Alexis Shotwell is a professor at Carleton University, on unceded Algonquin land. Her academic work addresses settler colonialism, impurity, environmental justice, racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation. Her political work focuses on queer liberation, Indigenous solidarity, and feminist community education. She also gives workshops on reducing suffering in our writing and teaching practices. She is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (aidsactivisthistory.ca), and the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.