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. 


Ana Hernández (Research Fellow) is a lesbian feminist with roots in Venezuela, Trinidad, and Guyana. Dedicated to ending violence and oppression across issues and identities and building whole, peaceful and thriving communities, Ana works through combined strategies of advocacy for equity, abundance, and autonomy for survivors of violence and oppression; deconstructing existing systems of privilege, power, and control; and building integrated, strong, collective voices, organizations, and coalitions for social change. As an independent consultant, Ana researches, documents, and provides strategic and programmatic support to the movements for immigrant, gender, racial, and economic justice. Ana has worked as an analyst for the Equality Federation and the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities; and directed programs and advocacy for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center. Ana’s essays and analysis have been published on platforms such as Al Jazeera English, Latino Rebels, Venezuelanalysis.com, the Vermont Journalism Trust, and ZCommunications.

Jessica Quiason (Research Fellow) 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) writes about the U.S. White Nationalist movement (including the Alt Right, neonazis, and esoteric fascists), the Patriot movement and militias, and antisemitic currents. 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. He can be contacted via his website and on Twitter @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.