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MemberMariela Mendez

I am an Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond. My research engages comparative literary studies and feminist and queer theories to interrogate representations of genders and sexualities in print culture throughout Latin America. In particular, I address the various ways in which women writers have used the press to craft alternative spaces of cultural, aesthetic, and political intervention that disrupt heteronormative ideologies. I teach at the intersection of Latin American Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory, and Feminist New Materialisms, and I am also interested in the political potential of a transnational feminist critical practice.

MemberMary Knighton

My research can be broadly divided into two areas: (1) 19th-20th century American and English literature, and (2) Modern and contemporary Japanese language, literature, and culture. Studies in global modernism and transnational exchanges bring these two fields together. Related research interests include feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory; the multi-ethnic literatures of the US, particularly African-American literature; the American South; Gothic literature; visual texts, arts, and culture.

MemberRebecca Colesworthy

Rebecca Colesworthy is the acquisitions editor in gender and queer studies, Latin American studies, education, and c20/21 studies at SUNY Press. Her own scholarly specialization is modernism, from interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives; other areas of interest include feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and notions of the gift from pretty much any and every field. Her monograph, Returning the Gift: Modernism and the Thought of Exchange, was published by Oxford UP at the end of 2018, and she is the editor, with Peter Nicholls (NYU) of How Abstract Is It? Thinking Capital Now (Routledge, 2016), initially published as a special issue of Textual Practice).

MemberHo'esta Mo'e'hahne

Ho’esta’s research examines the representational politics of Indigeneity, settler imperialism, and sexuality in North America. Ho’esta is at work on a book project that reads multi-ethnic literature, cinema, and visual and sonic cultures connected to Los Angeles and considers how the contemporary cultural politics of multi-racial, urban settler colonialism are shaped by historical and ongoing anti-Indigenous violence in the region. Ho’esta works at the intersections of Indigenous critical theory, feminist and queer theory, decolonial thought, literary, cinema, and cultural studies as well as transnational settler-colonial studies.  

MemberIfeoma C. Kiddoe Nwankwo

  Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her work centers on intercultural and intergenerational relations, particularly as they surface in the literary texts, oral narratives, and popular music of Afro-descendants in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. Her publications include Black Cosmopolitanism; “Bilingualism, Blackness, and Belonging,”; “Race and Representation in the Digital Humanities;” Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World (co-edited with Mamadou Diouf); and African Routes, Caribbean Roots, Latino Lives. She is former Director of the Program in American Studies andhas just completed her first three-year term as Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships.   Dr. Nwankwo’s innovative interdisciplinary projects use community-engaged research methodologies alongside literary critical ones to analyze and advance intercultural and intergenerational relations. These projects include Voices from Our AmericaTM, an international public scholarship and digital humanities project that uses interviews, autobiography and art production, along with archival research to uncover new aspects of communities’ histories then draws on those new sources to develop digital and print publications as well as workshops and other educational programs for K-12 teachers, older adults, and youth. Dr. Nwankwo’s projects also include The Wisdom of the Elders, an initiative focused on revealing and recognizing older adults’ life- and soul- sustaining wisdoms and productively incorporating them into K-12, undergraduate, graduate and health professional education.