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MemberAnthony Alessandrini

I am a Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College-CUNY and of Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. I’m also on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. My areas of specialization include postcolonial literature and theory, the culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, literary and cultural theory, critical race studies, and poetry and poetics. My publications include the book Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different; the edited collection Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives; and the co-edited volume “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (with Nazan Üstündağ and Emrah Yildiz). Last but not least, I am a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, an e-zine dedicated to the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

MemberAmanda Licastro

Amanda Licastro is the Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric at Stevenson University in Maryland. Amanda’s dissertation “Excavating ePortfolios: Digging into a Decade of Student-Driven Data,” won the Calder Dissertation Prize in Digital Humanities in May 2016. Her work can be seen in Kairos, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, and Communication Design Quarterly. Amanda’s work on Virtual Reality was featured in The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine.

MemberAnne Donlon

I am project manager for digital initiatives at the Modern Language Association. Previously, I was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University, a position that was shared between the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. I am a member of the Journal for Interactive Technology & Pedagogy editorial collective. In addition to my work in digital scholarship and scholarly communication, I research networks of black internationalist and antifascist writers in the 1930s.

MemberVanessa Valdés

I am the director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York and a professor of Spanish and Portuguese. I am the author of Diasoric Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Schomburg (2017) and Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood of the Americas (2014). I am the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys of the African Diaspora (2012). Finally, I serve as the book series editor of the Afro-Latinx Futures series at SUNY Press.