Michael T. Barry Jr., 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, Sport in American History, 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. He teaches American history at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. Follow him on Twitter at @MTBarryJr.
Alyssa Bowen, Editor, is a PhD candidate in Global History at UNC. Her research focuses on human rights and the Left in Cold War Western Europe and Latin America. Her dissertation examines transnational solidarities between Spain and Pinochet’s Chile to better understand the transformation of the Left and the spread of liberal democracy in the second half of the Cold War and after. Alyssa has been involved in anti-racist activism on campus and within the labor movement. Follow her on Twitter at @alyssaannbowen.
Joshua Fattal, Editor, is a doctoral candidate in US history at NYU. His research focuses on social movements, intellectual history, and US empire. Fattal is the co-author of the memoir A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Detained in Iran, along with Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran. He has published in news outlets including NYTimes, LATimes, Seattle Times. Follow him on twitter: @_Josh_Fattal_.
William Horne, Co-Founder and Editor, holds a PhD in History from The George Washington University. His dissertation, “Carceral State: Baton Rouge and its Plantation Environs Across Emancipation,” argues that white Americans created a system of carceral capitalism in the immediate aftermath of slavery. Broader interests include systems of power revolving around concepts of race, labor, capitalism, incarceration, and the state. He can be contacted here and followed on Twitter at @wihorne.
Z. Zane McNeill, Editor, is a dirt queer from Appalachia fighting for y’all to really mean all. They are a genderqueer activist-scholar, socially-engaged artist, and 10-year vegan passionate about consistent anti-oppression work that uplifts the most marginalized within our communities. He is currently working on a community-building project raising queer voices in Appalachia, establishing a collective guide on how to do activist scholarship/be an activist scholar, and are on the editorial support board of a forthcoming collection challenging white supremacy in the LGBT movement.
Andreas Meyris, 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.
Karen O’Brien, Editor, researches global socio-legal Indigenous research in connection with First Nations land and water and she works consistently to develop consciousness regarding First Nations contexts. Her publication entitled Petitioning for Land: The Petitions of First Peoples of Modern British Colonies, Bloomsbury (2019), investigates the expression of First Nations political request and offers an exploration of petitions that impart a position of autonomy and entitlement in adverse social conditions. Her research takes a focus on First Nations petitioning and treaties and especially that which relates to land and water rights. She is interested in global social and legal justice and activism and her research explores the mechanisms of collaboration and political transformation and seeks to draw attention to how people across the world transcend life’s hardships in the pursuit of justice.
Darryl Walker, Jr., Editor, is an independent scholar-activist with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Northeastern University. His research interests include racism, economic exploitation, and the various iterations of state violence. His thesis “Neighborhood Crime Watch: The Racialization of Suspicion” examines the intersection of anti-blackness, classism, and policing in the Boston Area. His work has been featured on various Leftist platforms – including TruthOut, The Activist History Review, and Hood Communist.
Dr. Fen Kennedy, Editor, is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama. Their research draws from discourse analysis and critical theory to investigate dance’s articulation of social and political values. Kennedy’s work has been published in Dance Chronicle, and heard at conferences across the United States; they also travel around the country teaching workshops in social partner dance. Kennedy’s choreography has been commissioned for MINT Gallery’s queer performance series, the Alabama Dance Repertory Theatre and for the Attic Queer Performance Series in Helsinki, Finland.