The Board of Directors of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies has named Matt Brim as the Center’s new Executive Director. Brim is Professor of Queer Studies and English at the College of Staten Island and an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at The Graduate Center. A CLAGS board member from 2008-2014, Brim publishes on class dynamics in queer studies (Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University, Duke University Press, 2020; Queer Sharing in the Marketized University, Routledge, 2023); queer feminist research methods (Imagining Queer Methods, NYU Press, 2019); and Black queer studies (James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, University of Michigan Press, 2014). Until recently, he served as academic director of the CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP) and as faculty co-director for the Mellon-funded Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) initiative.

Founded in 1991, CLAGS is the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States. The Center nurtures cutting-edge scholarship, organizes events for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives, and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members. Its current programming arc features a “Queer of Color/Trans of Color Conversations Series” and a “Queer-Class Relations Speaker Series.” All of CLAGS’s programming is free, accessible, and open to the public.

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