Scott Branson

  • Lecturer

Biography

Scott Branson earned a PhD in comparative literature at Emory University, and a Masters in humanities and social thought at New York University. Their teaching and research focuses on feminist and queer theory, particularly Black feminism and the Black radical tradition, decolonial feminism, anarchism, and experimental world literature.

Scott’s book, Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide, will be published by Pluto Press in October 2022. The book offers ways to infuse everyday life with ideas of mutual responsibility and collective liberation, combining anarchist and feminist approaches to relationships, work, and living. Their translation of the queer theorist and gay liberation militant Guy Hocquenghem’s second book, Gay Liberation after May 68, was published in April 2022 through Duke University Press’s Theory Q Series. Scott wrote a critical introduction that situates Hocquenghem’s queer anarchism in relation to current liberation movements. Scott translated longtime prison abolitionist, anarchist, ex-prisoner, and psychologist, Jacques Lesage De La Haye’s The Abolition of Prison (AK Press, 2021). Their edited volume, Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies will be published by PM Press in January 2023. Scott also writes poetry, makes art, plays music, and is a frequent co-host on the anarchist radio show/podcast The Final Straw Radio. 

Books:

  • Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Your Daily Life, (forthcoming October 2022, Pluto Press)
  • Editor, and introduction, Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies (forthcoming January 2023, PM Press) (recipient of Mellon/JEC grant)
  • Translator and critical introduction, Guy Hocquenghem, L’Après-mai des faunes/Gay Liberation After May 68 (1974). (April 2022, Duke University Press, Theory Q series eds. Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant)
    • Excerpts from this book have been solicited and published in The Baffler and Ill Will Editions
  • Translator, Jacques Lesage de la Haye, L’Abolition de la Prison/The Abolition of Prison (2019) (AK Press, July 2021)

Peer-reviewed essays:

  • “For a Tranarchist Feminism: Transition as Care and Struggle,” Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power special issue on anarchism and feminism (forthcoming Winter 2022)

  • “Planned Obsolescence, or the Fate of Prose in Lytton Strachey’s Biographies,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 23.4 (2017): 533-558.

  • “Gide, Wilde and the Death of the Novel”, Modern Language Notes 127 (2012): 1226–1248

Fall 2022

Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies — GSFS 101
Academic Writing Through Transition — LLAB 101
Abortion Before and After Dobbs: The Rise of the Right and the Failures of Feminism — GSFS 258

Spring 2023

Transgender Literature: Transition, Narrative, and Desire — ENGL 217
Transgender Literature: Transition, Narrative, and Desire — GSFS 217
Abortion Before and After Dobbs: The Rise of the Right and the Failures of Feminism — GSFS 258
Queering Prison Abolition and Transformative Justice — GSFS 335