Rana Jaleel, co-director, is an Assistant Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Dr. Jaleel’s current book project examines how the transnational production of feminist legal and cultural knowledge about sexual violence generates new conceptualizations of gender, war, race, labor, and justice that further global capitalism. 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, where she also completed her undergraduate education.

Sara Giordano, co-director, is an Assistant Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Dr. Giordano received a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University in 2008 and has worked as an ethics consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their research focuses on critical science literacy, the democratization of science and questions of scientific accountability more generally.   

Tim Choy, co-director, is an Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology. His research interests include ecological discourses and practices; atmospheres; human-nonhuman relations; scale, specificity, exemplarity; Hong Kong & U.S. He is the author of Ecologies of Comparison and coauthor of Mycorrhizal relations: A mushroom manifesto.

 Jeanne Vaccaro, Mellon postdoctoral fellow in feminist arts and sciences, works on queer ecologies and transgender aesthetics. She received her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University and her book in process, Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender, was awarded the Arts Writers Grant by Creative Capital / the Andy Warhol Foundation. At UC Davis she is teaching graduate courses on queering cure, soft architecture, and transgender performance.

Alex Fine, graduate fellow, is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies and organizes the Queer-Feminist-Trans cluster.