Elena Gambino was the co-winner of the Leo Strauss Award, which is presented annually by the American Political Science Association to honor the best doctoral dissertation in political philosophy. (Sept 2020)

Elena Gambino is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She works at the intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race theories, focusing in particular on how everyday political actors have developed and deployed these traditions to build coalitions, how they seek to contest and repair the inequalities that underpin modern political communities, and how they imagine radical futures premised on racial and sexual accountability. At Rutgers, Elena teaches courses in the Women and Politics subfield, where she brings together ideas at the intersection of political theory, feminist theory, and histories of sexuality. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2019 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College in 2019-2020.