QNOHP Staff

Anna Alves is a PhD Student in the American Studies program at Rutgers-Newark. She was born in Elmhurst, Queens, NYC, raised in South Sacramento, CA, and considers Los Angeles, CA, the home of her heart. She holds a B.A. in English and History and M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, also from Rutgers-Newark. Anna has been a Fiction Fellow with PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices and Kundiman Literary Arts, and was a recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Award from the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA). She was granted creative writing residencies at Hedgebrook, Voices of Our Nation‘s Arts (VONA) and Las Dos Brujas Workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Her writing has appeared in Amerasia Journal, Kartika Review, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Dismantle: an anthology of writing from VONA, and Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipino America. In her past lives, Anna was a: grants foundation professional, university archivist, oral histories collector, teacher of and co-collaborator with peers, undergrads and high school students, fan fiction writer, and hot dog vendor for a day, a very long time ago. She is always a fervent UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco 49ers fan, enjoys 3-D IMAX action-thrillers/apocalyptic/sci-fi films, watches live theater whenever she can afford it, and still reads epic novels while she lives, studies and creates stories in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Amy Clark (she/her/hers) completed her B.A. in American Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She received the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award and highest honors for her senior thesis, "Queer Life in Newark, New Jersey: Race, Capital, and the Significance of the Local," using interviews from the Queer Newark Oral History Project archive. In addition to her involvement with Queer Newark, she has worked on various public projects, including the Humanities Action Lab's "States of Incarceration" exhibit and the New Jersey Folk Festival. She is from Bloomfield, New Jersey.
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. 
 
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 MSNBCThe GuardianHuffington PostEBONYThe AdvocateOUT MagazineGawkerTruth OutVICEGuernicaMondoweissThought CatalogGood Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World MakingWomen Studies QuarterlyAda: A Journal of GenderNew Media & TechnologyTransforming 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 a PhD Student in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark where she is passionate about public and digital humanities.  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 was a part of the curatorial team for the exhibit, At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project, launched in 2017. 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.

Timothy Stewart-Winter is an associate professor of U.S. history. His first book, ExternalQueer 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 ExternalThe 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 ExternalNew York Times, the ExternalLos Angeles Times, and the ExternalStar-Ledger (N.J.), and commentaries in ExternalDissent and ExternalSlate. He has appeared on “ExternalAll Things Considered" (NPR), and was interviewed about Queer Clout on “ExternalChicago Tonight” (WTTW television) and “ExternalMorning 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: External@timothysw

Christina Strasburger is department administrator for History and African American and African Studies. She has worked with the Queer Newark Oral History Project since its founding in 2011. 

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.