The Working Group
A directory of members of the group.

Original Working Group Contributors

Theresa Jean Tanenbaum (“Tess”)

Theresa Tanenbaum is an Assistant Professor at the University of California in the Department of Informatics, where she is the founder of the Transformative Play Lab. Dr Tanenbaum’s work is engaged with issues of gender, identity, and narrative. Dr Tanenbaum’s work is playful, provocative, and interdisciplinary, frequently straddling the line between art, design, advocacy, and research. She helped draft the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) name change policy: the first such policy to be formally adopted by a major publisher. Her article in Nature advocating for more trans inclusive name change policies in academic publishing has been cited by multiple publishers who have adopted similar policies.

Irving Rettig

Irving D Rettig is a 5th year chemistry PhD candidate at Portland State University (PSU) researching light-to-chemical energy conversion, specifically singlet oxygen mediated aerobic oxidation photocatalysis in tellurium-containing rhodamine derivatives. In addition to working with name change policies, he has pushed for additional trans inclusive policies and practices within the American Chemical Society (ACS), co-created an antiracism workshop series within the chemistry department at PSU, and serves on the PSU Women in STEM organizing committee.

H Michael Schwartz

H Michael Schwartz is an Organizational Behavior PhD student at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. Their research interests center around transgender experiences in organizations, allyship, and positive psychology, while they most like to teach leader/self development, practical positive psychology, and organizational development.

BM Watson

Brian M Watson (@brimwats) is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Information focusing on equitable cataloging in galleries, archives, museums, and special collections. They are the Director of, an open access resource for the history of sexuality, and contribute the Homosaurus LGBTQ linked data vocabulary. Additionally, they serve as the Archivist-Historian of the Consensual Nonmonogamy Taskforce of the APA.

Teddy G Goetz

Teddy G Goetz (he/him or they/them) is a fourth year medical student at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously, he studied biochemistry and gender studies at Yale, conducting research on a wide spectrum of biologically and socially determined aspects of gender based health disparities, including earning his MS developing the first animal model of transgender hormone therapy. His interests include psychiatry, LGBTQ health, women’s health, narrative medicine, and physician advocacy. More about his work can be found at

Katta Spiel

Katta Spiel is an FWF Hertha-Firnberg scholar at the HCI Group of TU Wien, where they work marginalised bodies in Interaction Design. They also have received the SIGCHI 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award for their work on evaluating Co-Design with autistic children.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill (he/him/his) is a professor of mathematics at UCLA. A theoretical mathematician, his primary research studies questions in topology using techniques from algebra. He is a cofounder of Spectra: the association for LGBT mathematicians, and he continues to serve on the board there.

Additional Members

Natalya Evans

Natalya Evans is a PhD Candidate in Chemical Oceanography at the University of Southern California. She investigates reactive intermediates across redox gradients, such as sulfide formed within reducing microenvironments in large sinking particles in Oxygen Deficient Zones or benthic Fe(II) fluxes in hypoxic waters. She is particularly interested in how climate change-driven deoxygenation will impact these processes. Within the Name Change Policy Working Group, she has been advocating oceanography and other geoscience journals to adopt trans-inclusive name change policies.

Emily Hunt

Originally from the UK, Emily (@emilydoesastro) is an astronomy PhD student at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Her research focuses on detecting new star clusters in our own galaxy using machine learning and data from ESA’s Gaia satellite. Her activism work started during her undergrad, where she was heavily involved in her university’s LGBT+ society. More recently, she has been working on improving name change policies in astronomy journals.

Jost Migenda

Jost Migenda is a postdoc in astroparticle physics at King’s College London. Their work focuses on supernova neutrino research and DAQ development for the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment and they are a member of SNEWS 2.0, which uses neutrino detectors around the world to provide an early warning to astronomers when the next galactic supernova happens. Within the Name Change Policy Working Group, Jost is mainly responsible for updating the public spreadsheet of publishers and journals with existing name change policies.

Amalie Trewartha

Amalie Trewartha (she/her) is a research scientist in the Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery group at Toyota Research Institute, where she works on electric vehicle technologies. Previously, she was a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working on applications of Natural Language Processing to scientific text, and was lead developer on the MatScholar and COVIDScholar projects.

This section includes articles on author name changes or press releases from publishers that cite our working group or individual members.
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This section includes resources for authors: A list of publishers and journals with existing name change policies, links to articles and editorials we’ve written, as well as email templates for reaching out to publishers.
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In our article for the Committee on Publication Ethics, we have outlined guiding principles for name change policies across five areas: accessibility, comprehensiveness, invisibility, expediency and simplicity, recurrence and maintenance.
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This section includes resources for publishers who want to introduce a name change policy.
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