charisselpree.comCharisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay is an Assistant Professor of Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She holds B.S. degree in Brain and Cognitive Science and Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.A. degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology also from USC.
K. Michelle E’toile is a recent M.A. in Humanities ’18 graduate from Dominican University of California.  She enjoys deep conversation — mainly challenging the heteronormative construct, but aside from philosophical thinking, she is a poet and an adventurous spirit.
Neil Feinstein, M.S., became an Assistant Professor of Advertising at St. John’s University after a 30-year career in advertising advising brands such as American Express, Disney, The New York Times and Merrill Lynch. His research focus is digital innovation: he seeks to explore the possibilities of digital engagement to enhance customer relationships and drive brand success.
Minna Aslama Horowitz (Dr. Soc. Sc.) is Docent and Researcher at the University of Helsinki and member of the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group; Fellow at St. John’s University, New York; and Fellow and Expert on Advocacy and Digital Rights at the Central European University, Budapest. Horowitz researches and publishes on media and communications policies, communication rights, public interest media, and media activism.
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Petra Jansa is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication and Cultural Studies. Her research is dedicated to the sociocultural significance of festivals in contemporary urban society. In the case of festivals and other cultural activities in the urban public space, she is primarily interested in their perception by residents and what is known as the unintended audience. Last three years she spent by investigating of the Krymska Street in Prague, where the gentrification process of the whole area has begun. Petra has recently received a three-year-long grant to research the impact of the festival on life in the post-industrial city of Ostrava. She presented at international conferences (for example in/between: cultures of connectivity NECS Conference in Potsdam, Cities as Community Spaces Conference in Malta, Urban Matters Conference in Utrecht, The City: Image and Imaginaries Conference in Madrid) and actually is preparing to publish a study on the community festival as a chapter in ICA Book Series.
Kathleen LeBesco, Ph.D., is Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Her work concerns food and ideology, fat activism, disability and representation, working-class identity, and queer politics. She is author of Revolting Bodies: The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, co-author of Culinary Capital, and co-editor of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture, Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression, Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning, and The Drag King Anthology, as well as dozens of book chapters and journal articles. Her work was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and received an honorable mention for the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies. She has appeared as a commentator on The Today Show, National Public Radio, and Les Francs-Tireurs (CBC), in documentary films, and in print outlets including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Der Spiegel (Germany)
Ángel D. Lozada Rodríguez holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and is currently the Associate Director in a power generator company. He has worked on research projects focused on Caribbean history, human rights, and migration patterns. In recent years his academic work has focused on gender studies, consumption and anthropological linguistics. His thesis is “Every car has a boyfriend: modifications, masculinities and social uses of private cars”.
Brendan Mahoney is currently a doctoral student in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Their research interests lie at the murky intersection of critical theory, political economy, and computational methods. In particular, Brendan is interested in how ideology spreads and changes through everyday economic interactions as well as how that process can be explained to readers who might not be otherwise familiar with conversations in critical scholarship.