Abram (A.J.) Lewis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Abram J. (AJ) Lewis is a postdoctoral fellow in GWSS. AJ's research and teaching areas include queer and feminist theory, disability studies, trans studies, the history of sexuality, postsecular studies, and U.S. activist history. His first book project, The Falling Dream: Unreason and Enchantment in the Gay Liberation Movement examines queer activist challenges to secularism and reason at the end of the social movement era. The book explores how experiments with spells, paranormal powers, psychedelics, and various nonrational states became tools for creating new kinds of political thought and action during the early onset of neoliberalism. He's also working on a second project, a history of "trans" activism before the emergence of the 1990s transgender movement. AJ's writing has appeared in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, Radical History Review, The Scholar & Feminist Online, and the anthology Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility. AJ is also a founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Project, a community archive dedicated to preserving the stories of transgender New Yorkers, built in partnership with the New York Public Library and local activist groups. Prior to coming to Grinnell, AJ held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sexualities Project at Northwestern University.

Education and Degrees

PhD, American Studies, University of Minnesota

BA, Women's and Gender Studies, Columbia University

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