H. Rakes earned their PhD at DePaul University in Philosophy. Their research areas include queer theory, queer of color critique, disability studies, trans studies, and women of color feminisms—especially the convergences of these fields. Their most recent publication provides a reading of neocolonial neoliberal flexibility as a practice of white privilege and other forms of privilege by the character Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black. The article is published in the collection Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black: Thirteen Critical Essays, edited by April Kalogeropoulos Householder and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek.
Fall 2016, Dr. Rakes will be teaching QS/WGSS 262: Introduction to Queer Studies, QS/WGSS 364: Transgender Politics, and WGSS 530: Women of Color Feminisms.