Fellows are independent scholars who share their expertise with PRA
through one of the organization’s projects or program areas. Inclusion
into the PRA community as a Fellow is by invitation. While limited funding may be available to support fellowships, it is typically a volunteer service to PRA.
Jessica Quiason, Research Fellow
Jessica is a strategic researcher who feels empowered when she can use research to elucidate the details of systems of oppression in order to upend them. She is proud to have worked alongside labor unions, environmental justice organizations, and community organizations in Massachusetts as well as in New York, supporting organizing campaigns and progressive political reform at the city and state level. She also loves to cook for people as she strongly believes fostering community and solidarity is easiest when food is involved.
Spencer Sunshine, Ph.D. (associate fellow) is an independent journalist who researches the Patriot movement, unorthodox fascist currents, left/right crossover movements, and left-wing antisemitism. He is the lead author of the 2016 report Up In Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement, which is a collaboration between PRA and Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project. Read articles by Spencer. Follow him on Twitter at @transform6789.
Carl Williams, Research Fellow, is a movement lawyer, organizer and scholar-activist dedicated to creating the conditions where people are free from all systems of oppression. Carl has practiced criminal and civil rights law in Massachusetts for over twelve years. He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and most recently served as a racial justice attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts. A long-time resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Carl is an activist, organizer and public advocate on issues of war, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and for Black and Palestinian liberation. He is member of the National Lawyers Guild, and currently serves as co-chair of its Massachusetts Board of Directors. Carl was part of the legal defense for the the Occupy Boston movement, providing legal, bail, and court support and training to the thousands of participant-organizers. In 2015, he served on the working group that organized the inaugural Law for Black Lives convening, and was a featured speaker in its RadTalks event. Recently, Carl was a Givelber Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where he taught on social justice movements and the law. In the fall of 2018, Carl will be a practitioner-in-residence at Cornell Law School teaching a course on the history and theory of movement lawyering. Carl is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Carl tweets at @carltonwilliams.