The Center For Communist Studies Research Fellows and Associates

The Center For Communist Studies Leadership Team is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center, logistics, research, and publications.

TJ Combs

TJ Combs is a student, a worker, and an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He has a particular interest in organizing around the liberation of oppressed nations within Amerikkkan empire, and he prides himself on being a principled Marxist-Leninist, working every day for the fulfillment of the historical mission of the working class.

Ethan Deere

Ethan Deere is an educator dedicated to the proliferation of Marxism-Leninism and liberatory education. His research interests include the philosophy and history of science, educational psychology, and pedagogy. He currently teaches at the secondary level in the Midwest United States.

Ember Kelley

Ember Kelley is a 2018 graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary. She is pursuing work in the educational field in Vietnam. Her research interests include: intersections of religion and theology, LGBT Issues, Juche, and analysis of popular culture.

Ember works as the treasurer for the CCS.

Ben Stahnke

Ben Stahnke is Ph.D. candidate and doctoral fellow at Antioch University in the Department of Environmental Studies, where he is currently conducting research for his dissertation on the intersection of ecology and philosophy. Ben holds an M.S. in environmental studies, an M.A. in social and political philosophy from Antioch, and a B.A. in philosophy and anthropology from The Evergreen State College. Ben's writing has been featured in Climate and Capitalism, Forward! Popular Theory and Practice, and elsewhere.

Ben works as the social media and publications coordinator for the CCS.

J. Zolotin

J. Zolotin is a public defender, a scholar, and an author. Trained as a lawyer and an historian, he has studied societies and the forces that shape them, from the classical to the late medieval, all over the globe. He is a diligent Marxist-Leninist, working to advance the cause of scientific socialism and end the abusive, exploitative, and ultimately unstable economic system that currently governs our lives.

Chris Costello

Chris Costello is a Marxist-Leninist editor, poet, and essayist, whose work has appeared in Forward! Popular Theory and PracticeThe Forge NewsProtean Magazine, and elsewhere. He is interested in the relationship of literature to politics and the interactions between race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality.


D.M. is a lawyer and has a postgraduate degree focused on global commercial law. She is licensed to practice law in her home country in Asia and is in the process of qualifying in Europe. Her research centers around legal systems within capitalist and neoliberal economies, and how they shape law outside the imperial core. She is interested in analyzing their internal contradictions and inadequacies from a Marxist perspective, and the myth of the sustainability of 'highly-regulated capitalism.'

Jarrod Grammel

Bio forthcoming.

Christian Noakes

Christian Noakes is an urban sociologist and geographer whose work is grounded in historical materialism and anti-imperialism. Much of his work looks at the relationship between capitalism and the built environment. He has contributed to several publications including An Spréach, Marxism-Leninism Today, and Cosmonaut.

Tony Kagemusha

Bio forthcoming.

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