Christopher Rivera has studied and / or worked in Turkey, Mexico, Croatia, Argentina, and various parts of the U.S. (including the Midwest and the East Coast). He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Rutgers University and he speaks English, Spanish, a little Portuguese and Turkish. His activism has always come in the form of radical pedagogies both in and outside of the classroom. As Chairperson in the Humanities as at Essex County College, Dr. Rivera is responsible for curricular and student related concerns. He sees his role as an administrator as pivotal to contributing to larger discourses surrounding LGBTQ rights and histories into dominant narratives that govern privilege and disempowerment in the U.S. He is married to a Turkish man and also the proud uncle of Lukas Rivera.