Organize the Lab: Theory and Practice
Calvin Wu studies the physiology of hearing at the University of Michigan. He organizes with the Ann Arbor chapter of SftP.
Iraj Eshghi is working towards his PhD in theoretical biophysics at NYU. Besides uncovering the physical underpinnings of life, he is dedicated to dismantling the systems of injustice imposed on us all. In particular, he is passionate about labor rights and urban planning that strives for equality.
Shua Sanchez is a physicist and labor organizer. Originally from Wisconsin, he has been active in political and labor organizing across the United States. During his PhD at the University of Washington, he served as an elected Bargaining Committee and Executive Board Member over five years with his union, UAW4121. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studies superconductivity and atomically-thin magnetic materials with potential applications for low-power electronics and energy technologies.
Glenn Houlihan is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Iowa (UI). His current research focuses on how elite sports institutions and teams are adapting to, or seeking to mitigate, the climate crisis. He is also Chief Campus Steward of COGS/UE Local 896, the graduate worker union at UI.
John Tappen is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Iowa (UI) researching culture, labor, and the environment. He is a Teaching Assistant and member of COGS/UE 896.
Trent McDonald is a New Jersey-based staff organizer with Rutgers AAUP-AFT, a member of the Interim Steering Committee for Higher Ed Labor United (HELU), and a past worker organizer with the WashU Undergraduate & Graduate Workers Union (WUGWU).
Jewel Tomasula is a sixth year PhD candidate in the Biology Department at Georgetown University and former president of Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE)
Lizzy Karnaukh teaches chemistry and math at an independent high school in Boston. She received her PhD in computational quantum chemistry at Boston University, where she studied the electronic structure of cytochrome c proteins in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She loves integrating history and sociology of science into her teaching.
Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar is a graduate student worker in the MIT Media, Arts and Sciences PhD program and an organizer with the MIT Graduate Student Union.
Ruth Hanna is a graduate student worker in the MIT Biology PhD program and an organizer with the MIT Graduate Student Union.
Ki-Jana Carter is a former graduate student worker in the MIT Materials Science and Engineering PhD program and an organizer with the MIT Graduate Student Union.
Sam Bartusek is an organizer of Student Workers of Columbia (SWC) and PhD student in Earth and Environmental Science, studying climate dynamics and extreme heat.
Paul Brown, SWC organizer and Chemistry PhD student researching on energy transport in materials.
Tess Jacobson, SWC organizer and PhD student in Earth and Environmental Science researching on climate dynamics and wildfires.
Claire Warner, SWC organizer and PhD student in Physics researching on ultracold atomic and molecular physics.
Avi Zeff, SWC organizer and PhD student in Mathematics researching on number theory and p-adic geometry.