Notes on Contributors

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Notes on Contributors

Camila Bassi

is a human geography academic. Her ongoing project within critical geography seeks to indicate the benefits of a return to, and reinvigoration of, Marx and Marxism. Bassi’s work on the intersection of “race” and ethnicity, sexuality, and urban political economy in Birmingham (UK) and Shanghai offers an original exploration of key ideas from Marx and Gramsci in order to think through more subtle accounts of capitalism, specifically instances from within that escape its oppressive conditions.

Brad Benz

is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Denver, where he has been a faculty member since 2010. His research converges around discourse analysis, green rhetoric, and rhetorical genre studies, and his work has been published in American Speech, Dictionaries, Writing Program Administration, and Great Plains Quarterly, among others. He lives in Denver with his daughter and their dogs.

A. Peter Castro

is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He received a Syracuse University Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Award in 2017.

Taine Duncan

is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. She has recently taken on the role of co-editor for the Journal of Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and loves to do collaborative work in research, social activism, and in teaching. Her primary research is in critical theory, and she has a forthcoming book from Palgrave MacMillan on feminist critiques of Habermas. She loves working at a state institution where she can nurture and challenge students from diverse backgrounds.

Sarah Giragosian

is the author of the poetry collections Queer Fish (Dream Horse Press, 2017) and The Death Spiral (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming). Recent scholarly articles include “Elizabeth Bishop’s Evolutionary Poetics,” published in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory (Volume 18, Issue 4, 2016) and “‘To a Nation Out of its Mind’: Joy Harjo’s Post-Pastoral,” published in the anthology Ecopoetics: Global Poetries and Ecologies (Lexington Books, 2019, Isabel Sobral Campos (ed.)). She teaches in the department of Writing and Critical Inquiry at the University at Albany SUNY.

Erik Juergensmeyer

is Professor of English at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he also coordinates the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. His research interests include community-based action research, argumentation, and conflict transformation, and he is especially interested in ways inquiry can assist community activism. His work has been published in Rhetoric Review, Community Literacy Journal, Peace Studies Journal, and The Public Work of Rhetoric. He also specializes in restorative justice and provides a variety of services in his community.

Caroline K. Kaltefleiter

is Professor of Communication & Media Studies and co-founder of the Anarchist Studies Research Initiative at SUNY Cortland. She is the author of numerous articles and papers on surveillance culture, participatory media, girl culture, and activism including, “Anarchy Girl Style Now: Riot Grrrl Actions and Practices,” published in Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy (Routledge, 2009, Randall Amster, Abraham DeLeon, Luis A. Fernandez, Anthony J. Nocella II, and Deric Shannon (eds.)). Her current project is an ethnographic study of girl musicians in Buenos Aires and is titled Sista Grrrls Riot: Phantom Power, Liminality and (Translocution) to Resist Fascism and Racism. She is the executive producer and host of The Digital Divide on the WRVO-NPR network.

Peter N. Kirstein

is Professor of History, Saint Xavier University. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. At BU he studied under his advisor, Howard Zinn. Kirstein published Anglo Over Bracero: A History of the Mexican Worker in the United States from Roosevelt to Nixon (R and E Research Associates, 1977), a history of Mexican-migrant oppression during the bracero program. He is nationally known as a defender of academic freedom and was vice president of the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors. He was named one of the most dangerous professors in David Horowitz’s The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

Emil Marmol

is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Toronto, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He has conducted research into the use of alternative news media to foster critical thinking and engaged citizenship among secondary and postsecondary students. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he has published on critical media literacy, Cuban politics, the impact of neoliberalism on higher education, standardized testing, labor struggles, and film. Marmol is currently writing his doctoral thesis as an autoethnography and testimonio about growing up as the son of Latino immigrants in Orange County, California. Emil has professional film and radio production experience.

Anthony J. Nocella II

is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Salt Lake Community College and has published over fifty scholarly articles or book chapters. He is the editor of Peace Studies Journal, co-founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Director of the Academy for Peace Education, Editor of the Radical Animal Studies and Total Liberation book series, and National Co-Coordinator of Save the Kids. He has published more than forty books, most recently including Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement (Peter Lang, 2013). His website is

Ben Ristow

is an Assistant Professor in Writing and Rhetoric at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York). His book (forthcoming, Bloomsbury 2020) Craft Consciousness and Artistic Practice in Creative Writing displaces dominant craft discourse in creative writing and conceptualizes craft as ‘a way of thinking through making’ that is inclusive, collective, and inter- and postdisciplinary. Along with his scholarship in the field of writing studies, his fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ambit, Southwest Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and

JL Schatz

is the Director of Debate at Binghamton University, which has been ranked in the top ten nationally for over the past decade and was ranked 1st in the nation in 2008. In 2016, he was awarded the Brownlee Award by the Cross-Examination Debate Association for his outstanding achievement in scholarship, education, and service to the debate community. He also serves as Lecturer of English and Feminist Evolutionary Theory and is on the Executive Board of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. He has published articles on disability studies, critical animal studies, and radical pedagogy within debate.

Mark Seis

is Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has published on a variety of topics ranging from the juvenile death penalty, to environmental topics including the Clean Air Act, global warming, ozone depletion, and acid rain, to various types of environmental crime, to globalization and the environment, to issues concerning radical environmentalism. His primary research interests include sustainable communities, all things environment, anarchist studies, and radical pedagogy.

Jeff Shantz

is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Coast Salish territories in Metro Vancouver. He is the author of numerous books, including the Crisis and Resistance trilogy (Commonist Tendencies (2013); Crisis States (2016); Insurrectionary Infrastructures (2018)) with Punctum Books. He is the founder of the Critical Criminology Working Group ( and co-founding member of the Social Justice Centre at KPU, where he is lead researcher on the Anti-Poverty/Criminalization/Social War Policing project ( He is active with Anti-Police Power Surrey, a grassroots community group.

Kim Socha

holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches writing and literature in traditional classrooms, correctional facilities, and immigration/refugee centers. She is the author of two books; her most recent being Animal Liberation and Atheism (Freethought House, 2014), and co-editor of two others. At the time of this writing, she has taken leave from the U.S. academic sector and is living on an island in the midst of the Pacific Ocean figuring out what’s what.

Richard J. White

is a Reader in Human Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Greatly influenced by anarchist praxis, his research explores a range of ethical, economic, and activist landscapes striving for social and spatial justice. He co-edited The Radicalization of Pedagogy, Theories of Resistance, and The Practice of Freedom (all, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and Anarchism and Animal Liberation (McFarland Press, 2015). His work has been published in numerous journals and books, including: Taking Back Our Universities (Peter Lang, 2017); Animal Oppression and Capitalism (Praeger, 2017); and Critical Animal Geographies (Routledge, 2014).

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