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Donna Arkee is a Bay Area–based artist and freelance journalist. She recently obtained a master's degree in women and gender studies at San Francisco State University, and has collected two bachelor's degrees in anthropology and ethnic studies from UC Riverside. Her research focuses on how Iranian subjects in the United States negotiate the conditions that circumscribe their legibility as neoliberal citizen subjects, focusing on visual texts circulated on social media.

Marlon M. Bailey is associate professor of women and gender studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. His book Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2013) was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the MLA. Some of his essays appear in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society; Feminist Studies; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society; Gender, Place, & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, and several book collections.

Leslie Bow is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of the award-winning "Partly Colored": Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South (New York University Press, 2010); Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion: Feminism, Sexual Politics, Asian American Women's Literature (Princeton University Press, 2001); editor of the four-volume Asian American Feminisms (Routledge, 2012) and a scholarly edition of Fiona Cheong's novel, The Scent of the Gods (Illinois University Press, 2010). This essay is part of a longer work, Racist Love: Asian Americans and the Pleasures of Fantasy.

Ruth Nicole Brown is associate professor in gender and women's studies and education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has written two books, Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Peter Lang Press, 2009) and Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Durell M. Callier is assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. His research and teaching focuses on the ways Black and queer performances of culture and memory through literary texts, embodied performances, and visual art act as educative sites for staging critical resistance and practicing and actualizing freedom.

Christina Carney is assistant professor of black (queer) sexuality studies in the Women's and Gender Studies and Black Studies Departments at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Her manuscript "Militarized Deviance: Black Women, Labor, and Place-Making in San Diego" delves into histories of black queer women during different historical moments that builds a theoretical framework for tracing the particular racial subjectivities of black women in San Diego and the larger Southwest region.

Mali Collins-White is a doctoral student of English studies and an NEH Fellow with the African American Public Humanities Initiative at the University of Delaware. Her work examines mother–child dispossession in postwar literature, visual art, and film, and develops a critique of the Black imagination as an archive to read lasting psychic violence of Black dispossession during chattel slavery.

Joseph Darda is assistant professor of English and comparative race and ethnic studies at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Esmat Elhalaby is a PhD candidate in history at Rice University.

Freda Fair is assistant professor of gender studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Their research, writing, and teaching center on topics related to black feminisms and women of color feminist thought, gender and sexual difference, labor, regionality, and queer cultural production. Freda's work in the academy is informed by community-based archival, library, and museum collaborations. Contact Freda at

Gabriella Friedman is a PhD candidate in English at Cornell University, where she specializes in contemporary American literature. Her dissertation explores how speculative fiction produces decolonial and abolitionist modes of historicizing. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies.

Porshé R. Garner received her PhD in educational policy studies with a graduate minor in gender and women's studies from the...


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