Shakeel Harris is a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University in the History Department. His research interests are grounded in the intersections of religion, race, and gender in the nineteenth century. His dissertation project is entitled, “Tests of Faith: Race, Religion and Gender during the Civil War.” He holds an MDiv from Duke University.
Zhané Lloyd is a graduate of The New School with an MFA in Design and Technology. While there, she explored the intersection of Blackness, queerness, and the arts through play.
Raven Maragh-Lloyd is an Assistant Professor of Race and Digital Media at Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently working on her first book, Reshaping Black Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age, which explores the shifting nature of Black resistance online. Her work has appeared in Communication, Culture & Critique, Television and New Media, the Journal of Communication Inquiry and in edited collections such as Studying Race and Media and The Handbook of Diasporas, Media, and Culture.
Kisha McPherson is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in The Creative School. She has more than fifteen years of research and teaching experience in critical race, cultural studies, Black feminism, and social justice education. Her scholarship focuses on the impact of media and contemporary representations of Blackness on the identities and lived experiences of Black people. Her most recent publications outlining the impact of intersectionality on Black Canadian girls can be found in Curriculum Inquiry and in edited collections on Black girlhood and Black Canadian feminisms.
Harrison P. Pinckney is an Assistant Professor in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management department at Clemson University. His research focuses on the systems, institutions, and programs that influence the racial socialization of African American youth. Nathaniel Bryan is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Miami University, where his research and teaching explore issues of equity, critical race theory, culturally relevant teaching, urban education, and Black education. He is the author of Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices. Corliss Outley is Professor in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management department and the Director of the Race, Ethnicity, Youth, and Social Equity (REYSE) Collaboratory at Clemson University. Her research examines positive youth development outcomes during out-of-school time, particularly focusing on racial and ethnic identity and cultural behaviors, social justice, and built and physical environment influences.
Abdah St. Fleur graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with dual master’s degrees in Interactive Media and Game Development and User Experience Design, where she did research on Black content creators. She now works as a Production Assistant at FableVision. Jennifer deWinter is a Professor of Rhetoric at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Director of Art and Design. She has written extensively on games, game design, and game policy with a particular emphasis on Japanese media cultures. She is the coeditor with Carly Kocurek of the Influential Game Designers book series with Bloomsbury Press.
Cathy Thomas is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work is invested in Black feminist and womanist pedagogy, practice, critique, and play. She studies Afrodiasporic Literature across periods and genres, especially speculative fiction; Caribbean culture; comic books; and science, technology, and society (STS). Her current book projects include the monograph Unruliness: On a Genealogy of Afrodiasporic Women and Girlhood, a slipstream collection of mother-daughter-alien stories called Girls on Film, and a novel Poco Mas that explores a historically unprecedented Afrofuture attentive to the long histories of humanism, the afterlives of anti-Black violence, and the aftershock of weather through the lens of Carnival and the poetics of masquerade.