Academic Initiatives

I’m a monthly grassroots donor to five essential activist and cultural organizations whose multidisciplinary work informs my own: Critical Resistance, the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, the Audre Lorde Project, Danspace Project, and Performance Space New York.

I’ve also collaborated in the following activities:

The Harm Reduction Collaboratory—a research/practice undertaking I piloted with my students at Gettysburg College during the fall 2020 semester (no link yet; details to come).

Academic boycott—I participated in the core organizing in support of the resolution presented to the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly in January 2017 and the resolution that passed the CUNY Doctoral Students’ Council in April 2016.

The 2015 MLA Subconference in Vancouver on “Non-Negotiable Sites of Struggle,” for which I served on the organizing committee. (I also contributed to the organizing of the 2016 MLA Subconference and spoke on the closing plenary of the 2014 launch.)

“Critical Diversities and/in the Academy: Thought and Practice,” a speaker series and colloquium at the Graduate Center I organized for the spring 2014 semester. Funding for this initiative was provided by CUNY’s Diversity Projects Development Fund and the Graduate Center’s Doctoral Students’ Council.

Critical U., the open-access Tumblr of readings and other materials I created for the English-composition class I taught at Lehman College, CUNY, in spring 2014 on the topic of critical university studies.

Stop-and-Frisk Desist, the open-access Tumblr I created of readings and other materials for the English-composition class I taught at Lehman College, CUNY, in fall 2013 on the topics of stop-and-frisk specifically and racial profiling generally. (I received the 2014 Diana Colbert Award for Innovative Teaching from the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in English for this course.)

“Teaching Against Stop-and-Frisk and Racial Profiling”—open-access teaching and pedagogical materials I created for the aforementioned class at Lehman. 

The CUNY Adjunct Project, for which I served as the coordinator of advocacy and education from 2013 to 2018.

Ethicopoliticolit, my academic-research Tumblr (currently on hiatus), to which I’ve posted things I’m reading and thinking about since 2012.