Sarah Amato is a graduate student in the Department of History, University of Toronto.
Jack Z. Bratich is an associate professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture (2008) and co-editor, along with Jeremy Packer and Cameron McCarthy, of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality (2003). His work applies autonomist social theory to such topics as audience studies, social media, and the cultural politics of secrecy. He is currently writing a book titled Programming Reality (Lexington, forthcoming), which examines reality programs (on and off television) as experiments in affective convergence.
Heidi M. Brush holds a doctorate in communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. Her work addresses the relationships between orality and performance, texts and textiles, and liminal spaces. She is currently pursuing a second doctorate in children’s literature at Penn State University.
Sarah Corbett has been practicing craftivism since 2007, first independently and then as the founder of the Craftivist Collective. She coordinates all of the group’s activities alongside a small and dedicated planning committee, which anyone is welcome to join. She is a practiced public speaker and regularly delivers workshops, talks, and debates on the behalf of the Craftivist Collective.
Nicole Dawkins recently completed a Master of Arts in anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests include affect, materiality, social movements, feminist theory, and museum studies. She has been published in the University of Toronto Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology and was the recipient of the first Richard B. Lee Award for Critical Anthropology in 2009. [End Page 403]
John Freeman-Moir was until recently the dean of education at the University of Canterbury and previously the university’s dean of undergraduate studies. He now teaches sociology of education, social theory, and philosophy of education in the School of Educational Studies and Human Development. His principal interests center on equality, democracy, and utopia, and he writes on the visual arts. With Alan Scott he has published The Lost Dream of Equality: Critical Essays on Education and Social Class (2008).
Sarah Housley joined the Craftivist Collective in early 2010 and has been an active member and part of the planning committee since joining.
Travis Joseph Meinolf, born in Marin County, California, 1978, earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from San Francisco State University and then went on to study textiles and social practices at California College of the Arts, where he was awarded an MFA in 2008. Since moving to Berlin, Germany, he has been acting as self-appointed textile ambassador, with recent group weaving projects in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and the United Kingdom. He also inspires weavers throughout the world through his Web site, Actionweaver.com.
Erin Morton is an assistant professor of visual culture in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Her research and teaching explore the intersection of visual and material cultural production with public history making in twentieth-century Atlantic Canada, most recently in the context of health care. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled The Art of Public History: Exhibiting Folk Art in Nova Scotia .
Kristen A. Williams (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010) joined Miami University of Ohio in fall 2010 as a visiting assistant professor in American studies. Her scholarship focuses on the co-constitution of place, work, and identity via contemporary site-specific tourist narratives. Her doctoral dissertation, “Waterfronts for Work and Play: Mythscapes of Heritage and Citizenship in Contemporary Rhode Island,” examines the relationship among heritage sites, urban culture, and civic life in present-day Rhode Island. She is the recipient of the Carl Bode Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. [End Page 404]