.com.
Mi Hyun Yoon is a doctoral student in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark. She was one of five students selected for the 2017-2018 inaugural class of the Amiri Baraka Fellows Program at Rutgers University-Newark's Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.
Anna Alves was born in Elmhurst, Queens, NYC, and raised in South Sacramento, CA. She holds a B.A. in English and History and M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers University at Newark, and is currently researching and writing her dissertation toward a Ph.D in American Studies, also at Rutgers-Newark. Anna is interested in transpacific literary relations in Filipino fiction writing in English, in and between the United States and the Philippines, and its associated cultural politics of craft and aesthetics. She was a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow in fiction, was twice awarded the Manuel G.Flores Prize Scholarship from Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), and has also twice been a Kundiman Literary Arts Fiction Fellow. She has been granted writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nation‘s Arts (VONA), Las Dos Brujas Workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and the N. V. M. and Narita Gonzalez Writers’ Workshop in both the U. S. and the Philippines. Her writing has appeared in Amerasia Journal, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Strange Cargo: The Emerging Voices Anthology, Kartika Review, Our Own Voice: Filipinos in the Diaspora e-zine, Dismantle: an anthology of writing from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino America, the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, and Kuwento: Lost Things — anthology of new philippine myths. After a philanthropic career as a Program Associate in Media, Arts and Culture at The Ford Foundation in New York City (where she coordinated and edited the national report, Towards a Cultural Community: Identity, Education and Stewardship in Filipino American Performing Arts); a Program Manager at the Asian Pacific Fund in San Francisco, CA; and as a freelance consultant contributing to several projects around hip-hop aesthetics, particularly Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, edited by Jeff Chang, she was Staff and Programs Manager at the UCLA Academic Advancement Program’s Graduate Mentoring Program (GMP). As a M.F.A. student, she taught English Composition to first-year students at Rutgers-Newark. As a Ph.D candidate, she has taught university courses in Asian American history and experiences as well as Asian American literature. After living and creating for several years in Jersey City, New Jersey, in pursuit of her creative and intellectual passions, this lifelong UCLA Bruin and fervent Los Angeles Dodgers fan is delighted to now be based in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines for a 2018-2019 Fulbright fellowship.
Lorna Ebner is an M.A. student at Rutgers-Newark in History, with a concentration in STEM. She has B.A. degrees in History and English from the University of Texas. She is from Cleveland, Texas and is excited to live in a place that has seasons other than Hot and Slightly Less Hot.
Aaron Frazier is a poet and writer. He self-published two chap books and writes for La Raine Magazine and several other local and national publications. He holds a BS in Urban Studies Policy from Saint Peters College in Jersey City and an Associates in Liberal Arts-Social Sciences from Essex County College. He is a community activist, the Mother of the House of Divine of Greater Newark, a volunteer for the Newark LBGTQ Community Center, a previous Coordinator of Project Fire II of El Club Del Barrio, and an active member of Hyacinth Cab and Thrive Role Model Story, a long term non progressor study participant with the National Institute for Health, and community activist.