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Organizing Committee

Dayna Tortorici is a writer and co-editor-in-chief of n+1, a journal of literature, culture, and politics based in New York. 

Judith Levine is a nonfiction writer and feminist activist much of whose work resides at the intersections between the body and the body politic. Judith’s fifth book is The Feminist & the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence (2020), co-authored with Erica R. Meiners. 

Natasha Lewis is co-editor of Dissent.

Ricky Price is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. His work integrates the politics of identity, institutions, and science to understand how power operates between our bodies and the state. He specializes in new institutionalism, science and technology studies, and feminist and queer theory. He received his PhD from the New School for Social Research in 2018. Ann Snitow served on his dissertation committee and was an invaluable mentor in his intellectual and political work. 

Alyson K. Spurgas is Associate Professor of Sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where they also teach in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Alyson is the author of Diagnosing Desire: Biopolitics and Femininity into the Twenty-First Century (Ohio State University Press, 2020), which was awarded the 2021 Cultural Studies Association First Book Prize, and is currently conducting research for a new project on sexual robotics and technologies of care.

H. Howell Williams, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, holds a PhD in Politics from the New School for Social Research. He is broadly interested in how race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped political U.S. welfare state development, and he is working on a book about fatherhood and the American state. He worked with Ann in several capacities at The New School, including as a TA for her “Feminist Thought and Action” course, and she provided incalculable support for his research and writing. 

Nominating Committee

Jennifer Baumgardner is an editor, writer, lecturer, and filmmaker. Her six books include Manifesta and Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics; her writing has appeared in many venues including the New York Times, Glamour, The Nation, Harper’s magazine, and Teen Vogue; and she is producer/director of the documentaries I Had an Abortion (2005and It Was Rape (2011). She has served previously as editor in chief of the Women’s Review of Books and director of the Feminist Press at CUNY. Currently, she is the owner/publisher of Dottir Press (a certified women-owned business) and the editor of LIBER, a review of feminist books and culture. 

Karma R. Chávez is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and affiliate in the LGBTQ Studies Program at the University of Texas – Austin. She is editor or author of seven books including, Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (University of Illinois Press, 2013); Palestine on the Air (University of Illinois Press, 2019); and The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance (University of Washington Press, 2021).

Paisley Currah is a Professor of Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and a co-editor of the award-winning Transgender Rights. His newest book, Sex Is Sex Does: Governing Transgender Identity, looks at sex classification policies in the United States and explains how transgender people struggle to navigate this confusing and contradictory web of legal rules, definitions, and classifications. He has advocated for transgender rights at all levels of government.

Mallika Dutt wakes leaders up to interconnected truth and inspires us to question our current paradigms. She provides us with approaches and tools to strategically shake up and re-envision the world. Mallika has honed this approach through decades of experience leading culture change in entrepreneurial, nonprofit, and philanthropic fields. Her unique methodology combines ancient wisdom, contemplative practices, and social justice activism. The result? Connection and transformation.

Barbara Ehrenreich, a self-identified “myth buster by trade,” is an essayist, journalist, and author of 21 books, including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Natural Causes. The daughter and granddaughter of miners, she is a longtime activist in feminism, peace, health care, and economic justice movements, and a co-founder of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Susan Faludi (emerita) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. Her most recent book, In the Darkroom, won the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Knight Foundation. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She teaches nonfiction creative writing at Harvard University and Smith College.

Avery F. Gordon (emerita) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck School of Law University of London. Her most recent books are The Hawthorne Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins, The Workhouse: The Breitenau Room, and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Her work focuses on radical thought. She serves on the Editorial Committee of the journal Race & Class and is the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB FM Santa Barbara.

Iris Morales is a longtime activist, educator and feminist involved in struggles for racial justice, women’s rights, and the decolonization of Puerto Rico. Her ongoing collaborations center on these concerns. She is the author of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969-1976 and editor of several anthologies, including Latinas: Struggles and Protests in 21st Century USA and Voices from Puerto Rico: Post-Hurrican Maria, a bilingual project with island activists and artists.

Premilla Nadasen is a Professor of History at Barnard College. She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grassroots community organizing. She is most interested in visions of social change and the ways in which poor and working-class women of color fought for social justice. Her most recent book is Household Workers Unite, and she is currently writing a biography of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba. Nadasen is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and serves on the scholarly advisory committee of the New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. She was the inaugural (2020) recipient of the Ann Snitow Prize.

Audacia Ray is an advocate and writer who currently serves her LGBTQ community as Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. Previously, she spent five years as the founding executive director of the sex worker-led media, storytelling, and advocacy group Red Umbrella Project. Her essays and stories have been published in The Rumpus, The Guardian, The Village Voice, and have been widely anthologized. She was an editor at Utne-Reader Award Winning $pread magazine and before that was a student of Ann’s at Eugene Lang College.

Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor in Women and Gender Studies at Smith College, and co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. In 1994, she co-created the theory of reproductive justice. She has addressed women’s issues, hate groups, and human rights on CNN, the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.

Sarah Schulman, Ann Snitow Prize recipient 2021, is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer and AIDS historian. Her 20th book LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Political History of ACT UP, New York 1987-1993 was published in 2021 by FSG. Sarah is on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace and teaches at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Susan Stryker (emerita) is Presidential Fellow and Visiting Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, 2019-2020. She is founding co-editor of the journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, and co-director of the Emmy-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.

Patricia J. Williams is a prominent critical race theorist and former practicing attorney who writes widely in scholarly and popular publications on race, gender, and the law and appears frequently in broadcast media and film. A columnist for The Nation, Williams is also the author of many books, including the feminist classic The Alchemy of Race and Rights and, most recently, Giving a Damn: Racism, Romance and ‘Gone with the Wind.’ She is University Professor of Law and Philosophy, and Director of Law, Technology and Ethics Initiatives at Northeastern University and a professor emerita of the Columbia University School of Law.