About the Organizers & Sponsors

Meet Jack, Jessa, the APC, and Anne. They are really looking forward to QIS2, i.e. #QIS2!

Jack GiesekingJen Jack Gieseking is a cultural geographer, environmental psychologist, Americanist, and queer-feminist-trans theorist engaged in research on issues of in/justice around gender and sexual identity in digital and material environments. Jack is working on his monograph, A Queer New York: the Gentrification of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008. Jack is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, and holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology. He is co-editor of The People, Place, and Space Reader (Routledge, 2014). Jack identifies as a woman and uses he/him/his pronouns.

Jessa Lingel

Jessa Lingel is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to that, she was a post doctoral research fellow at Microsoft Research New England, working with the Social Media Collective.  She received her PhD in communication and information from Rutgers University.  She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an MA from New York University.  Her research interests include information inequalities and technological distributions of power. Jessa uses she/her/her’s.


The University of Pennsylvania Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality fosters cutting-edge research on women, gender, and sexuality across the disciplines. The Center offers graduate and faculty fellowships, hosts a number of seminar series, and sponsors three named lectureships annually which bring prominent academic, literary, and public figures to campus.

Anne Esacove is Associate Director of the Alice Paul Center or Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women at the University of Pennsylavania. Her research explores how health promotion efforts and social movements attempt to create meaning about and control bodies, sexuality, and gender. She is the author of Modernizing Sexuality: U.S. HIV-Prevention Policy in Sub-Saharan African (Oxford University Press). Her current research examines the natural death movement, including death acceptance efforts, home funerals, and green burial. Anne uses she/her/her’s.

We are deeply grateful to our sponsors: UPenn’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, UPenn Annenberg’s School for Communication, School of Social Policy and Practice, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Price Lab, LGBT Center, Women’s Center and Departments of English and History of Art, and the American Studies Program at Trinity College. Without you, QIS2 would not be possible!