About the Contributors
Lori Barkley is a settler political anthropologist living and working in unceded Sinixt tumxula7xw. Her research, "Existence in Extinction," is an ongoing journey into the byzantine world of Indigenous land claims, policy, and Indigenous-settler relations attempting to understand Sinixt extinction in British Columbia.
Dr. Regina A. Bernard is a writer and Associate Professor of undergraduate Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College (CUNY), and a member of the doctoral faculty in Urban Education at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She has written three books on black and brown feminism, black studies, and Nuyorican Organic Intellectualism. She has also published articles for the Journal of Pan African Studies, Small Farms Quarterly and elsewhere. Alongside her teaching and community work, she has also made a film about food as a vehicle through which to understand Caribbean culture and feminism. She has spoken and presented at TEDx Manhattan. She is currently at work on several creative projects.
Shima Bhamra steers away from specific cultural representations in her work and seeks instead to include a precise palette of colors, patterns and images of strong women. She works in a variety of mediums including oil, watercolor, inks, 2D collage relief, and printmaking. She is an instructor at Kirkland Arts Center, where she has also exhibited. She was invited to discuss her works with Seattle visual arts social groups and is a moderator on their social media platform. In 2017 she was featured in Art Quench International Edition. Shima is a proud member of CoCA and has presented solo shows at local Washington art galleries.
Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, and today lives in New York. His drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), and the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg). For more information, see the Brooklyn Arts Council’s registry of artists: http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/registry/14780.
Laura Bisaillon, PhD is a social scientist of medical inadmissibility and HIV-related policy in Canadian immigration law. She is Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada. Her three-time award-winning dissertation has been reformulated into a book. Screening and Screaming in Exile: Medical Examination and the Immigration Health Work of People with HIV is currently under review with the University of British Columbia Press.
Jeanne Ciravolo is a figurative artist whose work centers on female narratives. Jeanne was awarded a 2020 Walter Feldman Fellowship from juror Ellen Tani, Assistant Curator at ICA Boston. In 2019 she earned an MFA and was awarded the Joan and George Cole Award from the University of Connecticut, with her work acquired by the William Benton Museum of Art. In 2019 she exhibited work in New York at Odetta, LMAK Gallery and Site: Brooklyn. Other recent exhibitions include Social Justice in the Misinformation Age (Albright College, Reading PA), Truth as a Contested Concept (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago), Art in Times of Anxiety (University of North Carolina Pembroke), Shame (Hera Gallery, Wakefield RI), and Emerging (ARC Gallery, Chicago). Jeanne was an artist in residence at the Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY in 2018 and was a Resident Fellow at the Anderson Center in Redwing, Minnesota in July of 2019. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut.
Christina Claes holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology with a research focus on the way we make sense of the world through visualizations and story telling. This includes academic and artistic exploration of the potential of graphic narratives for a new approach towards bodies, genders and identities, as well as unfolding fresh ideas about our relationships with other humans, other species and technology. Christina Claes has displayed her work in Hamburg, London and Barcelona and currently lives in Berlin.
Orlaith Darling is a PhD candidate in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin where she researches contemporary Irish women’s short fiction. She completed her MSc at The University of Edinburgh in 2019, where she studied modernist and postmodernist literature. At undergraduate level, Orlaith read English Literature and History, graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2018 with first class honours. In 2016, she was elected Scholar of that university. Aside from her primary research, Orlaith is interested in the intersection of contemporary politics, women’s studies, and women’s writing.
Monica Fuglei is currently the Chair of the English Department at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado, where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing and serves as a member of the Inclusive Excellence Council. She holds an MA from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in English.
Margaryta Golovchenko is a settler-immigrant, poet, critic, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory, Canada. The author of two poetry chapbooks, she is completing her MA in art history and curatorial studies at York University.
Janet Jones is a PhD student in Applied Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include feminist epistemology and relational ethics, with a special focus on harm reduction and drug addiction. Incorporating lived experience is an important methodology for her work. She was attracted to the study of philosophy because it gave her the opportunity to question what we know and what or how we can know better. She aims to further the study of philosophy by exploring novel topics in philosophy as well as innovative philosophical methodologies. Janet’s research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Wayne Fox).
K.L. Kivi (Mulk/Estonian) is a settler who has been a guest in unceded Sinixt Indigenous tumxula7xw (traditional territory) for 30 years. She works as an activist, writer and publisher. Her goal is to amplify Sinixt voices and work for settler accountability and decolonization.
Elizabeth Lanphier is currently an Ethics Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received a PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and an MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.
Ferial Pearson is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department of the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human relations, multicultural education, multicultural literature for children and youth, culturally responsive teaching, literacy and learning, and effective methods in teaching. She holds an EdD from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Educational Leadership.
Laurie Riccadonna earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Van Vleck House and Gardens (Montclair, NJ), Space B Gallery (NYC), Hamilton Square (Jersey City, NJ), and Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, NY). Ms. Riccadonna has held residencies at the Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. She was a recipient of the NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2011, 2002), and Yale University’s Ely Harwood Schless Prize. She is currently Program Coordinator/Professor of Fine Art at Hudson County Community College. She lives in Jersey City with her husband and two children.
Lina Rincón is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department at Framingham State University. She studies the impact of the law and of systemic racism on the experience of immigrants of color. She has published academic articles on highly skilled migration and race and equity in higher education. Her poetry has appeared on the Harvard journal “Palabritas” and on The Accents Review.
Judy Rohrer is a theorist with research interests in a number of interdisciplinary fields: feminist studies, queer studies, settler colonial studies, indigenous studies, critical race theory, critical ethnic studies, and disability studies. She grew up in Hawai’i and earned her MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is currently the director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University. More information about Judy, including her public scholarship, can be found here: http://judyrohrer.mystrikingly.com.
Lauren Sele is a pleasantly nerdy mother of three and PhD student at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Here interests include critical pedagogy and social justice education. Her research draws on feminist traditions of ethnography, narrative inquiry, and art-based research. She names her work a practice in story as pedagogy.
Valerie Suter grew up in New York and Washington, D.C. She studied visual art at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK, and has a BA in Modern History from McGill University in Montreal. In 2019 she graduated with an MFA. from Mason Gross School of the Arts’ at Rutgers University, where she was also the first Art & Design student to complete a graduate fellowship at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has been a fellow of The Art & Law Program in New York, an artist-in-residence and grantee of the Vermont Studio Center, a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nominee, and a 2019 finalist for the AXA Art Prize.
Vicki Toscano is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies at Nova Southeastern University in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She received a PhD in Philosophy and a JD from University at Buffalo and then held the Dorothea S. Clarke Gender, Sexuality, and Family Fellowship at Cornell University. Her research interests include bioethics/reproductive rights, social and political philosophy, criminal law and feminist jurisprudence.