- About the Contributors
Arnaldo M. Cruz-Malavé is professor of Spanish and comparative literature and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza: Hard Tails (2007), a book on the relationship between high art and queer Latino popular culture in the gentrifying New York of the 1980s. He is also the author of a study on the intersections of nationalism and sexuality in the prose fiction of the Cuban neobaroque writer José Lezama Lima, El primitivo implorante, and coeditor, with Martin Manalansan, of Queer Globalization: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (2002). The present article is part of a series of essays on gender and sexuality and Latino New York that the author has been publishing in journals such as the Americas Quarterly and Centro: The Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
Matthew Goldmark is an Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is working on a book manuscript that examines how colonialism and the rhetoric of kinship forge ties between the early modern and contemporary Americas.
Tim R. Johnston received his PhD in philosophy from Stony Brook University, where he wrote on Henri Bergson, affirmation, and LGBT identity. He is now manager of education and training for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. He lectures nationally and internationally on LGBT issues.
Ruthann Lee is assistant professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, who resides on unceded Syilx territory. She draws on her experience as a community educator and video artist to examine the links between media and social activism. She is working on a book about feminist art, relationality, and the politics of decolonization.
Elizabeth Lundberg is an academic adviser at the University of Iowa, where she also received her PhD. Her dissertation examines three uses of “empathy” in post – World War II American fiction, arguing that they share an ambivalence toward embodiment and its relationship to reading. She has published on the intersections of affect theory and science fiction. [End Page 683]
Katrina Daly Thompson is associate professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research concerns the relationships between language, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of identity in Africa, with a focus on Zimbabwe and Tanzania. She is the author of Zimbabwe’s Cinematic Arts: Language, Power, Identity (2012) as well as numerous articles on Swahili discourse.
Niels Van Doorn is assistant professor in new media at the University of Amsterdam. He is completing a book, provisionally titled “Civic Intimacies: Black Queer Collectivity and the Problem of Citizenship,” which is based on his postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Other work derived from this research has been published in Cultural Studies, Environment and Planning D, Qualitative Inquiry, and Culture, Health & Sexuality. His current research, on the public life of intimacy, analyzes the affective infrastructures of neoliberal governmentality, which both indicate and modulate a shift in the way we value life and labor. [End Page 684]