Dr. Jo Aurelio Giardini is a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins Society of Fellows in the Humanities, working jointly with the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center. Their research focuses on twentieth-century poetics, communalist and separatist movements, literary genre, and the intersection of political economy, racial capitalism, and the history of sexuality. They received their PhD from Johns Hopkins’ Department of English in 2022, with a dissertation titled Separations: Communalist and Alter-Urban Imaginaries in 1970s American Literature. As a fellow, they will be pursuing research on the closure of Johns Hopkins’ Gender Identity Clinic in the late 1970s, and the importance of this clinic to local and global trans histories. Additionally, they will be teaching for the WGS program and working on library collections development, especially related to queer and trans literary history.