Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media

Co-sponsored by Cornell University (Africana Studies) and Syracuse University (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Panelist Bios

Gender, Race and Representation in Magazines and New Media

Africana Studies & Research Center

Panelist Bios

Utaukwa Allen is a third year Harvard doctoral student in education. Her work is interdisciplinary, focusing on diversity in higher education, American women’s history, and political participation. Her current project focuses on African-American women’s use of media to encourage political participation among their communities. Prior to joining Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Utaukwa worked as a corporate attorney in San Francisco and New York.

Bradley Boovy is assistant professor of German and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. His research focuses on queer publishing in post-WWII West Germany, Western Europe, and the United States and the role magazines played in conditioning alternative ways of knowing and communicating queer experience. He teaches courses on German-language literature and culture, queer studies, and critical men and masculinity studies.

Julia Brilling is a Gender and Critical Race Studies scholar currently working at Heinrich Böll Foundation Berlin as online editor in the field of migration and diversity. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Humboldt University Berlin and is currently preparing her PhD project. Her research interests include feminist critiques of normativity, postcolonial feminist theory and body politics. Her dissertation project titled “The Colonial Catwalk – Representations of Racialized Difference in the Fashion System” deals with the intersections of Fashion Studies, Postcolonial and Gender Studies, as well as Cultural Studies, focusing on issues of representation, racialization and aspects of desire and fetish as well as intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality. It does not seek to establish the study of dress as a separate discipline but more to establish a consciousness that locates the politics of dress/fashion/the dressed body within an existing postcolonial feminist discourse. In how far is the way we dress political and how do we negotiate identities through fashion and dress? Not the material realization of fashion, that is dress/garment, are at the center of the analysis, but fashion’s embodied subjects.

Furthermore she is Site Leader of HollaBack! Berlin ( the Berlin chapter of the worldwide HollaBack! Movement who work to fight against Street Harassment and gender based violence. Her latest project together with Riot Grrrl Berlin was titled “Cats against Catcalling” ( a compilation which features more than 95 feminist bands.

Rebecca Burditt is a PhD candidate in the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She is currently finishing her dissertation: Commercial Moments: Cinema, Capital, and the Formation of Postwar American Identity.

April Calahan is a fashion historian, writer and art appraiser living and working in New York City. She enjoyed a nearly decade long career in contemporary art foundations and galleries before pursuing her Masters of Arts degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: Theory, History and Museum Practice at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she currently serves as the Curator of Rare Books and Periodicals in the Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives.  She has lectured on the history of fashion at Yale University, the Costume Society of America’s National Symposium, and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is happy to report that she is currently working on her second book, Fashion and the Art of Pochoir, which is due to be published by Thames & Hudson in late 2014.

Siobhan Carter-David is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Southern Connecticut State University, teaching in the areas of fashion/beauty studies, American culture and identity politics, and African American, urban, and recent U.S. history. Her research explores the “new” politics of racial uplift as represented in the fashion instruction of post-Civil Rights African American print media, as well as more broadly, American fashion, beauty culture, and the politics of presentation. She has written and given numerous talks on hip-hop, youth culture, culture and clothing, and urban style. She also curated an exhibit, “Strong Shoulder: Revisiting the Women’s Power Suit,” which explored the meaning of “power dressing,” its position within third-wave feminism and corporate culture, and the evolution of women’s professional fashions in the 1980s. Carter-David received a B.A. in English from Morgan State University, an M.A. in History from City College – CUNY, New York, NY, and a dual PhD in History and American Studies from Indiana University.

Mary Chapman in an Associate Professor of American literature at the University of British Columbia. Her essays on literature, print culture, suffrage, and performance, have appeared in Amerian Literary History, American Quarterly, Legacy, Wide Angle, ATQ, and other journals. Recently, her Treacherous Texts: US Suffrage Literature 1846-1946 (Rutgers UP) was awarded the Susan Koppelman award for best edited volume in Women’s Studies. Her monograph, Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and US Modernism is forthcoming from Oxford UP in 2014. She is currently completing a study of Asian-American author “Sui Sin Far” (Edith Eaton) in turn-of-the-century North American print culture.

Martha Cook is Professor emerita of English at Longwood University, a small public institution located in a rural area of Virginia.  She earned the B.A. from Maryville College and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  In 1987 she was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.  As a generalist in Southern literature, most of her publications and conference presentations have focused on the Fugitive poets of the 1920s, the subject of her doctoral dissertation, and on Southern women writers.  She is currently working on a very long-term project on the magazine publications of Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945).  At the Women in Magazines conference at Kingston University in June 2012, she made a presentation on Glasgow and Good Housekeeping.

Ryan E. Cruz is a Doctoral Candidate in Marketing with a concentration in Consumer Behavior at New Mexico State University’s College of Business. Ryan is interested in the intersection of shame affects on consumer identity within minority subcultures in consumption settings. More specifically, Ryan’s research interests focus on signaling behavior (within gender, socio-economic, and ethnic minorities) during sport & non-sport product selection, use, and disuse to mitigate dissociative affects when confronted with social identity & stereotype threats. In his spare time, Ryan is a competitive tennis player, home cook, coffee lover, and runner. He is currently preparing for a rim-to-rim-to-rim run in the Grand Canyon.

Michele M. Curran is in the third year of her doctoral program at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She just completed her doctoral candidacy exams in the fields of U.S. Women and Gender History; Twentieth Century American History; and Transnational Themes in Empire. She is currently working on her dissertation prospectus, which will explore the experience of American newlywed military couples during the Second World War. Michele will be listed as a contributor in All Boy Built: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939, edited by Kenneth J. Bindas. It will be published by the Kent State University Press and is due out in October. She also has a forthcoming article (that was presented at Kingston University’s Women and Magazines conference in June of 2012) entitled, “Ambitious Girls!” Making and Contradicting the Ideal Woman through Advertisements in the Ladies’ Home Journal, 1890-1920” in editors, Bob Batchelor and Danielle Coombs’, We Are What We Sell: How Advertising Shapes American Life…And Always Has (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, anticipated publication January 2014). Michele is working to become a historian of women & gender; war & society; and popular & consumer culture. She greatly enjoys using magazines as her lens of analysis to understand culture as well as societal perceptions and expectations.

Eurie Dahn is Assistant Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose. Her most recent publication is “Cane in the Magazines: Race, Form, and Global Periodical Networks.” Her current book project examines African American periodicals during the Jim Crow period.

Carmen Diop leads her research in several directions and settings, at the crossroads of different paradigms and disciplines, in a self-reflexive approach which is not very developed in France. In her thesis dissertation, she stands on her own experience in order to develop general trends about the trajectories and the subjectivity of Black women graduates and to explore the complexity of the hidden dimensions of their social experience. She is a PhD student in education at Université Paris 8 (from the academic year 2013/14. She is a member of the Media of Diaspora Research Group (Lincoln UK) and of a thematic network of the French Association of Sociology: “Gender, Class, Race and Construction of Otherness”. The focus of her research is on Black women at work, on their international migration and on media. She holds a research master’s degree leading to a PhD in occupational psychology, a Master in political philosophy and a BA in sociology (social anthropology and compared sociology). She is also a research engineer civil servant at a French university in Paris where she used to be the head of communications and public relations. Her previous experience includes working in a scientific journal in economics, journalism in the mainstream and Pan African Francophone media (print, radio and TV), and international communications consultation for various institutions and as a volunteer for the United Nations as well as an international cooperation agency.  Her recent activity includes beginning to work as a freelance consultant on equality at work.

Leanna Duncan is a graduate history student at the University of Tulsa. Her area of study is modern US history, with a focus on the histories of marginalized groups. She is currently working on a thesis entitled “Feminism and Femininity in Cosmopolitan, 1965-1975.” She has presented versions of her work at the Missouri Conference in History, the Gender Matters Conference in Chicago, and the Student Research Colloquium at the University of Tulsa.

Megan Elias is Associate Professor of History at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. She is the author of Stir it Up: Home Economics in American Culture (Penn Press, 2008) and ‘Food in the U.S. 1890-1945’ (Greenwood Press, 2009).

Dr. Caroline Emmons is a Professor of History at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney VA. She received her PhD in 20th century US history from Florida State University. Her research focuses on mid-twentieth century America, particularly the history of the civil rights movement. Her publications include articles on the struggle for voting rights; implementation of the Brown decision; and essays on slain NAACP leader Harry T. Moore. She also edited a collection of essays on the impact of the Cold War and McCarthyism in American society. Her most recent publication examines the role of African American women in the civil rights movement in Virginia.

Kathleen Feeley is associate professor and chair in the Department of History at the University of Redlands. She is the author of “Gossip as News: On Modern U.S. Celebrity Culture and Journalism” in History Compass 10:6 (June 2012): 467–82 and “Classical Hollywood as Public Sphere: The Case of Citizen Kane” in Imagination and the Public Sphere, ed. Susan Cumings (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2012). She is at work on Mary Pickford: Women, Film, and Selling Girlhood (forthcoming from Westview Press) and When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in United States History, co-edited with Jennifer Frost.

Christianne Gadd received an M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Lehigh University. Her dissertation, “The Advocate and the Making of a Gay Model Minority in the United States, 1967-2007,” explores the ways in which The Advocate attempted to shape the conditions of LGBTQ subjectivity in the late 20th century United States. Her essay “Pushed to the Margins: Women, Sexism, and the Gay Press” was recently published in Reconstruction Vol. 13, No. 2: Politicized (Re)Productions of Gender, and her  research interests include LGBTQ history, women’s and gender studies, and U.S. mass media and popular culture.

Kim Gallon is an assistant professor of history and the director of the Africana Studies program at Muhlenberg College.  She is also the founder of the Black Press Research Collective and a visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is completing a manuscript titled, We Are Becoming a Tabloid Race: The Politics of Sensationalism in the Black Press, 1925-1945.   Currently, her work on the history of black newspapers can be found in History Compass and Journalism History. She is also the author of a forthcoming article on the Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization for a combined issue of Pennsylvania History and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography as well as a forthcoming article on teaching black popular culture for the journal, Transformations.  In addition, her writing on black popular culture is featured on the Popular Romance Project web site.

Reighan Gillam is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and her BA from University of Virginia. Her dissertation, The Revolution Will Be Televised: Afro-Brazilian Media Production in São Paulo, Brazil chronicles the beginning and end of TV da Gente (Our TV), Brazil’s first black television network. She is currently working on a book manuscript describing the ways in which AfroBrazilians use television, cinema, and digital media to unsettle the stereotypical and static images of blackness in Brazilian public culture.

Barbara Green is Associate Professor of English and Senior Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches courses in gender and modernism, modern periodical culture, and feminist print culture. She is the author of *Spectacular Confessions: Autobiography, Performative Activism, and the Sites of Suffrage* and recent articles on feminist papers in Literature Compass and Modernism/Modernity. She is completing a project on feminist periodical culture and theories of everyday life.

Poonkulaly (Poonam) Gunaseelan completed her Master’s degree in English Literature at Kings College London in September 2013. She has been awarded a doctoral scholarship to undertake her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Her thesis examines the representations of sexual violence in contemporary South Asian literature and Bollywood cinema. In January 2013, Poonam won the South Asian Literary Association’s (SALA) ‘Graduate Student Paper Prize’ for outstanding scholarship. Poonam’s research interests include feminism, gender, sexuality, and postcolonial studies.

Dr. Fiona Hackney is a design historian and Associate Professor of Design Cultures & Community Engagement at Falmouth University, UK. Her research interests focus on gender, popular magazines, crafting and amateur creative practice, wellbeing and heritage. She is currently working on a monograph, Women’s Magazines and the Feminine Imagination: Opening Up a New World for Women in Interwar Britain, to be published by I.B. Tauris (2014) and is involved in a number of funded research projects under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities scheme.

Anja Hirdman is an Associated Professor in Media Studies at Stockholm University. Hirdman´s current research addresses how findings in both neuroscience and cognition studies have contributed to our knowledge of how the human brain processes words and pictures and what abilities, cognitive and not, characterize our everyday communication, and allows us to relate to cultural and mediated representations. The understanding of this complex relationship between mind, body and the phenomenological experience of self is studied in relation to televised narratives and the transmission of affect, focusing on the relationships between our own and other bodies, between our perceptions and “the real.” Departing from theories of the socio-political dimension of “emotionalism” it concerns question of how the circulation and transmission of emotions produce certain subject positions through a process of “othering.”

Dinah Holtzman is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she teaches inter-disciplinary courses bridging art history, media and cultural studies.

Joy Jenkins is a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Drawing on her professional background in city and regional magazines, Jenkins’ research interests address changing editors’ roles within newsrooms and the potential of local media to influence change within communities.

Majida Kargbo is a Doctoral candidate in American Studies at Brown University. Her dissertation focuses on the aesthetic strategies of abject performances. Her research interests include visual culture studies, queer theory, performance studies, and cyberfeminism.

Catherine Keyser is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of South Carolina. Her book Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture (Rutgers University Press 2010) explores the role of the witty woman–as writer and as icon–in the “smart magazines” of the 1920s and 1930s. Her work has appeared in American Periodicals and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. She is currently at work on a book about modern American literature and transformations in food culture and technologies.

Dr. Olga Khomenko, Associate Research at SOAS, London University, UK and a Senior Lecturer at History department, Faculty of Humanity of National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). She has a BA from the Department of Oriental Studies of Kiev State University, MA (2001) and PhD (2005) in the field of Area Studies (Post-War Japanese History) from Tokyo University, Japan. Olga`s scientific interests include history of global consumer culture, consumerism and changing trends in XX century consumer behavior. Her research has been focusing on the development of consumer society in post-war Japan and the role of advertising in the process of changing women’s identity in Japan.

Helen Kim is a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics. She received her Ph.D in Sociology (2011) within the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Her Ph.D. dissertation explored multiculture and diasporic spaces within popular music through a 15 month ethnographic study. The research emphasized the importance of lived experience to sociological analysis derived from the use of empirical methods such as ethnography. It showed how, through their engagement with popular culture production and consumption, young British Asians produce alternative practices that challenged discourses of deviance and particular representations of ‘race’ ethnicity and gender.

Rachel Lifter is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design. She holds a PhD from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. In her doctoral research she explored the construction of identity within contemporary indie – a youth cultural formation that was in the 1980s understood to exist outside of ‘mainstream’ fashion culture in the UK, but has diffused into it since then. She currently is developing scholarly articles from that project on the following themes: an exploration of the fashioning of indie masculinity; a genealogy of “style;” and, finally, an examination of “alternative” forms of cultural production and mediation within the contemporary fashion industry. At Parsons, she teaches a course entitled Fashion and the Body and a course guiding MA students through processes of researching and writing a thesis.

Tamura A. Lomax is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches, writes, and researches in the following areas: African American Religion, African American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Black British and U.S. Black Cultural Studies. She is the author of several essays and is currently at work on two projects: An edited volume entitled Womanist/Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’sCultural Productions, co-authored with Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant and Carol B. Duncan, and her first single authored monograph, Loosing the Yoke: Black Feminist Readings on Black Religion and Black Popular Culture. She is co-founder, along with Hortense Spillers, of The Feminist Wire, a feminist news site made up of over 25 scholar/activists, founded in 2010, with a weekly readership of 50,000-70,000 unique visitors per week and over one million per year.

Elizabeth Lovegrove is a PhD student and associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and a learning technologist and online tutor at the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, both at Oxford Brookes University. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘How did readers and producers of twentieth-century magazines for teenage girls negotiate the nature of girlhood?’ building on similar research on Victorian periodicals in her masters dissertation. Her research interests are around periodicals, gender, and language, and her teaching covers amateur internet publishing cultures, and eLearning.

Jean M. Lutes is Associate Professor of English and Director of Academics for the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Villanova University. She is the author of Front Page Girls: Women Journalists in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1930 (Cornell, 2006) and the editor of Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings by Nellie Bly (Penguin Classics, forthcoming). Her most recent scholarly article, “The Queer Newspaperwoman in Edith Eaton’s ‘The Success of a Mistake,'” appeared in Legacy: Journal of American Women Writers 29:2 (2012).

Kathryn Manis is an M.A. student studying art history at the University of New Mexico. She has received dual honors B.A.s in Literature and Art History from Appalachian State University, where she studied the role of illustration in the satirical work of American writer Ishmael Reed. She currently works as a teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico, as well as an assistant in the Zimmerman Library’s Center for Southwest Research, where she was recently awarded the Senator Jeff Bingaman Fellowship from the Center for Regional Studies.  In her current research, Manis focuses on the intersections between dialogues of race, gender, and American essentialism. Her ongoing thesis work interrogates the construction of black masculinity in American popular media, specifically examining the work of artist Kehinde Wiley.

Felice McDowell is currently a PhD candidate at the London College of Fashion. Her thesis, ‘Photographed at…Locating Images of Fashion in the Cultural Landscape of Post-War Britain 1945-1962’, examines a history of British fashion media’s engagement with the field of art and the use of public cultural institutions as backdrops for editorial photo-spreads. Prior to this research, she studied English and Art History at the University of Sussex and obtained a Master’s degree in the History of Art at UCL. Presently, she is also an Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical studies at LCF.

Gigi McNamara is a PhD candidate in Mass Communication at the Pennsylvania State University. She has taught previously at Duquesne University and Lock Haven University. Her research interests include exploring issues relating to gender, media and commodification and she has presented papers at the National Women’s Studies Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kasey Mosley is a third year Doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the United States History program at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. She is interested in 20th Century United States, Gender, and Race history, with a particular emphasis on the history of American women.  Her research focuses on the definitions and representations of gender roles and beauty and their complicated interactions with depictions and understandings of illness in the popular culture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  At this conference, she will be presenting a paper titled “Breast Cancer and Beauty Magazines,” in which she investigates the textual and visual treatment of illness within the pages of publications devoted to “traditional” ideas of beauty.

Clare Mulcahy is a PhD candidate in the English and Film Studies department at the University of Alberta. She works on the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in print culture. In her thesis, she explores the ways that turn of the twentieth century African American women negotiated their position within the public sphere and within the profession of journalism through their representations of the black domestic laborer. Clare has published a chapter in the anthology Global Perspectives on Tarzan (Routledge 2012).

Dr. Sonja Narunsky-Laden is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her current research interests include broader processes of self- and social-identity within contexts of socio-cultural change. Her work on post-apartheid South Africa focuses on the ways in which patterns of consumer culture and changing taste and lifestyle patterns reorganize the broader socio-cultural entities in which they operate. She is particularly intrigued by ongoing re-configurations in South Africa of understandings of the home and family, domesticity and everyday life, procedures of gendering (male and female), and matters of social stratification and social mobility. Her doctoral research addressed the emergence of a black middle class in South Africa, as represented in and mediated by magazines published for black South African readers.

She has published in the fields of New Historicism, cultural economy, consumer culture, magazine research, popular culture, literacy and reading culture, and socio-cultural change through the emergence of new market rhetoric and market-oriented practices.

Luidor Nono is a journalist and young doctor in science of the information is the communication. While pursuing her researches on the theme of the migrations, she is an editor-in-chief for websites of the Central Africa Diaspora. In this frame, she has acquired skills on providing mobile and internet contents.

Mark Noonan is an Associate Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is author of Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893 (Kent State UP, 2010), co-editor of The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing About New York City (Kendall/Hunt, 2012), and Founding Editor of the Columbia Journal of American Studies.

Cara Okopny, PhD teaches at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include understanding how race, class, and gender intersect in the current environmental debate.

Victoria Pass is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Salisbury University in Maryland. Her article “Schiaparelli’s Dark Circus” will appear in the journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture in 2014. She received her PhD from the University of Rochester in May 2011. Her dissertation Strange Glamour examines fashion and art in the 1920s and 1930s. She is currently working on a project on African influences on modern American fashion.

Gwendolyn D. Pough is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Syracuse University. She is the author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere as well as numerous essays and articles on black feminism, hip-hop, critical pedagogy and black public culture. She has co-edited a special issue of the journal FEMSPEC and the critically acclaimed Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip-Hop Feminism Anthology. She is also an award winning romance author who writes under the pen name Gwyneth Bolton. She has twelve novels and a novella published to date.

Simone Puff is currently a Post-Doc Assistant of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and an Adjunct Lecturer at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria. From 2008 to 2012 she was Assistant Professor (pre-doc, non-tenure-track) at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. There she received her PhD in English and American Studies with emphases on African American Studies and Gender Studies in 2012. She also studied at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Her doctoral dissertation, which was written under the mentorship of faculty from the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University, is a study of discourses of skin color and colorism in Ebony magazine. The monograph is currently in preparation. Her current research interests are located in the broad realms of African American Studies, contemporary ethnic American literatures, and Critical Whiteness Studies. She is the treasurer and a board member of the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS). Among her publications are articles on Zora Neale Hurston, discourses on skin color in the U.S., and representations of the Black feminist movement in the media. She is the co-editor of Almighty Dollar (LIT Verlag 2010).

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox is a PhD candidate in the history department at New York University, where she completes her dissertation entitled: “This is What a Feminist Looks Like: The New Woman Image, Women’s Fashion and the Political Culture of American Feminism 1890-1940.” The dissertation examines the ways in which women employed dress styles in negotiating and constructing gendered political identities, as well as in advancing feminist agendas during the early decades of the twentieth century. In using fashion as a prism of analysis, her project examines the intersections between politics and consumer culture, and broadens the meanings of feminist politics in the early twentieth century beyond suffrage. Recently, Einav won the CCWH/Berkshire Graduate Student Fellowship Award on her dissertation, and her project was supported by several research grants, among them the Schlesinger Library, Winterthur Museum and New York University.

Sarah L. Rasmusson is a writer from the Bronx and PhD candidate at the University of Illinois. A former city journalist for a number of media outlets, her research focuses on sex, race and urbanism for new cultural histories of girls and young women in New York. She is working on a book about women’s residential hotels.

Leander Reeves is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and Subject Coordinator for their Publishing Media Undergraduate Programme. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes and holds an MA in Electronic Media. She also spent time as a print and interactive designer in London and New York. Leander’s principal teaching interests are in Magazine Publishing. Her research interests include magazine culture and the hyperreal.

Rachel Ritchie gained her PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011 and is now an Associate Research Fellow in the department of Politics and History, Brunel University, London. She is interested the social and cultural history of Britain in the mid-to late twentieth century and how those groups that are excluded from conventional understandings of modernity (such as women in rural areas or older women) made sense of themselves as modern subjects. Her research focuses particularly on personal appearance (fashion, home-dressmaking, beauty) and the home (domestic consumption, interior design and decor) in women’s magazines and women’s organizations. Rachel is the author of ‘Young Women in Woman: Representations of youthful femininity in the “world’s greatest weekly for women”, 1954-1969’ in Women and the Media: Feminism and Femininity in Britain, 1900 to the Present, edited by Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara (Routledge, 2013) and ‘“Beauty isn’t all a matter of looking glamorous”: Attitudes to glamour and beauty in 1950s women’s magazines’, forthcoming in Women’s History Review (2014). She has recently begun a project exploring new magazines for British women in the second half of the twentieth century, including the short-lived IPC title Candida (1972).

Mario J. Roman worked in the New York apparel industry as a surface designer and a colourist before obtaining his MA from Cornell University’s Dept. of Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Currently, he is a PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in cultural and historical studies at London College of Fashion. His doctoral research focuses on representations and their comparison of fashion, masculinities and ‘the nation’ in editorial photo-spreads of American and British GQ magazines. He recently co-organized Fashion and Re-collection, an interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium held at London College of Fashion, which reflected on fashion through the lens of memory.

Noliwe Rooks is an associate professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies. An interdisciplinary scholar, she works on the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women’s studies.

Nancy G. Rosoff serves as Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University. She is also a member of the graduate history faculty Rutgers University-Camden. Her publications include articles in the Women’s History Magazine (UK), the Journal of American Culture, and the OAH Magazine of History, as well as a chapter in Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations.(See selected publications and presentations below). She has presented her research at the meetings of several scholarly organizations in the US and the UK.

Dr. Rosoff is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Women’s Education, University of Winchester (UK). Her research interests include history of women; women’s athletic activity; sports and popular culture; history of education; and gender and popular culture. Dr. Rosoff’s teaching interests include the history of women and gender; sports and popular culture; and American and British cultural history. She is completing a manuscript on the perception of athletic women in American popular culture between 1880 and 1920. Her current project, which she is conducting with a colleague in the UK, is a transnational analysis of fiction written for teenage girls published in the United States and United Kingdom between 1910 and 1965, focusing on novels with school and college settings.

She earned her PhD in history from Temple University, her M.A. at West Chester University, and her A.B. at Mount Holyoke College.

Cynthia Ryan, PhD, is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she teaches courses in scientific writing, writing and medicine, editing, and magazine writing. Her research focuses on representations of identity and health in women’s magazines and has appeared in journals including Journal of Medical Humanities, American Periodicals, and JAMA. Cynthia also writes frequently for magazines and newspapers, including Cancer Today, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and other national outlets. Currently, she is completing a book about her bond with a homeless woman who, like Cynthia, is a breast cancer survivor.

Pia Sahni is a Doctoral candidate in American Studies at Brown University. Her dissertation, “Dressing the Diaspora: Fashion, Clothing and Belonging in South Asian Diasporic Popular Culture,” focuses on the role of fashion and the performance of race, gender, and belonging in South Asian diasporic cultural productions. Her research interests include Asian American studies, feminist theory, popular culture, and 20th century American literature.

Emily Senefeld is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia specializing in modern American cultural history. Her dissertation will examine how the Highlander Folk School used cultural programs to promote labor and civil rights organizing.

Natalie Shibley is a Benjamin Franklin Fellow and joint-degree PhD student in Africana Studies and History at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in African-American Studies and History. Her research concerns twentieth-century U.S. political and social history.

Deirdre Spencer is Head of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Michigan, a position she has held for many years. She holds bachelors and master’s degrees in the History of Art, a second master’s in Library and Information Science, and is ABD in the History of Art from the University of Michigan. Her research areas are African-American visual culture of the 19th through early 20th century including black produced newspapers and films, as well as the historical development and visual representation of the black middle class.

Kimberly M. Stanley is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is pursuing dual degrees in History and American Studies. Her dissertation, “Pulling Down the House and Tearing Up the Yard: Constructing, Policing, and Containing  Black Masculinity, 1920-1960,” examines how the black press (newspapers and magazines) continually reimagined and reconstituted the image of the New Negro as a model for idealized black masculinity as a tool for racial advancement.

Lori L. Tharps is an Assistant Professor of journalism at Temple University. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Tharps spent more than a decade as a magazine professional working on staff at both Vibe and Entertainment Weekly and freelancing for such publications as Essence, Vibe Vixen and Suede. Tharps’ recent work can be seen in the Columbia Journalism Review, Grid Philadelphia, and Vogue Black. Tharps is also the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s) and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria). Both The Washington Post and declared Kinky Gazpacho one of the best books of 2008.  Tharps is also the author of the novel, Substitute Me (Atria). In February 2014 St. Martin’s Press will be releasing an updated version of Hair Story.  Tharps lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children. She blogs on a regular basis about identity politics, parenting and pop culture at

Claudia van den Berg, working and living in South Africa and Germany, is a freelance communications consultant with over 10 years of experience in the field of brand communication, health communication and corporate social responsibility related projects. In 2013, she finished her postgraduate Master of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. Her research and project interests focus on media and communication for gender, health and development, HIV and AIDS prevention communications, especially in the area of Southern Africa and social brand engagement communications. Furthermore connected to the UKZN, she was involved in the South African Media Cities project under Professor Keyan Tomaselli, developed and contributed the underlying theoretical framework and worked as a supervisor within the field of “Development, Communication and Culture”. Previously, she worked as a senior professional in brand management, PR and communications for Beiersdorf AG Hamburg, Germany, an international consumer goods company focussed on skin care brands such as NIVEA and Eucerin. She started her career with a University degree in media management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden Germany, followed by digital agency experience for clients such as BMW and the German Film Institute.

Satu Venäläinen, MSocSc, is a Doctoral Student at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her PhD project focuses on representations of women as perpetrators of violence.

Dr. Ayana K. Weekley is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Her research and teaching interests include race, gender, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, black feminist studies and black sexualities. Her current manuscript, being developed from her dissertation, Now That’s a Good Girl: Discourses of African American Women, HIV/AIDS, and Respectability draws upon black feminist theory, black queer studies, and HIV/AIDS cultural studies to examine discursive representations of African American women and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Focusing on three salient epidemiological time periods during the epidemic for black women (the late eighties, mid-nineties, and post- 2001), she examines concurrent responses within African American popular discourses and the ways in which responded to and framed the epidemic in black Americans.

Dr. Weekley regularly presents her scholarship in progress at the National Women’s Studies Association. Recent presentations include, “Maybe Next Year?: Gendering HIV/AIDS Activism” and “Are My Politics Showing?: Teaching Multiple Perspectives.”

She recently published an article, “Don’t We All Want the Same Things?: Race, Feminist Theory, and the Feminist Classroom” in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, Vol. XXII no. 2

Danielle Wetmore is currently pursuing an M.A. in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, with an emphasis in American Studies. Danielle’s work is in 20th century US, cultural history with a gendered analysis. More specifically she is interested in the intersections of gender, advertising, and consumerism during the Great Depression.

Adrienne Winans is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History at the Ohio State University.  Her dissertation interrogates the intersection of gender, race, and space through the everyday experiences of Asian American women and families.  She examines how urban space facilitated possibilities for ordinary women and men to challenge and cross community, societal, and state boundaries from the Progressive Era through World War II.  She received her MA in World History from New York University. Along with women’s and gender history, her research interests include Asian American history, world history, transnationalism, and race, ethnicity, and the nation.

Sherri Williams is a PhD student at Syracuse University where she studies media diversity, social media, social TV and how people of color use social media and how they are represented on social networks. She appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live show to discuss social media images of Rachel Jeantel after Jeantel testified in the George Zimmerman trial. Williams’ dissertation will focus on images of women of color on reality television and Twitter. Williams has taught journalism writing and media diversity classes and she incorporates social media into her courses. Before entering academia Williams was a print journalist for a decade including at The Associated Press. She covered several beats including education, courts, social services and immigrant/minority/marginalized communities. Her work has appeared in Essence, Ebony, Upscale, The Source and The Quill magazines. You can follow her on Twitter @SherriWrites.

Timeka N. Williams is a Rackham Merit Fellow in the Communication Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Michigan and a recipient of the Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Research (AEJMC). She studies Black audiences throughout sites of the African Diaspora and focuses on questions of race, gender, and faith, as they converge around everyday media. Williams’ current work explores transnational codes of womanhood and spirituality in Black women’s media landscape.

Jacki Willson is a lecturer in Cultural Studies for Fashion, Jewelry and Textiles students at Central Saint Martins, London. She has a background in Fine Art practice, specifically performance based and her theoretical and historical PhD explored women’s performance art-artiste-activist practice in relation to a politics of representation. One strand of this was extended into her first publication entitled, The Happy Stripper: Pleasures and Politics of the New Burlesque (2008). She is currently writing a second book for I.B.Tauris called, Being Gorgeous: Feminism, Sexuality and the Pleasures of the Visual, which will be published in 2014.

Gary Wood is an ABD doctoral student and an adjunct professor in the department of sociology at Virginia Tech, where he specializes in Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies and Global Political Economy. He is also the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal “Sociology of Islam,” published by Brill. Gary is a spatial theorist and his overall research agenda encompasses race, class and gender in a transnational and transcultural context. His media-related research includes the examination of gender and race in Equinox Fitness advertising, an analysis of thematic content over multiple years among winners of the Black Weblog Awards and his MS dissertation examined 20 years of images and content in Islamic children’s books. He teaches undergraduate courses in Africana Studies and Sociology at Virginia Tech and adult continuing education courses in Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

Hannah Yelin’s current research interests are celebrity, gender, autobiography, critical theory, and media. Her PhD at UEA’s school of American Studies analyses the memoirs of young, female celebrities and their use of the rhetoric of empowerment to tell stories of being out of control. After a BA in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths’ she completed an MA in European Literature, Culture and Thought at Queen Mary with a dissertation examining the gendered ethics of the attribution of meaning and authority within contemporary literary fiction. Hannah then had a 10 year career in advertising before her recent return to academia. During this time she worked for organizations ranging from small organizations such as the Charities Aid Foundation to behemoths like the BBC. She has won many awards including €50,000 prize money for sexual health charity Brook Advisory, a Promax Effectiveness award for repositioning national treasure Radio 3, and awards from the Media Guardian, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and the Grand Prix at the Design Business Awards for the creation of the TV channel Dave. She can now mostly be found knee deep in celebrity memoirs weighing up the intersections between authenticity, agency and access.

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