Jake Cowan, University of Texas at Austin
A doctoral candidate in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at UT-Austin, with an MA from UChicago, Jake’s scholarship is situated at the intersection of psychoanalysis, rhetorical criticism, and media theory. Currently he teaches a course on divides in digital participation, as well as leads a project group focused on social media in UT’s Digital Writing and Research Lab.

Julian Gill-Peterson, Rutgers University
Julian Gill-Peterson is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University. He is writing a dissertation entitled “Queer Theory is Kid Stuff: A Genealogy of the Gay and Transgender Child.” He also is co-author of “The Child Now,” a forthcoming issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and his recent publications appear in GLQ and Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Chase Gregory, Duke University
Chase Gregory is a graduate student in Literature at Duke University, where she studies queerness, comics, and critical theory. Her previous work includes essays on the intersection of queer theory and graphic literature, on the comix “gutter” as death drive, and on paradox in the novels of Monique Wittig; more recently, she has focused on mapping trends within and around queer theory scholarship.

Marija Krtolica, Temple University
Marija Krtolica (b. 1973 Belgrade) holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and an MFA in choreography from UC Davis. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in dance at Temple University. Her research looks at embodiment in relation to mental illness. Her historical focus is on nineteenth century hysteria. Critically, she investigates the grotesque blurring of inner/outer dichotomies, and public performance of the abnormal.

Steven Maye, University of Chicago
Steven Maye is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He studies post-1945 literature and culture, with a focus on poetry, media theory, and aesthetics.

Cassidy Picken, University of Chicago
Cassidy Picken is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Chicago, where he works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, politics, and aesthetic thought. His dissertation “Landed Interests: British Romanticism and the Political Economy of Space” explores literary representations of the global accumulation of land and property during the Romantic period.

Kristen Tapson, New York University
Kristen Tapson is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at NYU. Her dissertation examines the intersections between avant-garde poetry and “big science” in the postwar period, focusing on how the serial poems of Clark Coolidge and Bernadette Mayer address the problem of co-producing work across space and time by cross-linking techniques derived from both experimental science and lyric poetry.

E. Hella Tsaconas, New York University
Emily Hella Tsaconas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Her work engages fitness cultures and theories of athleticism in order to explore the training of bodies and subjects under late capitalism. Hella is the book reviews editor and a member of the editorial board at Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

Maria Vrcek, Rutgers University
Maria Vrcek is a first-year PhD student in English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She studies early modern literature and is interested in questioning the boundary between humans and non-human objects and the stability and viability of those two categories. She is also invested in teaching writing.

Melissa Yang, University of Pittsburgh
Melissa Yang received her BA in anthropology and English from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a PhD student in the composition and rhetoric track at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies interdisciplinarity, broadly conceived, and delights in poetry, poultry, medical humanities, writing centers, and more.

Angela Zito, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Angela Zito is a PhD student in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research probes the interstices between reading and writing practices in early modern England as sites of learning or meaning-making. Other interests include coterie and community writing as well as Public Humanities initiatives.



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