Red Washburn (them/ them/ theirs) is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY). Red also teaches Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College (CUNY). They are a mentor for the CUNY BA Program in Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. From Fall 2020-2023, they are Co-Editor of WSQ, published by the Feminist Press, supported by the Center for Humanities: Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and interned by students in the MA Program for Women’s and Gender Studies at The Graduate Center. In Fall 2022, they will be teaching in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center. They were a Research Fellow at the Committee for Globalization and Social Change as well as the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Grad Center fall/spring 2018-2020. They were a Visiting Professor at Vassar College summers 2018-2019. They teach first-year composition, women’s and trans literature, queer literature, creative nonfiction, introduction to women’s and gender studies, feminist and trans theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, prison studies, women’s and trans history, civil rights and post-colonial history, and social movements in the United States and Ireland, post- World War II, among other courses.
They received a M.A. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005 and a M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Maryland in 2007. They received a Ph.D. from the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland in 2010. Their dissertation explored transatlantic connections in contemporary Black American and Northern Irish women’s political autobiography, 1960s-1990s.
Their articles appear in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. In 2019, they completed a book chapter, “Endangered Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Community Colleges in #MeToo Times: A Case Study of Kingsborough Community College as a Microcosm of Neoliberal Education,” featured in Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges, edited by Heather Rellihan and Genevieve Carminati. In addition, they recently co-wrote an essay with Kimberly Williams Brown called “Trans-forming Bodies and Bodies of Knowledge: A Case Study of Utopia, Intersectionality, Transdisciplinarity, and Collaborative Pedagogy” for Introduction to Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches, edited by L. Ayu Sarawati, Barbara L. Shaw, and Heather Rellihan in 2020.
Finishing Line Press published their poetry collection Crestview Tree Woman. Their poem “Enjera” appears in the 2015 “Reconciliations” issue of Sinister Wisdom. In 2017, Red co-edited Sinister Wisdom issue 103, in which their piece “156 Avenue and Madison Road” is featured. Their piece “Cherry Blossom Branch” is featured in the 2017 “The Lesbian Body” issue of Sinister Wisdom, and additionally, their essay “Cliff Notes: On Memory, Identity, and Community” is featured in the spring 2019 “Moon and Cormorant” issue of Sinister Wisdom. Red was featured in Grete Miller’s experimental documentary Handmade about patriarchal culture and gender norms as well as interviewed by the Trans Oral History Project. They edited the “Dump Trump: Legacies of Resistance” issue of Sinister Wisdom in the fall in 2018 with Cheryl Clarke, Morgan Gwenwald, and Stevie Jones as well as the 45th Anniversary Sinister Wisdom issue of the Lesbian Herstory Archives with Elvis Bakaitis and Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz in 2020.
They are currently working on several projects. They just finished an essay, “COVID-19: Trans Lives and Trans Studies” for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Fall 2021. Their academic manuscript Irish Women’s Prison Writing: Mother Ireland’s Rebels, 1960s-2010s is forthcoming from Routledge, 2021. They also are working on editing an anthology on Trans/ Feminisms. In addition, poetry manuscript Birch Philosopher X is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, Fall 2021.
Their future work will focus on nonbinary literatures, visual arts, and performance, Nonbinary: Tr@ns-Forming Gender and Genre in Nonbin@ry Literature, Performance, and Visual Art. They received a $40,000 Mellon/ American Council of Learned Societies Community College Faculty Fellowship for this project. They will be working on this book project during their sabbatical Fall 2021-Spring 2022.
Red is a review chair for the National Women’s Studies Association and a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. They also are on the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom and the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS).
Photo Credit: Morgan Gwenwald