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Michelle O'Brien

New Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 412

Office Hours
Monday 10:45-12:45
Wednesday 1-2 Remote by Appt.

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