Akwugo Emejulu joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in February 2017 as Professor of Sociology. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer and the founding Programme Director of the MSc Social Justice and Community Action at the University of Edinburgh.
She has studied and been engaged in grassroots activism/organizing in both the United States and Britain. Akwugo Emejulu completed her PhD as a political sociologist from the University of Strathclyde. Her projects include “Minority Women’s Activism in Tough Times” with Dr. Leah Bassel. Akwugo Emejulu is committed to investigating the social and economic inequalities and specifically how these inequalities interact with diverse intersecting positions of race, ethnicity, and gender.
She has research interests in two main areas: investigating ethnic and gender inequalities in a comparative perspective and exploring expressions of political identity and agency within the micro-politics of community development and community organising. She is currently the co-principal investigator for comparative research project 'Minority Women in Tough Times' which examines minority and migrant women's activism against austerity in France and the United Kingdom.
Aminata Cairo is the Lector of Inclusive Education at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences, a former Policy Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Leiden, and before that an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Aminata Cairo is the first Policy Officer of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Originally from Suriname, she was raised in the Netherlands. Aminata Cairo pursued her higher education in the United States and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from Berea College, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. After working several years as a therapist in community mental health she returned to the University of Kentucky to pursue a second Master’s and Ph.D. Degree in Medical Anthropology with a special interest in Mental Health and Culture.
Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.
Ann Phoenix is Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Her research is mainly about social identities and the links between psychological experiences and social processes. She co-directs the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre funded by the Department for Education and is the Principal Investigator on NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Analyses), an ESRC-Funded node of the National Centre for Research Methods. Her books and special journal issues include: Black, White or Mixed Race? (2002 with Barbara Tizard), Routledge; Young Masculinities (2002, with Stephen Frosh and Rob Pattman), Palgrave; Parenting and Ethnicity (2007 with Fatima Husain), JRF and edited special issues on ‘Intersectionality’ (with Pamela Pattynama, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 2006); ‘Living in Translation: Voicing and Inscribing Women’s Lives and Practices’ (2011, with Kornelia Slavova, European Journal of Women’s Studies) and ‘Multiculturalism, Identity and Family Placement’ (2012, with John Simmonds, Adoption and Fostering).
Rhonda R. Snook
Rhonda R. Snook is an evolutionary research biologist, primarily focusing on how interactions between the sexes influences each sex’s evolution. This focus ranges from how such interactions may change genes, cells, and organism physiology and morphology to how climate change may influence these interactions. Her interest in gender and diversity is personal, rather than from a professional training perspective, and lead her to be involved in grassroots initiatives at the University of Sheffield to address gender biases in academia. She has served as Chair of the Women’s Network, co-wrote both her departmental and University applications for Athena SWAN (a UK program established to recognize good practice in advancing the careers of academic women in STEM fields) Silver status, and helped establish the University’s Gender Equality Committee which supports and advises the University on measures addressing gender equality.
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