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gordon_biopicGordon Barnes is a doctoral student studying Latin American and Caribbean history at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests engage questions relating to conceptions of race, political violence, and Afro-American political formations during the nineteenth-century. His current research focuses on manifestations and threats of political violence among people of color in nineteenth-century Jamaica during the period between the Baptist War and the Morant Bay Rebellion (1830-1865), and the subsequent responses by the plantocracy and Colonial Office. Prior to working on nineteenth-century history, Gordon researched political radicalism in post-independent Jamaica.

tim_biopicTimothy M. Griffiths is a Ph.D. student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a teaching fellow at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His areas of research include queer theory, ecology, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, African-American literature, and black.queer intersectionality. His current projects include work on Samuel Delany’s queer.black utopia; Charles Johnson’s Black Atlantic temporal aesthetics; and Herman Melville’s interventions in queer posthumanism. His most recent article, “‘O’er Pathless Rocks’: Wordsworth, Landscape Aesthetics, and Queer Ecology,” is forthcoming in ISLE.

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Kristina Huang is an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She studies English literature and is currently working on her dissertation, entitled “Toward a Black Enlightenment: Inquiry and Slavery in the Long Eighteenth-Century.” Her research interests include Anglophone literature of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century, Race, Atlantic History, and the African Diaspora. Kristina received the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Archival Research Award in Africana Studies earlier this year. Prior to becoming a Writing Fellow at Baruch College for 2013-2014, she taught English literature at City College. Kristina Huang’s work has appeared in Small Axe Salon and Social Text Journal online.

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Tristan Striker is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the CUNY Graduate Center and is currently teaching at FIT. When he is not writing or preparing his lessons, Tristan likes to watch cheesy action movies and listen to electronic music. His research focuses on the history, memory, and the manifestations of the slave trade and the middle passage in African American and African diasporic literature.

frances_biopicFrances Tran is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the English program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation is titled “Animate Impossibilities: on Racialization, Knowledge Politics, and Alternative Humanities.” It examines Asian American studies as an exemplary knowledge formation through which we might approach and challenge violent forms of racialization that persist in the academy in a putatively “post-race” era. Her primary research interests engage questions on aesthetics, knowledge politics, and social justice. Frances received the Dean K. Harrison Award in 2012 and is a Mellon doctoral fellow on the Committee on Globalization and Social Change. She teaches courses on composition, literature, place, and memory at Queens College.

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