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Faculty Bios

All courses are taught by the Institute for Health & Socio-Economic Policy faculty, the research arm of National Nurses United, through the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

KB Burnside-Oxendine

KB received her B.A. in English from Brown University, and her Ph.D. in Literature with a certificate in Feminist Theory from Duke University. Her primary interests include the history of legal thought and Anglo-American legal institutions, discourse and cultural analysis, and contemporary political formations. KB’s graduate research explored how twentieth-century developments in economic theory affected the shift in American legal ideology from communitarian to liberalist paradigms. Other fields of research and published work have focused on processes of normalization and the possibilities for ethical encounter in the context of the criminal justice system. KB’s teaching combines methods from the humanistic disciplines with exploration into contemporary social struggles. She has designed and taught courses that draw upon topics ranging from continental philosophy, legal studies, and political economy, to rhetoric, narrative analysis, and cultural critique. 

Heidi Hoechst

Heidi is lead educator at National Nurses United. She holds a Ph.D. in U.S. Cultural Studies and Literature from the University of California, San Diego. In her classes, she uses socio-cultural systems and structural analysis as a framework for understanding structured advantages and disadvantages that cumulatively contribute to compound socio-economic, health, and life disparities. Her classes build on class based analytics to bring historical context and strategically engaged critical thinking models to movements for economic and social justice. She has taught in a wide array of interdisciplinary Women’s, Gender, Feminist, Sexuality, Critical Race, Critical Legal, Cultural, and American Studies programs at Tulane University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; Auburn State Correctional Facility; the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of California, San Diego.

Omid Mohamadi

Omid received his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Politics with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Using political theory to explore Iranian politics following the revolution in 1979, his graduate research analyzed the shifting dynamics of religion, secularism, social movements, and geopolitics in contemporary Iran. Through an interdisciplinary lens, his courses balance the interventions of theoretical frameworks with lived experiences of social and political struggles throughout the world. Omid has taught a range of courses in feminism and feminist theory, social movements, the politics of the Middle East and Islam, political theory/philosophy and race and class.

Kel Montalvo-Quiñones

Kel received their Ph.D. in Rhetoric with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. Their work is primarily concerned with the relationship between political thought and institutional power, person hood and social life. Kel’s teaching and research engages with the fields of gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnic studies, and social and political theory with specialized focus on critiques of liberalism and neoliberalism. Kel’s courses privilege the interdisciplinary methods and critical frameworks of women of color, queer, and trans epistemologies. They teach course topics ranging from queer theory, urban studies, materialist philosophy, migration and borders, futurism and science fiction, liberalism in political and economic thought, and environmental justice.

Christopher Nielsen

Christopher has a B.A. in anthropology and linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching interests range widely, from the global circulation of drugs and the political economy of migration to political philosophy and theories of digital labor. His current research focuses on the crucial role care work plays in emerging movements to resist and transcend the inequality, precariousness, and violence that have come to characterize our increasingly automated, virtualized, and datafied global economy. He has taught Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture at BYU and Pitt, philosophy at Utah Valley University, the global political economy of both food and pharmaceuticals at Rutgers University, and continuing education on the technological restructuring of healthcare for National Nurses United.

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