Spark Team: (Top Left) Stephen J. AguiIar, Michelle J. Bellino, Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Carson Byrd, Mary Jo Callan, Manoucheka Celeste, B. Ethan Coston, Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Seanna Leath, Elizabeth Rule, Rita Shah (Bottom Right)

Editorial Board

Stephen J. AguiIar, Editor

Stephen J. AguiIar is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Educational Psychology concentration at USC Rossier School of Education. His research agenda has two overlapping areas of focus: educational technology and policy relevant educational interventions. Dr. Aguilar’s work also focuses on policy-relevant educational interventions based in educational psychology and includes work that uses what we know about learning and motivation to correct misconceptions about educational policy. This work constitutes an essential tool to combat the proliferation of inaccurate information during increasing political polarization.

Michelle J. Bellino, Editor

Michelle Bellino is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Education. Her research centers on the intersections between education and youth civic development in contexts impacted by armed conflict and forced displacement. Across diverse settings, she explores how experiences with violence, asylum, and peace and justice processes influence young people’s participation in schools and society, future aspirations, as well as educational access and inclusion.

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Editor

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. Her scholarship centers identity in shaping access to democracy, justice, and representation. She is author of Identity Politics in the United States (Polity Press) and co-author of a new project Protesting Vulnerability: Race and Pandemic Politics (Cambridge University Press). She has contributions to The New York Times, MSNBC, L.A. Times, Fox News Radio, Democracy Now, and Universal Media Group. She hosts the weekly Connecticut Public Radio show and podcast, Disrupted.

Carson Byrd, Editor

W. Carson Byrd is an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the University of Michigan’s School of Education. His research explores the mechanisms of race and racism within educational environments, particularly colleges and universities, that can amplify inequities and inequalities. His work also explores the racialization of science and knowledge production, intersectional disparities in STEM education, and critical quantitative methods.

Mary Jo Callan, Special Advisor for Community Engagement

Mary Jo Callan is the Vice President for Community Engagement and Stark Family Executive Director of the Swearer Center at Brown University.

Manoucheka Celeste, Editor

Manoucheka Celeste is a researcher, educator, and mentor. She conducts research on media representations of race, gender, class, and nation, and on identity formation in the United States and the Caribbean (e.g. Haiti). Her current work focuses on citizenship narratives surrounding Blackness, Black womanhood, grief, and transnational mobility. Other research interests include mentoring, first-generation college students, and media literacy. Celeste is author of the award-winning book Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Traveling Blackness. She is currently an Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois Chicago.

B. Ethan Coston, Editor

B. Ethan Coston lives, teaches, and researches at the intersections of critical sexuality studies, epistemic cultures, and critiques of the biomedical industrial complex. As a White, neurotrans, queer-crip human who grew up in rural, conservatively-religious poverty, and is among the first in their family to go to college, their work is intimately political. They facilitate the Feminist Philosophies + Praxis of Sexuality and Health Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, where they are also an Advanced Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Editor

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez is an Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the legacies of colonialism and how communities narrate their sense of place and belonging. Fonseca-Chávez is the co-editor of Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland with the University of New Mexico Press, 2020. Her monograph, Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking through the Kaleidoscope was published in 2020 with the University of Arizona Press.

Seanna Leath, Editor

My research program considers variation in the family and school-based experiences of Black youth and young adults, including how they draw on their identity beliefs as cultural assets to promote positive academic and psychosocial development. My work engages these processes among Black girls and women in particular, utilizing theoretical and methodological approaches grounded in education, psychology, and Black feminist thought. A core part of my scholarship involves producing strengths-based research that contests the epistemic violence enacted to silence, marginalize, and dehumanize Black women and girls. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University St. Louis.

Elizabeth Rule, Editor

Dr. Elizabeth Rule (Chickasaw Nation) is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University. Rule’s research on Indigenous issues has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR, and has been published in American Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. More than 100 public speaking engagements have taken her across three continents and to seven countries. Previously, Dr. Rule has held posts as a Director of the Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, MIT Indigenous Communities Fellow, and Ford Foundation Fellow. Rule received her Ph.D. from Brown University.

Rita Shah, Editor

Dr. Rita Shah is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. Her research combines textual analysis with qualitative and visual methods to understand the ways in which correctional systems are socially and legally constructed. Her research focuses on the geographic location of correctional spaces, how we think of the concept of rehabilitation, and criminological research methods and classroom pedagogy. She is also an amateur photographer. You can learn more about her academic and photographic work at her website: ritashahphd.com