Fellows and Contributors

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. 




Tope Fadiran (associate fellow) is working on issues of religious liberty and racial, gender, and LGBTQ justice. She is the founder and editor of Are Women Human?, a space for queer feminist and critical race analysis of religion and media. As a freelance writer she has contributed to The Guardian, Salon, Religion Dispatches, R.H. Reality Check, Ebony.com, and other outlets. Fadiran was a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Science Department at Harvard. Read articles by Tope.

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.


AbbyScher_1605_Portrait_040_v1_LRAbby Scher is a sociologist and writer who regularly contributes articles about the Right and politics to national publications.  She is former editorial director of Political Research Associates, where she also served as interim research director. PRA draws regularly on her expertise related to conservative women and antilabor initiatives by the economic Right.



Mariya Strauss is PRA’s former economic justice researcher and a former guest editor for The Public Eye magazine. A Maryland-based freelance writer, her investigative journalism and commentary have been published in The Nation, at the GlobalComment blog, and The Public Eye magazine, among others. You can follow her on Twitter at @mariyastrauss.



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.