Louis Chude-Sokei is the Editor-in-Chief for TBS. He is Professor of English and the George and Joyce Wein Chair at Boston University where he is also Director of African American Studies. His work includes, The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke 2006), a John Hope Franklin Center Book and finalist for the 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as the 2007 George Freedley Memorial Award; The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Techno-Poetics (Wesleyan University Press 2015); the forthcoming Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber and Other Essays (Wesleyan); and a work of literary non-fiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
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 65 women of color to earn doctorates including in Math, Science and Economics, and 45 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 and the Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award. She has taught at several universities including as visiting professor at the University of Virginia. Her scholarship and teaching are in Francophone West African and Caribbean literature. Her work includes, Race, Culture and Identity: Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory from Négritude to Créolité (Lexington Books, 2006) and a biography on Paulette Nardal in the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press, 2016). 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 women’s college at Rutgers University. She practiced law as a litigator with a New York City law firm.
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. He 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, with a focus on Black Southern literature/film, fantasy, gender, and the bildungsroman, at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to her work at TBS, she is a freelance writer and copyeditor.