New Board Members

Shana Agid is a visual artist, writer, and cultural critic with a particular interest in power and representations of power in the post- Civil Rights Era United States. He has written on representations of trans people for Flow ( and Clamor Magazine, on the limits of defining citizenship through the codification of “hate crime,” and on the role of the prison industrial complex in Hurricane Katrina in Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States. Her artist books are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, DePaul University, Yale University, and others. Shana is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art, Media + Technology at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, and is also the Art Director for Radical Teacher.

David Allyn is the author of four books, including Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution, An Unfettered History. He holds an Honors B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at Princeton University and is currently Director of Development for NJ SEEDS, an organization that provides educational opportunitities for high-achieving, low-income students. His plays include: “Baptizing Adam,” (James H. Wilson Award, Deep South Writers Conference), “Writers Colony” (Highest-Grossing Production, 2009 Fresh Fruit Festival), and “Commencement,” (Honorable Mention, 2009 Writers Digest Competition). His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Advocate.

Jason Baumann is Coordinator of Collection Assessment & LGBT Collections at the New York Public Library, as well as Visiting Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. He has his MLS from Queens College, his MFA from City College, and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Anahi Russo Garrido is a PhD candidate in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at Rutgers University. She also holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Concordia Univeristy, Canada. She has worked with women’s rights organizations in Mexico, Canada, and the United States on organizing and movement building. She is the co-editor of Building Feminist Movements: Global Perspectives (2007) and the author of articles on queer spaces and the lesbian movement in Mexico City in WSQ and NWSA Journal. Her research currently focuses on gender and sexuality in Latin America, place and space, queer theory, and nationalism.

Gayatri Gopinath is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She earned her B.A. in Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Columbia University (1994, 1998). Dr. Gopinath is the author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures.

Karen Miller is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and History at LaGuardia Community College where she teaches interdisciplinary urban studies classes, including the “Politics of Sexuality,” and modern US History. She is currently completing her book, Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism, Black Activism, and Urban Politics in Interwar Detroit. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also teaches Women’s Studies.

Christopher Adam Mitchell is a PhD student in the History Department at Rutgers University, where he also teaches queer and U.S. history. His research focuses on the relationship between criminality and queer subcultures in urban spaces, as well as the ways in which decriminalization or liberalization in the Gay and Lesbian- Feminist Liberation era constituted a cultural revolution in housing, employment, and consumer markets in the U.S. He currently lives in Brooklyn with a bear and their two dogs.