Tori Omega Arthur

is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Her research aadresses the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism; social media-based televisuals; the histories and formations of digital diasporas; and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities. She teaches courses in media history, media and migration, multiculturalism in media, and public communication technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. Website

Asma Barlas

was Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, New York, until her retirement. She has written extensively about Islam and Muslims, including a well-received book on Qur'anic hermeneutics: Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (University of Texas Press, 2019). Some recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, and Patriarchal Moments  (Bloomsbury).  She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver (USA).

Mary (Polly) Gannon

is Director of Cultural Studies at NYI. Her interests include translation theory, comparative literature and poetry, women's literature, and film studies. She teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Translation and specializes in literary translation.  Her translation of Podstrochnik (Word for Word) by Lilianna Lungina, with Oleg Dorman, is forthcoming from Overlook Publishers.  She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Cornell University.


Heidi Hutner

is a Professor of Sustainability and English at Stony Brook University. and a scholar of nuclear and environmental history and ecofeminism. She is the winner of Sierra Club Long Island's 2015 Environmentalist of the Year Award. Hutner's other academic interests include literature, race, and feminist history of women writers from a variety of literary periods--from the English Restoration to the present. She is the editor and author of the collection Rereading Aphra Behn: History Theory and Criticism (Virgnia UP, 1993), Colonial Women (Oxford UP, 2003), and Polluting Mama: An Ecofeminist Cultural Memoir (Demeter, 2013). She holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington.


Kristen Karlberg

is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purchase College.  Dr. Karlberg has practical research experience in medical sociology, epidemiology, public health, feminist research and science and technology studies, but her overall focus has been the examination of institutions and individuals interacting with technologies and shifting identities. The overarching theme is technologization, including biomedicalization, and the life course, but her research incorporates traditional sociological variables as well as the systems of inequalities that come with them.  Kristen lives in Bedford with her husband, father, two boys and two golden retrievers (also boys!).  She holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from UCal San Francisco.

Steven Lee

is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. His research interests include twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic studies, and Soviet and post-Soviet studies. He was among the inaugural group of Fulbright students to be sent to the Central Asian Republics, where he compared Soviet Korean and Korean American literatures and histories. A graduate of Amherst and Stanford, he has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation/ACLS, the Stanford Humanities Center, and NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. He holds a PhD from Stanford University.


Barbara LeSavoy

is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches courses in feminist theory; sex and gender representations across cultures; race, class, and gender identity; and a capstone senior seminar in women and gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy chairs the Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo. Website

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape reality of these societies. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies and a number of monographs and essays on linguistic and cultural identities and processes in the former Yugoslav societies. She holds a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities.


Shobana Shankar

 is an historian of West Africa and the Global South. Her forthcoming book, Race between the Indian Ocean and Black Atlantic: Africa-India Entanglements (Hurst, 2021) examines how Africans and Indians have negotiated their complicated relations in spheres like religion, science, and education where postcolonial peoples have sought autonomy from Euro-American power. In addition to her other books and articles, she has published articles for wider audiences including one at The Conversation about what the U.S. can learn about confronting anti-vaccination politics from Nigeria and another in The Washington Post on eugenicist racial practices at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. She holds a PhD in History from UCLA. Website

Tracey Walters

is an Associate Professor of Literature in the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Walters has published numerous articles on Black women’s literature and three books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (2007), an edited collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (2008), and an ebook Zadie Smith (2012). Forthcoming: Not Your Mother’s Mammy: The Representation of the Domestic in Transatlantic Media (Rutgers Press), and Zadie Smith Decoded (forthcoming). Walters is co-host of the podcast: Black Girls with Accents.


Katharina Wiedlack

is Senior Post-Doc Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research fields are popular culture, post-socialist, decolonial, queer and feminist theory, and disability studies.  She has published on US-American and Russian music cultures and productions, gender issues and disability in a global context.  She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna