2017-18 officers

Each spring, the TAA membership elects union officers to carry out the day to day business of the union. Any member is eligible to run for office and the term is one year. The elected officers of the TAA sit on the Executive Board along with the chairs of the TAA’s standing committees. The Executive Board meets monthly to discuss union business, make recommendations to be considered at membership meetings and take actions in areas or on issues that the membership has designated.

Co-Presidents: Chance McMahon and Sara Trongone


Chance P. McMahon is a sixth year PhD student in Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies with a MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies (also from UW-Madison). They are writing a dissertation on the appropriation of imperial rhetoric in ancient Jewish and Christian literature as a form of countering empire. They also chair of the Contract Enforcement Committee.

Sara is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Madison, she did organizing and community-based campaign work in NYC. She loves Wisconsin but misses the NYC subway—even the subway rats.

Treasurer: Tina Treviño-Murphy

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Tina is a fourth year PhD student in Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies and worked with the TAA as an undergraduate ally until finally joining as a graduate student in 2015. Her research focuses on objects used for storytelling in social movements (i.e. props), and frankly so does a lot of her activism. As Treasurer, Tina is the unofficial Queen of Quickbooks and can subsist on TAA receipts and leftover coffee alone!

Recording Secretary: Greta Landis

Greta Landis is a second year PhD student in Environment & Resources with an MS in Agroecology. She researches grazing cattle for public grassland conservation, works as a program evaluator for UW-Extension, and has served in the TAA as a department steward in Agronomy. She is looking forward to putting her powers of report-writing with farmers to use as TAA recording secretary this year.

Membership Secretary: Griffin Bur

Griffin is a third-year PhD student in Sociology. His research concerns the process of economic change in development in developing countries. He has worked as a community organizer with Working North Carolina (an AFL-CIO affiliate) and was co-president of USAS-UNC. He joined TAA on his first day of grad school in 2016, served as a steward in the sociology department for the 2017-2018 year, and is happy to join the executive board for the upcoming year.