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The Feminist Wire celebrates a multiplicity of feminist expressions from a variety of editors and writers that span genders, sexualities, professions, incomes, races, ethnicities, abilities, ages, and geographies.


Tamura Lomax is an educator, writer and believer in social justice. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Religion where she specialized in Black Religion and Black Diaspora Studies. She also developed expertise in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Black British and U.S. Black Cultural Studies. She is specifically interested in the ways that linguistic and representational technologies of power construct and institutionalize ideas of race and gender and how these ideas not only establish notions of innate difference, but ultimately affect black women and girls in their everyday lives, sometimes igniting epistemic and/or material violence. In 2014 she published Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions (Palgrave Macmillan), a co-authored edited volume with Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant and Carol B. Duncan, and is presently finishing up her first single authored monograph, Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Black Religion and Black Popular Culture (Duke University Press). She is co-founder, along with Hortense Spillers, of The Feminist Wire. To reach Dr. Lomax, please email Rae Antoinette.


Monica J. Casper

Monica J. Casper is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is also Professor of Public Health and an affiliated faculty member in Africana Studies and the School of Sociology. She writes about gender, race, health, bodies, sexuality, motherhood, reproductive politics, trauma, and disability. She is author of the award-winning book The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and The Body: Social and Cultural Dissections, and co-editor of Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge and Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Life. She is currently writing Babylost: An Infant Mortality Alphabet Book, based on her decade of research on racial health disparities and infant and maternal mortality. With Lisa Jean Moore, she founded and co-edits the NYU Press book series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century. Monica’s creative writing has appeared in Trivia: Voices of FeminismSlow Trains Literary JournalFlorida ReviewCanyon Voices, Mojave River Review, Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsSpilling Ink ReviewThe Linnet’s WingsVine LeavesConscience, Moonsick Magazine, and more. For more information, visit www.monicajcasper.com.


Darnell L. MorreDarnell L. Moore is an educator, writer and activist. His social & political commentary, interviews and poetry have appeared in various media outlets including The Huffington Post,  Ebony.com,  TheRoot.com,  MondoweissNewBlackMan (In Exile),  Lambda Literary,  PrettyQueer.com,  Arts & Understanding,  Urban Cusp, Gawker,  Mary: A Literary Quarterly, The Jersey Journal, Social Text: Emergences Blog,  Uptown Social and the official blog of President Barack Obama. His scholarly articles, which investigate the intersections of queer subjectivities and race, and queer Black Christian thought, can be found in Black Theology: An International JournalTheology & SexualityTrans-scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine, Transforming Anthropologies, The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, darkmatter: an international peer-review journal (forthcoming) and Harvard Journal of African American Policy (forthcoming). Darnell has served appointments as a visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. He has also served as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and The City College of New York (CUNY). He is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY and The Tobago Center for Study and Practice of Indigenous Spirituality. He has given talks at various universities including Yale University, Birkbeck College at the University of London, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, City University of New York Graduate Center, Rutgers Law School, Rutgers University (New Brunswick and Newark), Carleton University (Ottawa, CA), Hunter College, Phillips Theological Seminary,Essex County College (Newark, NJ), Seton Hall University and The Kennedy School at Harvard University. He received a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Seton Hall University), MA in Community and Clinical Counseling (Eastern University) and MA in Theological Studies/Christian Education (Princeton Theological Seminary).


Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess and has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.  Alexis was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University, and she is currently on tour with her interactive oracle project “The Lorde Concordance,” a series of ritual mobilizing the life and work of Audre Lorde as a dynamic sacred text. Alexis has also published widely on Caribbean Women’s Literature with a special interest in Dionne Brand. Her scholarly work is published in Obsidian, Symbiosis, Macomere, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Literature, SIGNS, Feminist Collections, The Black Imagination, Mothering and Hip Hop Culture, The Business of Black Power and more. Alexis is the author of an acclaimed collection of poems 101 Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive and poetic work published in Kweli, Vinyl, Backbone, Everyday Genius, Turning Wheel, UNFold, Makeshift and more. She has several books in progress including a book of poems, Good Hair Gone Forever, a scholarly monograph on diaspora and the maternal, and an educational resource called the School of Our Lorde. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on legacies of radical mothering called This Bridge Called My Baby. Alexis is the founder of Brilliance Remastered, a service to help visionary underrepresented graduate students stay connected to purpose, passion, and community, co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project, a national experiential archive amplifying generations of Black LGBTQ Brilliance, and the community school Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011, and is one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 features in 2012.


Heather Laine Talley‘s teaching and research interests center on gender and sexuality, medicine, and the body. Her writings on topics as diverse as philanthropy, disability, and romance have been published in a range of edited volumes and academic journals. Heather earned a Ph.D. in sociology and a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies from Vanderbilt University. Her book Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance (2014, New York University Press) explores a wide-range of surgical interventions—from reconstructive surgery on cleft lips to face transplantation, from facial feminization to makeover surgery television and explores the consequences of refiguring aesthetic intervention in vital terms. As an engaged scholar, her analytic lens informs her activism with a range of community based organizations including Act Like a Grrrl, a Nashville based organization which invites girls to share and transform their personal experiences through writing and the arts, and the Midatlantic Burn Camp. In her work with children and adolescents, she uses the sociological imagination as a tool for fortifying self image and building political efficacy. Currently, she lives in the South and works alongside LGBTQ efforts pursuing justice through state and federal policy and queer wellbeing through grassroots connections.


Sikivu Hutchinson is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.  She received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and has taught women’s studies, cultural studies, urban studies, and education at UCLA, the California Institute of the Arts, and Western Washington University.  She is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los AngelesMoral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, and the forthcoming Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (Infidel Books, 2012).  She is also the editor of blackfemlens.org, founder of the Black Skeptics and a senior fellow for the Institute for Humanist Studies.


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her creative and scholarly writing has appeared internationally in publications including Callaloo, American Fiction, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, Bloom, Lumina, Amistad, TriQuarterly, The Minnesota Review, Baby Remember My Name, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, American Visions, Palimpsest: Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International, GLQ: Lesbian and Gay Studies Quarterly, and others. She is the winner of the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, and scholarships, fellowships, and other honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, the Yaddo Colony, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, the Center for Fiction in New York City, and Williams College, where she recently held the Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowship. She is currently Postdoctoral fellow in African American and African Diaspora Literature at Rutgers University, and, in 2014, will begin as Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass, Amherst. Her scholarly research focuses on poetics and identity women’s literatures of the African Diaspora. Her short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, is forthcoming.


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Aimee Meredith Cox, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Performance and African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Dr. Cox’s research and teaching interests include expressive culture and performance; urban youth culture; public anthropology; Black girlhood; and Black feminist theory. She is currently completing a book entitled, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship.Shapeshifters is an ethnographic exploration of the performative strategies young black women in low-income urban communities use to access various forms of self-defined economic and social mobility. Dr. Cox is the current co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the peer-reviewed journal of the national Association of Black Anthropologists. Dr. Cox is also a choreographer and dancer. She trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II, and is the founder and creative director of The BlackLight Project, a youth-led arts activist organization currently working in partnership with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.


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Omar Ricks is an educator, writer, speaker, performance artist, and activist. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in New Media from University of California, Berkeley. His work uses filmic, new media, and literary representations to theorize the ethical questions underwriting the performance of Black leadership in the modern United States. He co-authored (with Kimberly McNair) “Notes from the Blackout” in TDR (2013) and has also published in venues including ASTR Online, Slingshot. He co-edits the blog Cosmic Hoboes: An Afropessimist (No)Place. He earned his B.A. in History from Johnson C. Smith University, his M.A. in US History from University of Illinois, and his M.F.A. in Drama (Performance) from UC Irvine. As a speaker, he has presented at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, York University (Canada), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa). He has performed on stage at such venues as UC Berkeley, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, as well as on television on FX channel’s The Shield and TNT Sports. He works as a baker and an adjunct professor in Oakland, California.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker, activist, cultural worker, writer and international lecturer. An incest and rape survivor, she is the creator of the Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature length film NO! The Rape Documentary. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, says, “If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself, it must complete the work that [NO!] begins.” Simmons is the 2015-2016 Sterling Brown Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College. She is also a 2016-2018 Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. Previously, she was an Adjunct Professor in the Women’s and LGBT Studies Program at Temple University, an Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Scripps College, an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, and an Artist-in-Residence at Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon. Her essays and articles have been published in several anthologies including the recently released Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence anthology edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers and the forthcoming Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence Movemen anthology edited by Jennifer Patterson. Her cultural work and activism have been documented extensively in a wide range of media outlets including in a wide range of media outlets including The Root, Crisis, Forbes, Left of Black, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, Alternet, ColorLines, The Philadelphia Weekly, National Public Radio (NPR), Pacifica Radio Network and Black Entertainment Television (BET). She has screened her work, lectured extensively, taught classes, and facilitated workshops and dialogues at colleges and universities, rape crisis centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and government sponsored events throughout the United States and Canada, and in countries in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. You can follow her on twitter @AfroLez.


Shubhra Sharma joined the Connecticut College faculty in 2010 as the Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. At Connecticut College, Shubhra teaches courses on transnational women’s movements and feminist ethnography such as “Chutney-Popcorn: Bollywood, Globalization, and Social Reform,” and “Traveling as Feminist.” Before coming to Connecticut College, Shubhra served as Associate Director and Senior Lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a research fellowship with the Global Feminisms Collaborative at Vanderbilt University. Shubhra’s first book, “Neoliberalization” as Betrayal: State, Feminism, and a Women’s Education Program in India, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. Here, she analyzes how feminism as expertise played an important role in translating the “woman condition” into the “woman question” for the purposes of governance (by national and transnational authorities); how feminism as expertise displayed a form of “disciplining politics” vis-à-vis women “who will not articulate their needs in political terms”; and how subjectivities constituted through a form of “disciplining politics” challenge such politics in discourse and practices of everyday life. Shubhra uses betrayal as an allegory of/ for such challenges and tells many stories of such betrayal in context (Chitrakoot and Delhi, India). Currently Shubhra is examining the shifting (or not) nature of imaginations about self, family, and nation amongst the Indian diaspora community in Canada, especially those who have migrated there from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to understand what constitutes the linchpin of cultural identity building within this community in its transnational movement. Shubhra has also worked as a research anthropologist for a cutting-edge design firm based in Dallas, TX. She currently resides in New York City with her partner. She will be on sabbatical from TFW from May 2015-December 2015.


Hakima Abbas is a political scientist, policy analyst and activist. She has been active in struggles for social justice on issues of self-determination, race, class, gender and sexuality for over fifteen years.  Her work as a trainer, strategist and researcher has focused on strengthening and supporting movements for change in Africa and the Middle East.  Hakima is the editor and author of various publications and articles, including: Aid to Africa: Redeemer or Coloniser? and People-led Transformation: African futures.  She currently serves as a board member to the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Eastern Africa office, the African Sex Workers Alliance and Greenpeace Africa. You can follower her on twitter at @HakimaAbbas.


Mason

Mason Casper-Milam, 13, loves to read, sing, write, and sketch. She dreams of moving to Paris and starting a successful fashion line. She enjoys playing with her dog, Beaumont, competes in Science Olympiad, and sings with the Tucson Girls Chorus. Mason loves to write for The Feminist Wire and finds happiness in speaking out for what she believes in.


Tanisha C. Ford, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer, intellectual, and activist designing her own brand of “Haute Couture Intellectualism.” She is currently writing a book, Liberated Threads: Black Women and the Politics of Adornment. She is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Follow her on Twitter @SoulistaPhd.


TC TolbertTC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. TC is Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana, Core Faculty in OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA, Adjunct Lecturer at University of Arizona, and wilderness instructor at Outward Bound. TC is the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and chapbooks: I:Not He:Not I (Pitymilk Press, 2014), Conditions/Conditioning (collaboration with Jen Hofer – New Lights Press, 2014), spirare (Belladonna* 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press 2011).  S/he is co-editor, along with Trace Peterson, of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC recently curated a trans and queer issue of Evening Will Come for the Volta, and s/he is a regular curator for Trickhouse, an online cross-genre arts journal. S/he is the creator of Made for Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite building to commemorate murdered transgender people and to dismantle homophobia and transphobia. Connect with him here.


Heidi R. Lewis

Heidi R. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies and an affiliate of Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies at Colorado College. Her teaching and research focus on Feminist Theory, Black Studies, Critical Media Studies, Critical Race Theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, social justice, and activism. Her essay “An Examination of the Kanye West’s Higher Education Trilogy” is featured in The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, and her article “Let Me Just Taste You: Li’l Wayne and Rap’s Politics of Cunnlingus,” developed from an essay she wrote for NewBlackMan, was recently published in the Journal of Popular Culture. She is currently revising an article that examines Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” and drafting a manuscript that explores constructions of Black gay men on television. She holds a BS in English Studies from Robert Morris University, an MA in English Literature from Ohio University, and a PhD in American Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, from Purdue University. Since 2003, she has held teaching appointments at Ohio University, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus State Community College, Purdue University, and Ivy Tech Community College. She has given talks at the Gender and the Brain Conference, the Frauenkreise Project (Germany), the Educating Children of Color Summit, the Sankofa Lecture Series, the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, the Gender and Media Spring Convocation at Ohio University, and the Conference for Pre-Tenure Women. She is also a regular presenter at conferences conducted by professional academic organizations, including the National Women’s Studies Association, the Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the American Studies Association, the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, the National Council for Black Studies, and the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas. She has also been a featured contributor on NPR’sHere and NowKOAA news in Colorado Springs, and NPR affiliate KRCC radio. She and her husband, Antonio, live in Colorado Springs with their two children, A.J. and Chase, their cat Max, and their new puppy Philly. Learn more by following Heidi on Twitter at @therealphdmommy and Facebook.


Harsha Walia

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver (Indigenous Coast Salish Territories) in Canada. She has been active in anti-racist, migrant justice, Indigenous solidarity, feminist, anti-imperialist, and Palestine solidarity movements for over a decade, including with No One Is Illegal, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy, Defenders of the Land, Women’s Memorial March Committee for Missing and Murdered Women, Olympics Resistance Network and more. She is formally trained in the law, is the co-creator of a short film, and is the author of the upcoming book Undoing Border Imperialism. Find her @HarshaWalia.


Brooke Axtell is the Founder and Director of She is Rising, a healing community for women and girls overcoming rape, abuse and sex trafficking. Through her mentorship programs, retreats and workshops, Brooke helps survivors become leaders. She is passionate about inspiring young women to reclaim their worth and express their power to create a more compassionate world.

Her work as a human rights activist led her to speak at The 2015 Grammy Awards, The United Nations and the U.S. Institute for Peace. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (R.A.I.N.N.), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S., and an Advisor for Freedom United, global initiative to end human trafficking.

Her work as a writer, speaker, performing artist and activist has been featured in many media outlets, including the New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and CNN. Brooke has published several award-winning poetry books and released three CDs of original music to critical acclaim. You can explore her work at brookeaxtell.com.


Kai M. GreenKai M. Green is a writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist, feminist and whatever else it takes to make a way towards a new and more just world. He examines questions of gendered and racialized violence in his art and scholarship. His film, “It Gets Messy in Here,” examines the lives of transgender men and masculine identified women of color and their bathroom experiences. Kai is a PhD candidate in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, where he is completing his dissertation, “Into the Darkness: A Black Queer (Re)Membering of Los Angeles in a Time of Crises.” Kai is member of the Community Coalition to End Sheriff on Inmate Violence in LA County Jails where he also serves on the editorial board of the organizations’ quarterly publication, “Dignity and Power Now.” He is also a member of the community advisory board for In the Meantime Men’s Group, an organization focused on the health and wellness of Black gay men. Kai is committed to creating consciousness raising art and scholarship. You can find his video work here. He has two Blogs as well: Kai’s (Bi)Weekly Jams and In The Darkness: My Dissertation Journey. He can be contacted for film screenings, purchases, & or talks at [email protected]. Twitter: Kai_MG.


Joseph OsmundsonJoseph Osmundson is a scientist, writer, and educator born and raised in the rural Pacific Northwest.  His research focuses on protein structure and function while his writing explores identity and place and sexuality and class and race and all sorts of messy, complicated stuff.  His work has been published on Gawker, and he will have an essay included in the upcoming anthology The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press) due out in the Fall of 2014.  He has taught at The New School and Vassar College and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Systems Biology at New York University.  You can follow him on Twitter at @reluctantlyjoe.


Turcotte bio photo 8-2015 (1)Heather M. Turcotte is committed to anti-oppressive transnational feminist approaches to decolonizing academia, the interstate system, and daily exchange. She received her Ph.D. in Politics (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, she is an assistant professor in Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an associate editor at The Feminist Wire. Professor Turcotte’s interdisciplinary research and teaching is located in the historical intersections of Africana and American studies, critical legal and justice studies, feminist studies, and critical geopolitics. Her work focuses on anti-white supremacy, the transnational criminalization of gender, the politics of violence, and collective frameworks for justice and abolition. More on Heather M. Turcotte’s work can be found here and on academia.edu.


Audrey Silvestre

Audrey Silvestre is a queer feminist of color from Los Angeles, California. She is co-founder of the collective Conciencia Femenil. With this collective, Audrey has presented at several conferences around the issue of institutional violence and community accountability. Audrey is also a mentor for ImMEDIAte Justice, sharing her passion and knowledge for media justice with the next generation. Currently, she has devoted her time and passion towards the revitalization of Third Woman Press. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and is working towards her M.A. in Chicana Studies at CSU Northridge.


Mohadesa NajumiMohadesa Najumi (special College columnist) is a writer based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mohadesa is a Masters of Science candidate at the University of Amsterdam and has obtained her Bachelors at the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom. Her academic background is political science, history and international relations. Mohadesa is a prominent women’s rights blogger and proclaimed intersectional feminist. Her work has been featured on a number of media channels throughout the world. Mohadesa is also interested in secularism, social ontology, existentialist philosophy and writing poetry. Mohadesa blogs regularly here. Contact her on [email protected].


Martina “Mick” PowellMartina “Mick” Powell is a queer black feminist poet who uses she/her pronouns and likes revolutionary acts of resistance. She is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut where she obtained a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies. As with her time at UConn, she remains invested in the political processes of naming violence, Title IX activism, and access to academia. Her research interests include black women’s personal narrative and poetry, the political productivities of hip hop, and modes of and mobilizations for transformative justice.

Angela Kong, Jade Frost, and Jazlyn Andrews (pictured L to R) are all Class of 2017 Feminist & Gender Studies majors at Colorado College. They all served as 2016 summer interns, and will be continuing their work, focusing especially on the Personal Is Political column, during the 2016-2017 academic year. Regarding their studies, Angela’s senior capstone project will entail her presenting a one-woman theatre performance that explores the experiences of Asian American women; Jade’s will entail her writing a collection of short stories in the tradition of Black women writers; and Jazlyn’s will conduct an intersectional examination of DC Comic’s Catwoman character.