Gail Lewis is an academic in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, where until recently she was head of department, and a psychotherapist. She has worked at the Open University and Lancaster University. Her political subjectivity was formed in the intensities of black feminist and anti-racist struggle and through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens. Among her current concerns is how to bring psychoanalytic and sociological understandings of subjectivity into creative dialogue in the interests of generating 'practice against the grain'. She was a member of the Brixton Black Women's Group and one of the founder members of the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent. She has written on feminism, intersectionality, the welfare state, and racialised-gendered experience. She is an Arsenal fan.