Alexandra Hidalgo (ed.), Brooke Chambers, Les Hutchinson, Jaquetta Shade, Lauren Brentnell, Shewonda Leger, Mirabeth Braude, Naomi Sweo, and Suban Nur Cooley
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About the authors
Alexandra Hidalgo is an award-winning Venezuelan filmmaker, whose documentaries have been official selections for film festivals in 14 countries, and whose videos and activist writing have been featured on The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, and NPR. She is assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her video book Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition received the 2017 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the digital publication agnès films: supporting women and feminist filmmakers and of the peer-reviewed journal constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space.
Brooke earned her master’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University in 2017. Her research focused on sound editing practices and feminist approaches to composing digital media. After graduation, Brooke started a writing consulting company. She works with individuals, small businesses, and community organizations to develop content and help tell their stories.
Les is a PhD candidate in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures department at Michigan State University. She teaches technical and first-year writing courses. Her research questions the way social media platforms and hidden algorithms enforce user participation within colonial practices such as cultural appropriation, racial violence, and erasure. She is currently co-editing Writing in a Digital Age: Surveillance, Privacy, and Writing Infrastructures, a collection of essays addressing the impact of surveillance on communities and writing practices. She also published several book chapters and a co-authored article in Computers & Composition.
Jaquetta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a PhD candidate in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests include cultural rhetorics, historiography, American Indian rhetorics, decolonial theory, tribal feminism, food studies, Indigenous methodologies, memoir and creative nonfiction writing, and multimodal composition. As a Cherokee language-learner, she is also interested in tribal literacy practices. Her dissertation project focuses on rhetorical strategies of survivance in Cherokee foodways using oral history, embodied practice, land-based knowledge, and archival research methods.
Lauren is a doctoral candidate in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is a trauma studies scholar, focusing on the ways that we can study trauma at the intersections of cultural and digital rhetorics. Her current project researches how universities respond to sexual assault and how we can better incorporate trauma-informed, care-based approaches within university programs. She is also the current editorial assistant at constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space.
Shewonda is a doctoral candidate in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. As a Haitian-American filmmaker, she theorizes ways in which Caribbean and Diaspora women use their lived experiences to shape and share narratives that reclaim and advocate diverse characteristics of identity. She also theorizes digital composing pedagogy and processes involved in how students embody themselves in different modes in composition, professional writing, community, and digital spaces.
Mirabeth graduated with her master’s degree in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy from Michigan State University with a research focus in rhetorical practices and pedagogies of happiness in higher education. She has published in the Peer Review Journal, Capital Gains Media, and Swallow the Moon: A Literary Journal. She currently works as the Specialist for Training and Development at Success Academy Charter School in New York, where she creates yearlong trainings for over 200 school operations team members.Naomi earned her Master’s degree in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University in 2017. Her research touches on fourth-wave feminist practices in online discourse communities. Prior to her foray into academia and higher education administration, her journalistic pieces and book reviews were published in The Portland Mercury and the Ventura County Star. She is currently a communications specialist at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Suban is a PhD student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests are focused on identity formation, womyn in diasporic communities, how digital technologies have an impact on displaced populations, and the way transnational imagined communities utilize digital spaces for social justice and change. Furthermore, she wants to look closely at how identity is affected by memory, assimilation, and displacement. Suban is also a proud member of the Somali diaspora, and a spoken word artist and storyteller with a passion for community, travel, and quixotic adventures.