Louis Chude-Sokei is the Editor-in-Chief for TBS. He is currently at the University of Washington, Seattle. With a PhD in English from UCLA, he has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, UC Santa Cruz and has worked with the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora as well as other cultural institutions. Academic interests range from West African, Caribbean and American literary and cultural studies, sound, music and theory, to technology, media and performance. His literary and public work focuses on immigration the differences in black on black cultural contacts, particularly in the context of the new African Diaspora. The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke 2006), was a John Hope Franklin Center Book and finalist for the 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as the 2007 George Freedley Memorial Award. Other work includes “Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber: Reggae, Technology and the Diaspora Process,” published as a monograph in Jamaica (1997) and South Africa (2012) and was the text for a traveling multimedia exhibit and art catalogue in Spain (2003). Forthcoming book projects include The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Techno-Poetics (Wesleyan University Press) as well as a work of literary non-fiction.
Shireen K. Lewis is a Senior Editor for TBS. She is Executive Director of EduSeed and Founder of EduSeed’s SisterMentors program. Under her leadership, SisterMentors has helped 52 women of color to earn doctorates including in Math, Science and Economics, and 26 young women of color from low income families to go to college including to Duke, Bates, and Goucher. She has won many awards for her work with SisterMentors, including an honorary degree from Rutgers University. She has taught at several universities including as Visiting Scholar at the University of Virginia. Her scholarship and teaching are in Francophone West African and Caribbean literature. Her book, Race, Culture and Identity: Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory from Négritude to Créolité (Lexington Books, 2006), is the first comprehensive study of the relationship between Négritude, Antillanité and Créolité. Her scholarship interrogates black identity as theorized by black Francophone intellectuals including Léopold Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Paulette Nardal and Patrick Chamoiseau. She is the first scholar to write a full biography of Paulette Nardal, the Martinican woman intellectual and activist. She positions Nardal and other black women as intellectual contributors to the birth of Négritude. She earned a Ph.D. in French Literature from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Douglass College, the woman’s college at Rutgers University. She practiced law as a litigator with a New York City law firm. She has served on the board of several community organizations that promote education and equity for women and girls including the Washington, D.C. branch of the American Association of University Women. She is a peer-reviewer for Public: A Journal of Imagining America, and a former columnist for the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. She is currently at work on a memoir and an entry for the forthcoming Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press).
Jonathan Fenderson is an Associate Editor for TBS. He is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in the renowned W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. His research interests include Black Cultural & Social Movements and Black Intellectual & Radical Traditions. His writings have appeared in a number of places, including Race & Class, the Journal of African-American History, the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of African-American Studies, the Western Journal of Black Studies, and the Black Scholar. He is currently completing his first book project on Hoyt Fuller and the Black Arts Movement.
Ashley M. Howard is a Book Reviews Editor for TBS. She is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois in 2012. Her research interests include African Americans in the Midwest; the intersection between race, class and gender; and the global history of racial violence. As an educator, Dr. Howard’s primary goal is to teach students to be effective writers, critical thinkers, and active world citizens. She is also dedicated to sharing her scholarly knowledge outside of the traditional campus community. Specifically, Dr. Howard has greatly valued teaching opportunities where she can provide university-level education to those with limited access, including underserved schools and correctional facilities.
Michael O. West is a Book Reviews Editor for TBS. Michael O. West is Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies, and History at Binghamton University. He has published broadly in the fields of African studies, African diaspora studies, African American studies, Pan-Africanism, history, and historical sociology. His current research centers on the Black Power movement in global perspectives.
Shannon Hanks-Mackey is the Managing Editor for TBS. She studied Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, with a focus on Black Southern literature/film, sci-fi/fantasy, gender, and the bildungsroman, at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an editor and writer. Her work has been published in Hoarse, Alice Blue Review, and Crack the Spine.