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H. L. T.  "HQ" Quan, Ph.D.

Co-Founder: QUAD Productions

Production Sound, Sound Designer, Co-Director, Co-Producer, Co-Editor

H. L. T.  Quan is a political theorist, an award winning filmmaker, and an Associate Professor of Justice Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her community work and research center on movements for justice, and race, gender and radical thought. Quan’s is the editor of Cedric J. Robinson: On Racial Capitalism, Black Internationalism, and Cultures of Resistance (Pluto, 2019). She has also authored two books including her monograph Growth Against Democracy(Lexington Books, 2012) is a radical critique of modern development thinking and programs, including neoliberalism. Her latest book, Become Ungovernable: An Abolition Feminist Ethic for Democratic Living, an in-depth study of willful refusals against tyrannies, big and small. The book is featured on the Ms. Magazine list of the “Most Anticipated Feminist Books of 2024” 


In 1999, Quan and C. A. Griffith founded QUAD Productions, a not for profit, grassroots media organization dedicated to the principle of communication as a human right. Through QUAD Productions,  Griffith and Quan produced/directed various media projects, including their award-winning, feature documentary, Mountains That Take Wing/Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & LiberationAmérica’s Home, a film about gentrification and displacement in Puerto Rico; and most recently, Queer, Broke & Amazing!  – a film about LGBT people and the struggles for economic justice in the United States.

In 2020, H.L.T. Quan was the Editor in Residence for the PraxisCenter, an online, social's justice related blog of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College: 

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