Author Bios

  • Anne:

This instrument is a kora, which is a 21-string bridge harp built on a calabash. It is from Bamako, Mali, West Africa. Yes, I DO play this instrument. And yes, that’s me playing it in the picture.

I was born knowing the rules of standard English grammar and remain attached to those rules. But after many years on this planet, I think that the grammatical disaster of “they” for the second person singular is brilliant. I am not singular. You can call me “they.” Or you can call me “hey.” Anne works too.

  • AP

AP is an introverted extrovert, feminist, ally and student of life who is always willing to listen, learn and stand up for what she believes in. She is still trying to figure out where her life is taking her, and hopes to contribute something significant to the world around her – no matter how big or small.

  • Claire P:

I am a big science nerd who complains about my Genetics major all the time, but at the end of the day I still find everything from nucleotide mutations to evolution absolutely fascinating. I’m a white, cis-gendered woman who grew up in an upper-middle class family and a ridiculous privileged suburb of Chicago. To be honest, I feel like in this type of space I should say something about my sexuality, and I’m not sure what to put. I am currently dating a straight, cis man who is awesome, but if that relationship were to end… Who the heck knows what the gender identity of my next partner would be? I sure don’t. Also, I love knitting.

  • Claire Strosahl Udell:

Claire Strosahl Udell is an enthusiastic feminist, ally, and (hopefully) a future therapist. She passionately believes in the power of education and empathy. She’s also pretty obsessed with this quote: “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin

  • Kelsey Foster:

I’m a senior major in Gender & Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies. My interests include fat positivity, the Internet, and literature. I’m bisexual and find it difficult to be serious about most topics longer than three minutes. I’ll try not to swear too much but make no promises.

Olivia Jonynas

I am a conceptual thinker who finds defining myself in a paragraph an impossibly minimizing task. With acknowledgment that I am always evolving, here’s my best shot! I am a femme-y fierce feminist majoring in psychology, gender and women’s studies, and LGBT studies. My current job is as the outreach coordinator for PAVE (promoting awareness, victim empowerment), a student organization working to end sexual assault and dating violence! I do not identify my sexuality, considering that the gender and sex binaries are totally restricting (I’m attracted to and love all types of people, gender and sex combos of all kinds). Cis-gendered, able-bodied, and white, I benefit from quite a bit of privilege.

Throughout my 4 years in college, I have learned one deeply important lesson: I know nothing, and those around me will teach me as long as my eyes are open. So what I would like most from this blog is for you to teach me. Oh yeah, and I hip-hop dance.


  • Quince:

I’m an angry black cissy-fagboy pervert born and raised in the midwest. I like to dance, sing, read, and bake. I daydream constantly about fleeing madison, wisconsin, for ANYWHERE ELSE. I’m an undergraduate Afro-American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies expert. I have a cat named Magenta, he keeps me sane and peachy. I like books and critical dialogue/theory! And I also love loud, obnoxious people. CHEERS!

  • Maria!
Hello! My name is Maria and I was born and raised in Chicago. I love to learn and will be teaching in New York City next fall. For fun I cook, dance, scrapbook, discuss Latin American politics, and watch sports. As a first generation college student (and daughter of recently arrived immigrants), I did the unthinkable and only took classes I was interested in. This led me to academic areas of study in Gender & Women’s Studies, Latin American History, Chican@ Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and Educational Policy Studies. These classes taught me to critically analyze all of my intersectionalities with one another; from the privilege of being a light skinned Latina, to being comfortable and not thinking twice about what I wear, I have learned to acknowledge my privileges and how to use them to my advantage to fight for causes I believe in. My biggest passion has become striving for equity in education.  Showing students how to become agents, for themselves and their communities, of social change and how to do it (Something I learned through my undergrad) is what I will strive to model for my students. 


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