ITSJ Faculty 2017 |
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ITSJ Faculty 2017

Core Faculty

Christopher Tinson, associate professor of Africana studies and history, earned a Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds an M.A. in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

His interdisciplinary research and teaching focuses on the intersections between Africana radical traditions, U.S. ethnic studies, hip-hop culture, critical media studies, incarceration, community-based education, and race and sports. His writings have been published in The Black Scholar, The Journal of African American History, The Nation, and Radical Teacher. He currently resides in Holyoke, Massachusetts and has conducted workshops at various college campuses, high schools, and juvenile detention centers in the area, and serves as a youth mentor. Since 2006 he has hosted TRGGR Radio, a Hip-Hop-rooted social justice radio program.

His recently taught courses include Cultures of the African Diaspora, Black Radicalism in the U.S. and Beyond, 1960s and 1970s; and Framing Blackness: African Americans and Mass Media in the U.S. In addition to establishing an introductory African American Studies course, his new courses include: The Life and Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois; Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing, Imprisonment and the Politics of Control; and African Americans and the Politics of Reparations.

Stephen Dillon, assistant professor of queer studies, holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in American Studies with a minor in critical feminist and sexuality studies from the University of Minnesota.

His scholarly interests include queer studies, race and white supremacy, critical prison studies, transgender studies, American studies, critical theory, and feminist studies. His research focuses on the racial, gender, and sexual politics of the late twentieth-century U.S. prison system. In particular, he is interested in the forms of knowledge produced by post-1960s prisoners and activists as they confronted a new state form he calls the “neoliberal-carceral state.”

His publications include “‘The Only Freedom I Can See’: Imprisoned Queer Writing and the Politics of the Unimaginable,” published in the edited collection Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison-Industrial Complex; “Possessed by Death: The Neoliberal-Carceral State, Black Feminism, and the Afterlife of Slavery,” published in a special issue of Radical History Review on “Genealogies of Neoliberalism”; and “‘It's Here, It's That Time’: Race, Queer Futurity, and the Temporality of Violence in Born in Flames,” published in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Fugitive Life: Race, Sexuality, and the Rise of the Neoliberal-Carceral State, and an essay on Michel Foucault’s unpublished work with the “Prison Information Group.”

Roosbelinda Cárdenas, holds a B.A. in economics and anthropology/sociology from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her teaching and research focuses on identity and rights for Afro-descendants in Latin America and social theory of race and racism, social movements, place and displacement, and human rights. She takes an engaged ethnographic approach to teaching and is particularly interested in the intersections of knowledge production and activism.

Professor Cárdenas has also conducted research on sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and has worked with International Planned Parenthood Federation and major SRH rights organizations in several countries in the region. Her research there, which is focused on increasing access and quality of care, has focused on abortion.

Will MacAdams is a playwright, director, and visiting assistant professor of theatre who has worked in theater in the U.S., South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia. Past projects include: a series of four plays in agricultural communities in upstate New York and the California Central Valley, including his play Bountiful, which he performed in Brazil, Mexico, and across the U.S.; Peter Handke’s Kaspar, performed by theater students in Johannesburg at the beginning of the Mandela era (director);  Eye to Eye, an original play about racism and youth-police relations, created with future police officers and young people from New Haven, CT (director); and Cruising the Divide, an interview-inspired play with young theater makers at Actors Theatre of Louisville about divides of race and class during the celebration of the Kentucky Derby (playwright).


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