Joshua Burford

Director of Outreach & Lead Archivist

Joshua Burford (Director of Community Engagement) is an award-winning historian, archivist, and educator with over 20 years of experience creating stronger communities for Queer and Transgender people across the U.S. He is perhaps best known for his work to preserve and make accessible the Queer history of the American South through the development of archival collections and

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Maigen Sullivan

Director of Research & Development

Maigen Sullivan has over 10 years of experience in community outreach, grant management, organizational development, and social justice education. Maigen earned her BA in History and her MA in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (UA). During her time as a graduate student at UA, Maigen was an instructor of Women’s Studies for the Department of Gender

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Hooper Schultz

Mississippi Coordinator

Hooper Schultz, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Masters in the Study of Southern Culture and North Carolina native, will spend the summer in Birmingham, AL conducting interviews.  While a graduate student, Schultz’s research focused on the history of LGBTQ activism in North Carolina, specifically the Carolina Gay Association and the

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Shannon Wheeler


Shannon Wheeler (Intern) is a senior at The University of Alabama studying public relations with minors in criminal justice and psychology. Her biggest passion in life is improving the lives of animals as seen in her previous experience working and volunteering with them. However, she is also incredibly passionate about LGBT+ history, people, and causes. As

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Sammy Sawyer


Sammy Sawyer (Intern) is a sophomore at The University of Alabama studying English and Economics with minors in History, Italian, and Liberal Arts. He is specifically interested in researching Queer literature in the South. He is also working in his hometown of Atlanta and helping to prepare for the iHP expansion into Georgia.

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