Sarah Banet-Weiser is professor and head of department in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (University of California Press, 1999), Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2007), Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture (NYU Press, 2012), and Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny (Duke University Press, 2018). She is co-editor of Cable Visions: Television beyond Broadcasting (NYU Press, 2007), Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (NYU Press, 2012), and Racism Postrace (Duke University Press, 2019), and has published in journals such as Social Media and Society, International Journal of Communication, American Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Feminist Theory, and Cultural Studies.
Alicia Carroll is assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, specializing in Native American and Indigenous studies and queer theory. Carroll has published essays on Native American autobiography, Two-Spirit/queer Indigenous studies, and settler colonialism. They are completing their first book project, “Indiscipline: Queering Native American Autobiography.”
Erika Doss is professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her books include Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (University of Chicago Press, 1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials (Amsterdam University Press, 2008), Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010), and American Art of the 20th–21st Centuries (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Jonna Eagle is associate professor of film and media in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the author of War Games (2019) and Imperial Affects: Sensational Melodrama and the Attractions of American Cinema (2017), both from Rutgers University Press. She currently serves on AQ’s Board of Managing Editors.
Lindsay Garcia is assistant dean of the college for junior/senior studies and recovery/substance-free student initiatives at Brown University. As a scholar, she utilizes antiracist, queer, and feminist approaches to the study of interspecies injustices.
Jillian Hernandez is assistant professor in the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research at the University of Florida. She studies the autonomous aesthetics and sexualities of Black and Latinx people. Her book Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment (Duke University Press, 2020) traces how the body practices and art making of Black and Latinx women and girls are intertwined, and how they complicate conventional notions of cultural value and sexual respectability.
Josephine Lee is professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Her new book, Orientalism in Black and White: American Theater before 1925, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2022. She is also the author of The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage (Temple University Press, 1997).
Michelle May-Curry is a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan and project director of the Humanities for All initiative at the National Humanities Alliance. Her research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American visual culture and representations of mixed race families in public and private spaces, charting how these images shift in relation to Black politics and culture.
Tavia Nyong’o is William Lampson professor and chair of theater and performance studies, professor of American studies, and professor of African-American Studies at Yale. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), won the Errol Hill award, and his second book, Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (New York University Press, 2018), won the Barnard Hewitt award. He is currently embarking on a study of critical negativity in twenty-first-century black thought, and another on the expressive capacities of black transqueer vocality.
John W. Schneider is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. His current research examines how humanistic practices and projects from critical reading to ethnic studies have been shaped by the structure of the research university.
Vineeta Singh (she/her) is assistant clinical professor in the Honors Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Shawn Michelle Smith is professor of visual and critical studies and interim dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an award-winning author and has published seven books, including, most recently, Photographic Returns: Racial Justice and the Time of Photography (Duke University Press, 2020).
Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman (Kānaka Maoli) is professor of American studies and music at the University of Michigan and affiliated with the programs in Asian / Pacific Islander American studies and Native American studies. Her research honors the resilience of indigeneity in performance traditions in Hawai‘i and Tahiti, as relocated in historical and archival sources, and re-membered in continuous practice through the era of settler colonialism.
Amanda Swain oversees academic affairs at IES Abroad Milan, where she also teaches undergraduate courses on American literature and culture and on cross-cultural analysis. Her research explores mid-twentieth-century trends in US literary, political, and intellectual cultures and their global contexts. Her current projects interrogate the significance of praxis in twentieth-century American intellectual culture and representations of Italy in the cultural imaginary of the early Cold War US.
Joshua J. T. Uipi is a lecturer in Pacific Islands studies and American studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research is centered on Tongan diasporic communities in the US, indigenous studies, and race and racism. Joshua’s work explores Western imperialism in the Pacific, Tongan movement to the US, and the navigation of cultural and social aspects of American society by Tongan communities.