Allison Pugh is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her research and teaching focus on how economic trends – from commodification to job insecurity to automation – shape the way people forge connections and find meaning and dignity at home and at work.

King (she/her/they/their)

Professor King’s work is animated by abolitionist and decolonial traditions within Black Studies and Native/Indigenous Studies. She is the author of The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2020) which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize. She also co-edited Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism (Duke University Press, 2021).


Matthew Chin investigates the histories of racial and sexual formation in the anglophone Caribbean. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how queerness materializes in key moments of Jamaica’s cultural political formation across colonial, post-independence, and neoliberal contexts between 1948-1998.   


Denise Walsh  (PhD New School for Social Research) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her research investigates the quality of democracy.


Lisa Speidel is an Assistant Professor, General Faculty and is also a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Lisa teaches Human Sexualities, Men and Masculinities, Gender Based Violence and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her book The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture from the Margins is being published by Routledge and will be available in December 2019.


Farzaneh Milani completed her graduate studies in Comparative Literature in 1979 at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her dissertation, “Forugh Farrokhzad: A Feminist Perspective” was a critical study of the poetry of a pioneering Iranian poet. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women Studies in America, Milani was the recipient of All University Teaching Award in 1998 and nominated for Virginia Faculty of the Year in 1999.


Selected Publications:

Meyer, Doug.  2015.  Violence against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Meyer, Doug.  Forthcoming.  “Omar Mateen as U.S. Citizen, Not Foreign Threat: Homonationalism and LGBTQ Online Representations of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting.”  Sexualities (published online, ahead of print).


Lanice Avery is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Gender, Women & Sexuality. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose overarching research interest is in the promotion of healthy gender and sexual development among socially marginalized and stigmatized groups. Specifically, her work examines Black women’s intersectional identity and how the negotiation of hegemonic gender ideologies and racial stereotypes are associated with negative psychological and sexual outcomes.


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