Michael T. Barry Jr., Executive Editor, is currently a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, DC. He studies African American and Muslim American history and is writing his dissertation on the history of Islamophobic ideas and anti-Islamophobic resistance in America. Barry has contributed writings to outlets like Black Perspectives, The Gainesville Sun, Truthout, The Blackprint, and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Michael is also a documentary filmmaker, specializing in oral history. His films “U Street Contested” and “The Universal Soldier: Vietnam” have won and been nominated for numerous awards, as they have screened at film festivals and historic venues across the country. Follow him on Twitter at @MTBarryJr.
Lauren Angel, Associate Editor, is a PhD candidate in twentieth-century American history at George Washington University. Her research interests include representations of race, gender, and regional or national identity as seen through dance performance, politics, and culture. Lauren’s dissertation, “Hot Bodies, Cold War: Dancing America in Person and Performance,” investigates depictions of American multiculturalism within the State Department’s Cold War dance diplomacy program. Lauren’s current research has been funded by a Cosmos Scholars Grant, a New York Public Library Research Fellowship, and two GWU History Excellence Research Fellowships. Lauren also holds an MA in history and a Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate from Marshall University. She is a former professional ballet dancer, a native Appalachian, and an occasional baker. Lauren can be contacted here.
Alyssa Bowen, Social Media Editor, is an anti-racist activist and PhD candidate in Global History at UNC. She studies the Cold War, the Western European and Latin American Lefts, international solidarity, and human rights history. Alyssa has been involved in anti-racist activism on campus and within the labor movement. You can learn more about activism at UNC by following @takeactionch or @strikedownsam on Twitter or by visiting silencesam.com. Follow Alyssa on Twitter at @alyssaannbowen.
William Horne, Associate Editor, is a PhD candidate at The George Washington University researching the relationship of race to labor, freedom, and capitalism in post-Civil War Louisiana. His research interests include systems of power revolving around concepts of race, labor, capitalism, incarceration, and the state. He is a former high school teacher, barista, and warehouse worker and is an avid home gardener. His dissertation, “Carceral State: Baton Rouge and its Plantation Environs Across Emancipation,” examines the ways in which white supremacy and capitalism each depended on restricting black freedom in the aftermath of slavery. He can be contacted here and followed on Twitter at @wihorne.
Zoie McNeill, Copy Editor, is a recent MA graduate from Central European University in Political Science and a BA graduate in History from McDaniel College. First and foremost, they consider themselves a life-time activist and have fought for queer liberation, animal rights, and environmental justice for over a decade. They have a chapter featured in the Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance, forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, are a liaison for the Sociologists for Trans Justice Initiative, and an editor of Queer Appalachia’s 2019 zine Electric Dirt. Their research interests are queer ecologies, oral histories, socially engaged art, politics of space, environmental humanities, and Appalachian sociology.
Andreas Meyris, Associate Editor, is a PhD student at the George Washington University specializing in American labor and political history. His dissertation will explore competing forms of American liberalism and transatlantic pacifism and social democracy prior to the New Deal. His areas of study also include political radicalism, extremism on the left and right, and the history of protest. Andreas is a native of Rochester, NY, attended Monroe Community College, and later received his BA in history and a specialization in adolescent education from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012. His paper “The Common Ground of the Ballot Box: Defining Americanism in Post World War I America” won a best paper prize from Phi Alpha Theta that same year. Since 2008, Andreas has worked as an educator, maintenance worker, Erie Canal tour guide, and legal assistant. He is currently a graduate fellow at the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project. Andreas currently resides in Falls Church, VA. He can be contacted here.
Nathan Wuertenberg, Founder and Associate Editor, is currently a doctoral candidate at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is conducting research for a doctoral dissertation on the 1775 American invasion of Quebec, entitled “Divided We Stand: The American War for Independence, the 1775 Quebec Campaign, and the Rise of Nations in the Twilight of Colonial Empires.” He received his MA in history from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and his BA in history and Spanish from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He recently contributed a chapter to the two-volume series Violence in American Popular Culture entitled “From Knights to Knights-Errant: The Evolution of Westerns through Portrayals of Violence.” He can be contacted here and followed on Twitter at @nwuertenberg.
Cory James Young, Associate Editor, is a History PhD candidate and graduate-student worker at Georgetown University. He received his MA at Georgetown and BA at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Before moving to DC, Cory taught eighth grade Social Studies and English in Pittsford, NY, the Rochester suburb where he grew up. His dissertation, “For Life or Otherwise: Abolition and Slavery in South Central Pennsylvania,” examines how enslavers and their allies propagated a novel system of human bondage during the age of gradual abolition, focusing on the lives and responses of the men and women they enslaved. In addition to his work in the archive and in the classroom, Cory enjoys food, fitness, and attempting to justifying the amount he spends on concert tickets. He can be contacted here and followed on Twitter at @coryjamesyoung.