Dorcas Adedoja proudly hails from Philadelphia, PA and uses pronouns they/them/theirs or she/her/hers. They are a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar and junior at Emory University who intends to double major in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in race & difference. They aspire to become a physician that helps make medicine more inclusive for all, especially LGBTQ+ people of color.
Paula Austin is an Associate Professor at California State University, Sacramento in US and African American History. She is the inaugural archival fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Jackie McLean Fellow at the University of Hartford, and was a fellow at the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her doctoral work examines black poor and working-class subjectivity in interwar Washington, D.C.
Aimee Bahng is an Assistant Professor of English and affiliated faculty in WGSS and AAAS at Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses on Asian American literature as well as feminist and queer theory. She is one of the co-coordinators for the Ferguson Teaching Collective as well as the #BlackLivesMatter course. In 2015-2016, she served as the Faculty Director of the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth seminar, organized around the theme "Feminist Ecologies and Materialisms." Her book Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (forthcoming Duke UP), examines narrations of futurity across various platforms - from postcolonial science fiction to the financial speculations of the 1%. She has published several articles on Asian/American authors of speculative fiction including Larissa Lai, Sonny Liew, and Karen Tei Yamashita in Journal of American Studies and MELUS, and an edited collection on Techno-Orientalism (Rutgers UP).
Keisha N. Blain is Assistant Professor of history at the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social History; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.
Brandon R. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University where he teaches courses in United States, African American, and African Diaspora History. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research in the field of black intellectual history has been supported by fellowships and grants from numerous institutions including Marquette University, the American Philosophical Society, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass-Amherst, the Marcus Garvey Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It has also appeared or is forthcoming in several outlets including Slavery & Abolition and The Journal of Haitian Studies.
Erica Cardwell is a black queer essayist, culture critic, and 2015 LAMBDA fellow. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Bitch, and Ikons Magazine. Cardwell is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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