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); Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber and Other Essays (Wesleyan); and Floating in a Most Peculiar Way, a memoir (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2021).
Ashley M. Howard is a Book Reviews Editor for TBS. She is an Assistant Professor at University of Iowa. 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.
Paul J. Edwards is a Book Reviews Editor for TBS. He is a postdoctoral fellow of African American Literature at Rutgers University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University, where he also completed a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His current book project, The Black Wave: The New Negro Renaissance in Interwar Germany is under consideration by University of Michigan Press. The manuscript reveals the extent of the effects of the New Negro/Harlem Renaissance in Germany from 1925 to 1938. It emerges from the translation of archival films, poster art, periodicals, and music recordings in the United States, Germany, and Austria. He has forthcoming articles in Modernism/modernity and German Studies Review and has contributed to Black Power Encyclopedia: From “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings and the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance.
Shannon Hanks-Mackey is the Managing Editor for TBS. They studied Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, with a focus on Black Southern literature and film, gender, conjure/spirituality, and coming-of-age, at the University of Washington in Seattle.