Incoming CLAGS Board Members

Michelle Billies is a Ph.D. candidate in the
Social-Personality Psychology program of CUNY
Graduate Center. Based in part on a three-year research
project in partnership with Queers for Economic
Justice, Billies’ dissertation, entitled “Let
Me See Your ID: Surveillance Threat and the Construction
of Human Security and Insecurity,” critiques
everyday policing as a site of struggle over
bodies, space, and knowledge, fueled by accelerating
forms of affective control. Concentrating on
the integration of theory, critical research methods,
and liberatory pedagogies, Billies writes with
and through participatory action research (PAR)
approaches; homonationalism; black geographies;
transgender studies; transnational feminisms; and
affect theory. Billies is outgoing Co-Chair of QUNY,
the LGBTQ chartered student organization of CUNY
Graduate Center, participates as a member of CUNY
Graduate Center’s Public Science Project, and was
recently awarded a dissertation fellowship by
IRADAC, The Institute for Research on the African
Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. A
Brooklyn resident for 18 years, Billies maintains
a private Gestalt psychotherapy practice, loves
African dance class and birding, and lives in a fantastic
house called Queer Study Hall.
Randall Chamberlain is an immigration lawyer
in private practice, with a focus on immigration
issues facing LGBT people. Previously, he worked
in fundraising for international nonprofits, including
Human Rights Watch, Action Against Hunger,
and EngenderHealth. He is on the advisory committee
for the LGBT Rights Division at Human
Rights Watch, the LGBT Rights Committee of the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and
the board of directors of Team New York Aquatics.
He studied public policy at Brown University; economic
and political development at Columbia University’s
School of International and Public Affairs;
and law at the University of California, Hastings
College of the Law.
Chris A. Eng is a graduate student in the PhD
program in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
He is interested in questions of knowledge, institutionality,
and the body, working particularly
with Asian/American cultural productions through
theorizations of queer discourses and critical ethnic
Ileana Jiménez has, for the past fifteen years,
been a leader in the field of social justice education.
A 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright
Award in Teaching, her research in Mexico
City focused on creating safe schools for LGBT
youth. In 2005, she founded the New York Independent
Schools LGBT Educators Group, providing
educators professional development and networking
opportunities. At the Little Red School House
& Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) in New York
City, she offers electives on feminism, LGBT literature,
Toni Morrison, and writing memoir. Ileana is
also an associate faculty member at Bard College’s
Institute for Writing and Thinking. Founder and
sole blogger at Feminist Teacher, feministteacher.
com, she received her B.A. in English Literature at
Smith College, and an M.A. in English Literature at
Middlebury College.
Darnell L. Moore is a queer, anti-racist, profeminist
writer and activist who lives in Brooklyn,
NY. He presently serves as the Director of Educational
Initiatives at the Hetrick-Martin Institute
and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study
of Gender and Sexuality at NYU. He is also a Fellow
at the Global Justice Institute. He was appointed
as the inaugural chair of the City of Newark’s Advisory
Commission on LGBTQ Concerns by Mayor
Cory A. Booker and is the co-coordinator, along
with Beryl Satter, of the Queer Newark Oral History
Project. His primary research interests include constructions
and performances of sexual identity and
gender expressions within African-American religious
spaces. His essays, poetry, op-eds and interviews
examining theses issues have been published
in peer-reviewed and professional periodicals like
Trans-scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in
the Humanities, Theology & Sexuality, Black Theology:
An International Journal, Pneuma: Journal for
the Society of Pentecostal Studies, Transforming
Anthropology, Mary: A Literary Quarterly, Lambda
Literary,, and Arts & Understanding.
He also is a contributing writer on Huffington Post,, Mondoweiss, and UrbanCusp, and
he is an Editorial Collective Member of The Feminist
Nick Salvato is Assistant Professor of Theatre and
a member of the graduate faculty of English at Cornell
University. His first book, Uncloseting Drama:
American Modernism and Queer Performance (Yale
University Press, 2010), is part of the series Yale
Studies in English. His articles have appeared in
such journals as Camera Obscura, Journal of Dramatic
Theory and Criticism, TDR: The Drama Review,
Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Modern
Drama, where he guest-edited a special issue on
“Gossip” and where he is the book review editor. His
essay, “Uncloseting Drama: Gertrude Stein and the
Wooster Group,” which won Modern Drama’s award
for Outstanding Essay of 2007, was recently reprinted
in Reading Modern Drama (University of Toronto
Press, 2012). His current book project, “Obstruction,”
investigates the value to intellectual work of
putatively impedimental experiential phenomena
like embarrassment, laziness, cynicism, slowness,
and exhaustion.
John-Paul Sanchez, MD, MPH has focused his
research on the health needs of the LGBT community
in the areas of medical education, sexually
transmitted diseases, and smoking cessation. He
is a founding Board Member of the Bronx Lesbian
and Gay Health Resource Consortium (currently
the Bronx Community Pride Center). He currently
serves as the Chairperson of the Einstein LGBT
Steering Committee of the Albert Einstein College
of Medicine and is charged with building a supportive
institutional climate to support the personal and
professional development of students. Clinically,
he practices emergency medicine at Montefiore
Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
Andrew Spieldenner earned his Ph.D. in Communication
& Culture from Howard University with
an emphasis on health. Dr. Spieldenner has held
positions at the NYC Department of Health, Black
AIDS Institute, the Latino Commission on AIDS and
the National Association of People with AIDS. He is
currently Assistant Professor in the Department of
Speech Communication, Rhetoric and Performance
Studies at Hofstra University. Dr. Spieldenner is
openly living with HIV and a long-time community
advocate with twenty years serving high-risk
populations including racial/ethnic minorities, gay
men and people living with HIV/AIDS. His research
focuses on HIV stigma and disclosure, intercultural
communication, health communication, cultural
studies and sexuality.