MemberMalea Powell

I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University as well as a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. I am lead researcher for the Digital Publishing Lab at MSU, director of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, editor-in-chief of constellations: a journal of cultural rhetorics, past chair of the CCCC, and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. A widely published scholar and poet, my current book project, This Is A Story, examines the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production in North America, from beadwork to alphabetic writing. I am an unenrolled mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In my spare time, I hang out with eccentric Native women artists & poets, and do beadwork.  

MemberNienke Boer

Nienke Boer is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Yale-NUS College, Singapore, where she teaches courses in the Literature and Humanities sequence, as well as electives on African literature, Indian Ocean studies, and literature and theory from the Global South. She received her A.B. degree from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from New York University, all in Comparative Literature. Her book project, “Indian Ocean Passages,” focuses on the literary, autobiographical and legal narratives produced by and about imperial migrants who travelled between South Africa and South Asia around the turn of the last century. She has published three articles: “Taking a Joke Seriously: Mickey Mouse and William Kentridge” appeared in the December 2013 issue of MLN, “Settlers and Laborers: The Afterlife of Indenture in Early South African Indian Writing,” appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Research in African Literatures, and “Exploring British India: South African prisoners of war as imperial travel writers, 1899-1902” was published online in November 2017 in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature.