Corey Creekmur is the founding and general editor of the award-winning Comics Culture book series for Rutgers University Press, and is currently Second Vice President of the Comics Studies Society (leading to the role of President in 2023), which he helped launch. His publications include essays on race and underground comics.
David Cassels Johnson is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Iowa and Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University. His research, teaching, and service focus on how language policies impact educational opportunities for students in bilingual education and English language education programs. Before coming to the University of Iowa in 2013, he held faculty positions in education and linguistics at Washington State University and Texas A&M University and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Equatorial Guinea and the University of Costa Rica. He has authored over 40 books, book chapters, and journal articles and serves on the editorial board of five journals.
Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz has published articles on rhetoric and reproduction, the commercial surrogacy industry, and third-wave feminism, as well as book chapters on the public debates surrounding birth control and communication activism pedagogy. She is currently collaborating with Sharon Yam at the University of Kentucky on a new book that explores how feminist reproductive health care providers and reproductive justice and rights advocates are crafting new vocabularies and practices to address the complexities of gender in pregnancy, childbirth, and family formation.
Rebekah Kowal teaches dance history and theory and serves as the DEO of the Department of Dance. Her research investigates how moving bodies are compelling agents of social, cultural, and political change. A dancer and scholar, Kowal seeks to forge interdisciplinary connections between dance theory and practice. Kowal’s research program is deeply archive-based and interdisciplinary, and frames transnational issues as extending from U.S.-based contexts. Drawing from fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, her research contributes to advancing knowledge in the areas of dance, American, and performance studies. At its core, her work investigates how individual and collective bodies engage in social and political power relations at multiple levels simultaneously (individual, community, state, global).