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OUr Team! 
Dr. Carly Thomsen

Carly Thomsen is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. Currently, she is writing Queering Reproductive Justice(under contract with University of California press) and collaborating with artists and activists to enable the text’s ideas to circulate more broadly. She is also the author of Visibility Interrupted: Rural Queer Life and the Politics of Unbecoming and the producer of a related documentary film, In Plain Sight. Her work on LGBTQ activism, queer rurality, reproductive justice, intersectionality, and feminist pedagogy is published in various journals, including: Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Feminist Studies; Feminist Formations; Journal of Lesbian Studies; and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice. For more information about her work, see

Sophie Hochman

Sophie Hochman is a Middlebury College student from San Francisco studying Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Sociology. She first worked with Dr. Thomsen in her Politics of Reproduction course, wherein she co-created a website and social media campaign to familiarize the Middlebury community with the common criminalization of Black motherhood. She is excited to be working on the Queering Reproductive Justice project because of its capacity to engage her non-GSFS friends in work typically reserved for the classroom, through the process of making art. 

Cat La Roche

Cat La Roche is a senior Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies major from the Jersey Shore. She has taken two classes with Dr. Thomsen—Beyond Intersectionality and Introduction to Queer Critique—which have served to illustrate the enormous breadth of both queer studies and reproductive justice. Cat is excited to see how art’s wit, humor, and beauty will contribute to this project.

Rayn Lily Bumstead

Rayn Bumstead is a Middlebury College student from Edgewater Florida studying Sociology and Studio Art. She first worked with Dr. Thomsen on The Games Project doing graphic and website design. Rayn is interested in the relationship between art and activist movements and its potential and innate ability to communicate complex ideas and theories.

Kayla Richards

 Kayla is from Brooklyn, NY. At Middlebury she majors in International and Global Studies with concentrations in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, African politics, and French. She’s taken two courses with Dr. Thomsen: Politics of Reproduction and Intro to Queer Critique. Wherein she created a version of the classic card game BS to raise awareness about CPCs and a podcast dissecting the language of identity respectively.


Luna Gizzi is a Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies major from Berkeley, CA. During Introduction to Queer Critique, she translated Michael Cobb’s Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled into two versions of Twister for middle schoolers and Middlebury students. She is excited to be part of a project that has challenged her to learn how to talk about feminist and queer topics outside of the essay format.

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