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.
Esperanza O. Santos is a PhD graduate student in the American Studies Program at Rutgers University-Newark as a Presidential Graduate Fellow. Her topics of interest include: women of color feminisms, social movements, critical pedagogy, phenomenology, & decoloniality.
Erica Fugger Erica Fugger (she/her) is an oral historian and peace educator based in the New York City area. She actively works with organizations, communities, and families to implement historical documentation and dialogue initiatives. Erica previously managed Columbia University’s Center for Oral History Archives and Oral History MA program, and served as an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She also recently directed Washington College’s World War II public memory program, the National Home Front Project, which collaborates with communities across the United States to document and preserve civilian experiences of the war. Erica is continuing to explore the lasting impact of World War II through doctoral work in Rutgers University-Newark’s American Studies PhD program. Her research builds upon foundations established through her MA degree in Oral History from Columbia University and her BA in History & German from Union College. Deepening her community-engaged practice, Erica currently serves as a graduate assistant for the Queer Newark Oral History Project.
Isabella Sangaline Isabella Sangaline is a graduate student in History at Rutgers University - Newark and received their Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History from Drexel University in 2020. Their research focuses on examining sexuality and gender, focusing on how they interact with urban spaces.
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.
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.
Dominique Rocker (sher / her / hers) is poet, writer, and first year Masters’ student in the History Department at Rutgers University - Newark. Dominique earned a BA in Print Journalism from California State University, Fullerton in 2013 and an MA in African-American Studies from UCLA in 2020. Her previous research looked at the activism and resistance strategies of Black women in the Black Panther Party in Los Angeles, California and New Haven, Connecticut. This work focused on both narrative and erotic resistance via oral testimony and written poetry. In thinking about pleasure as a site of resistance for Black women, particularly as Black women also must negotiate a sexuality enmeshed with pain and trauma, Dominique’s interests have shifted to questions about Black women in pornography in the digital age and the potential for centuring queer pleasure as a radical resistance site.