Benjamin Shepard, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Human Service at New York School of Technology/City University of New York. He is the author/editor of six books including Queer Politics and Political Performance: Play, Pleasure, and Social Movement, White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic, From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization. His forthcoming works include: Play, Creativity, and the New Community Organizing, Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services, and The Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York City's Public Spaces (co authored with Greg Smithsimon). Further his writing has appeared in anthologies including, Nobody Passes, That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, Democracy’s Moment: Renewing Democracy for the 21st Century and Teamsters and Turtles: Leftist Movements Today and Tomorrow, and journals including: Working USA, Radical Society, Lambda Book Review, Monthly Review, Sexualities, the Journal of Progressive Human Services, Antioch Review, Monthly Review, and Drain. He has done organizing work with ACT UP, SexPanic!, Reclaim the Streets New York, Times UP, CIRCA, CitiWide Harm Reduction, Housing Works, and the More Gardens Coalition. http://www.benjaminheimshepard.com/