Board and Staff
STANLEY ARONOWITZ is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, where he is Director of The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He has taught at Staten Island Community College, University of California-Irvine, University of Paris, Columbia University, and University of Wisconsin. After working in metalworking factories in New York and New Jersey, Aronowitz became a union organizer for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union. He is Founding Editor of Social Text and Situations, was Book Review Editor of Social Policy, and serves on the Editorial Board of Ethnography; Cultural Critique. He has authored and edited 23 books, including False Promises (1973), Science as Power (1988), Roll Over Beethoven (1993), How Class Works (2003), Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of the Jobless Recovery (2005) and Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006). He edited and wrote the introduction for a 4-volume critical reception of C.Wright Mills (2004), and is currently writing a biography of Mills.
MARIA CARNEMOLLA is the Director of Digital and Social Media for Democracy at Work, a non-profit organization in New York City that develops and disseminates resources to generate, inform, advise, and sustain democratically organized enterprises. Maria obtained her Masters Degree in Management from The College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of leadership experience working in Higher Education. Maria has been attending the Left Forum for 20 years. Her passion and enthusiasm for Leftism began in adolescence and continues to this day. She currently lives in Woodland Park, NJ with her husband and two children..
SAMANTHA DESIRE is a long time Brooklyn-based organizer. A board member since January 2017, Samantha is the elected volunteer representative on the Left Forum board of directors. Samantha obtained her Masters Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Policy and Public Administration from Brooklyn College. She is a passionate advocate and organizer and much of her community work has focused on issues affecting youth and children; as a mentor and educator, she has been an advocate of educational opportunity for over 15 years. Since 2010, she has helped to coordinate multiple local Haitian relief efforts, as well as, served as a volunteer with the National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals. Though new to the board, Samantha has been a core left forum organizer for years. Having led efforts and initiatives in registration and volunteer coordination since 2013, she has been instrumental in the implementation of the recent artistic and operational developments of the LF conference
KRISTIN LAWLER is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Her first book, The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism, was published by Routledge in 2011 and examined the politics of American surf culture during the twentieth century. She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; her work has been published there as well as in several edited collections, Z Magazine, and the digital forum of the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Lawler received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a staff organizer for the PSC, the CUNY faculty union. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She is currently at work on her new book, Sabotage: A Political History.
ROB ROBINSON is a Special Adviser to the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. He is co-founder of the Take Back the Land National Movement and a member of the US Human Rights Network. Rob spent two and a half years, homeless in Miami and ten months in a New York City homeless shelter. He eventually escaped his cycle of homelessness and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be chairperson for the first ever official visit of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Rob has worked with homeless populations in Budapest Hungary and Berlin Germany. He is connected with housing movements in South Africa and Brazil. He is a member of a social justice media collective which produces and airs a monthly radio show over WBAI in New York City called Global Movements Urban Struggles.