AJ is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. They are an alumnus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where they graduated cum laude. Their current research is located at the nexus of mass incarceration, environmental racism, and racial stratification under capitalism. AJ focuses on historical, qualitative, and quantitative methods, and their work is inspired by their experiences within prison abolition and trans liberation movement work. Other research interests of theirs include transmasculinity, globalization, identity politics and social movements, critical race theory, and anti-capitalism.
Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, AJ lived in New York City, where they conducted research at Columbia University on the safe sex practices of young gay and bisexual men, and at the Vera Institute of Justice, where they conducted research with incarcerated trans people across the United States. With a background in creative writing, AJ has published pieces in Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal, How to Wait: An Anthology of Transition, and Families in Transition: Parenting Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, among others.
B.A., Social Action/Social Change with a Concentration in Creative Writing, cum laude. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2017.