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Meeting ID 934 0783 9122
The fourth in our series of conversations between American Studies alums and their SCA faculty mentors.
Marisol LeBrón is associate professor in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author of Against Muerto Rico: Lessons from the Verano Boricua (Editora Educación Emergente, 2021) and Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019). Along with Yarimar Bonilla she is the co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is also one of the co-creators of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital humanities project about the Puerto Rican debt crisis.
Rana M. Jaleel is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. She holds a PhD in American Studies from New York University, a JD from the Yale Law School, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2013-2015, Dr. Jaleel was the Center for Reproductive Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School. Dr. Jaleel’s work examines the politics of evidence: how concepts like reproductive labor, sex/gender, race, property, and sexuality are sustained or transformed through the recognition, narration, and redress of harm. Her first book, The Work of Rape (Duke University Press, 2021), received the Author of Color First Book Award from Duke University Press. She is currently co-editing with Evren Savci the forthcoming South Atlantic Quarterly issue, “Queer/Trans of Color Transits and the Global Imaginaries of Racial Capitalism.” At UC Davis, Dr. Jaleel is a 2021-2024 College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Faculty Fellow. She is the Chair of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group and the co-director of HATCH: The Feminist Arts & Sciences Initiative, funded by the Mellon Research Initiative. Dr. Jaleel is a board member for The Critical Ethnic Studies Journal and a part of its Editorial Collective. A longtime member of the American Association of University Professors, she presently serves on Committee A, the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
Emily L. Thuma is an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. Thuma is an interdisciplinary historian of the twentieth-century United States who works at the intersection of American studies, feminist and queer studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and critical carceral studies. Her research focuses on social movements, legal reform, and the politics and lived experience of criminalization and incarceration since the 1960s. She is the author of All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence (University of Illinois Press), which won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBTQ Studies and was a finalist for the 2020 Mary Nickliss Prize for Best Book in Gender and Women’s History from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the 2020 Lora Romero Prize for Best First Book in American Studies from the American Studies Association.
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