Editorial

In 2006 and 2007, I served as the culture editor for the Kyiv Post, the largest English-language newspaper in Ukraine. Based primarily in Kyiv, I wrote about the cultural offerings in the capital as well as other regions of the country, such as Odessa and the Crimean Peninsula (when that latter region was still controlled by Ukraine). My articles ranged from restaurant and club reviews to holistic assessments of the culinary and cultural scenes to vacation guides and event listings to profiles of engaging locals and ex-pats, among others. I also assigned and edited stories by a small group of both in-house and freelance journalists. (Articles available upon request.)

In 2018, after writing an article for Radical Teacher‘s special issue on “Teaching and Resistance in the Time of Trumpism,” I was asked to join their editorial board. Founded in 1975, the journal describes itself as “a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching.” Since joining, I continue to participate in every aspect of the journal’s functioning. I attend quarterly meetings, help develop and define special issues, recruit and vet new potential board members, solicit and edit manuscripts on a wide variety of pedagogy-related topics through numerous rounds of revision, and copyedit issues before publication, among numerous other tasks. I have also recently become co-editor of our Book Reviews section, wherein I research new titles for possible review, solicit reviews, and work with review writers to polish and complete their articles. Most recently, along with Drs. Joseph Entin and Belinda Dean Wallace, I am co-editing a special issue on “Teaching Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and Corona.” The three of us drafted and revised the CFP, read numerous submissions, and are now working with half a dozen authors to revise their essays for publication. I am also co-writing, along with Dr. Wallace, the introduction for this issue. We expect publication in the summer of 2022.

I have also just completed co-editing, along with Dr. Daniel Worden, a collection of essays for Bloomsbury Academic entitled New Directions in Print Culture Studies: Archives, Materiality, and Modern American Culture. The press describes the book as one that “features new methods and approaches to cultural and literary history that draw on periodicals, print culture, and material culture, thus revising and rewriting what we think we know about the aesthetic, cultural, and social history of transnational America…. New Directions in Print Culture Studies brings together leading scholars to address the methodological, historical, and theoretical commitments that emerge from studying how periodicals, books, images, and ideas circulated from the 19th century to the present. Reaching beyond national boundaries, the essays in this book focus on the different materials and archives that we can use to rewrite literary history in ways that highlight not a canon of ‘major’ literary works, but instead the networks, dialogues, and tensions that define print cultures in various moments and movements.”

Dr. Worden and I solicited and edited fourteen chapters from various scholars in a number of fields, co-wrote the introduction, and also submitted our own chapters to the collection. The book is currently in production and is expected to be published in the summer of 2022.