Alexandra C.H. Nowakowski, PhD, MPH Florida State University United States
Xan Nowakowski, PhD, is on the faculty at Florida State University in Medicine and Sociology, and proudly serves on the editorial board for PLAID. Xan lives with a chronic autoimmune disease of the mucous membranes that is similar to cystic fibrosis, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Their work focuses on the experience and management of chronic conditions, including advocacy for members of marginalized populations. Racial and ethnic inequality and the experiences of sexual and gender minorities are particular emphases in Xans research and outreach. Xan has a PhD and MS in Medical Sociology from FSU, an MPH in Health Systems and Policy from Rutgers University, and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.
J. E. Sumerau, PhD University of Tampa United States
J Sumerau, PhD, is on the faculty at the University of Tampa, and previously taught at FSU while earning a PhD in Sociological Social Psychology. J lives with bipolar, depersonalization, and PTSD as well as chronic leg pain due to severe injuries. J also experiences this world as a bisexual, genderqueer agnostic, and in so doing, experiences many ways marginalized identities interact with chronic conditions throughout our daily lives. Zir work focuses on gender, sexuality, religion, and health, and a diverse array of social inequalities that intersect with these areas. Advocacy is likewise a major emphasis for J in all pursuits. In addition to holding a PhD and MS from FSU, J has a BS in Sociology from Augusta University, serves as the director of applied sociology at zir institution and regularly conducts evaluation research on the effectiveness of social programs for diverse communities.