My work as a historian is intimately tied to my life as an activist. My first women’s history course brought me to grassroots feminism and my activism continues to shape my practice of history.
I am an associate professor of history in the Social Science Department and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Option at CUNY – LaGuardia Community College. Courses offered include US History, the History of Women and Gender, Politics of Sexuality, and African American History. Service work at LaGuardia is driven by my commitment to a more affirming campus for all students. It includes serving as the faculty liaison to the Women’s Center and Safe Zone Hub, the faculty coordinator for the archives Queer Advisory Team, the creator and chair of the faculty and staff LGBTQIA group, and the programming coordinator for the WGS Option. Beyond campus, I serve as co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History.
Presently, I am preparing a manuscript on the history of lesbian feminism as a distinct social movement, focusing on the California activists who shaped the national network of lesbian separatist politics and culture.
My twenty-plus years of activism includes extensive involvement in women’s, LGBTQ, and union rights movements. This work includes everything from community-based grassroots service to statewide organizing. Lesbian-identified, reproductive justice activist, union broad.