REN-YO HWANG currently resides in Western Massachusetts and teaches
in South Hadley, MA, formerly Norwottuck tribal territory of the Pocumtuc native peoples until displacement by colonial settlement of New England.
Ren-yo Hwang is invested in community-based participatory action research and collaborative ethnography as a means to popularize and map abolitionist and insurgent knowledge-making practices, processes and alternative "our"chives. Their current research work is most concerned with questions of transformative justice, community and state accountability, and queer/trans* of color liberation.
Ren-yo teaches at Mount Holyoke College in the Department of Gender Studies and Critical Social Thought, with a doctorate in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside. Their first book project examines Los Angeles as a transnational site, over the course of three critical decades (1980s-2010s), in which vexed and coercive partnerships between law enforcement agencies and LGBTQ/immigrant communities and organizations were unjustly brokered through the establishment of state-sponsored "antiviolence" strategies, particularly what is argued as the carceral enumeration of hate crimes data, discourse and policy.
Ren-yo received their master’s degree in Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. While residing in Los Angeles for eight years, Ren-yo collaborated with organizations such as Dignity and Power Now (formerly the Coalition to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails), California Coalition for Women Prisoners-LA, Gender Justice Los Angeles, St. John's Transgender Health Program (South LA), UAW 2865 E-Board and Anti-Oppression Committee, and formerly Data Center-LA and Letsgo! Liberation Trans Legal Clinic (LGL).
Previous to living in Los Angeles, Ren-yo resided in New York, NY, and served as a volunteer and community member of organizations such as Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. These vital experiences of working within queer/trans* of color led community organizations continues to form and guide their pedagogy, community research and political collaborations.