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Michelle O'Brien

Part-time Faculty
714 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Wednesday 2:00 TO 5:00

Michelle Esther O'Brien is a sociologist and practicing psychotherapist. Her research focuses on capitalism and LGBTQ social movements. She has published work in the journals Social Movement Studies; Work, Employment and Society and Historical Materialism. Her work has also appeared in the collective volumes The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (Routledge, 2013) and Transgender Marxism (Pluto, 2021). Her political writing has been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish and Greek. She completed her PhD at NYU and her dissertation, "Class Politics and Queer Movements in New York City," focused on how NYC's changing political economy since the 1970s has shaped LGBTQ organizing. O'Brien previously coordinated the NYC Trans Oral History Project. She worked on the frontlines of HIV and AIDS services, and in NYC's housing justice movements. She has taught at NYU, Lehman College, and Binghamton University. She received the 2017-2018 American Dissertation Fellow from the American Association of University Women. O'Brien is currently studying psychoanalytic theory and practice at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).

Teaching and Research Interests

Interests: queer studies  trans studies  social movement studies  oral history  capitalism  20th century New York City history  political economy  labor organizing  critiques of the family  HIV/AIDS  social welfare  public policy  US Black freedom movement  psychoanalysis 

Michelle O'Brien