Eleni Schirmer is a scholar, writer, and activist from Madison, WI. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Educational Policy and Curriculum & Instruction. Her research cuts across sociology of education, labor studies and history, investigating the contradictory capacities of social movements – particularly teachers’ unions – to shape institutions, identities and ideas. Her writings on struggles over public education and public-sector unionism have appeared in Dissent, Jacobin, Labor Notes and The Progressive. She’s also written essays in espnW, on topics ranging from Serena Williams’ love of poetry to womens’ marches of 2017, to the endeavors of the neighborhood jogger. Schirmer currently splits her time between her hometown of Madison, WI and Montréal, Quebec.