Dr. Melissa Hidalgo earned her Ph.D. in Literature at UC San Diego. She has twenty years of teaching experience at the university, community college, and high school levels. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o/x-Latina/o/x literature, performance, and cultural production; cultural studies topics such as popular music, popular culture, and fandom; critical queer, gender, and race studies; and US 19th and 20th century literature. Her book, Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands (Headpress UK, 2016), explores the transnational subcultural phenomenon of Morrissey and Smiths fandom in Los Angeles and across the US-Mexico borderlands. Dr. Hidalgo recently completed a US Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she completed Mozlandia and began research for a new project that explores the Mexican American cultural presence in Ireland through food, music, and barbershops. She is also a regular contributing writer for L.A. Taco.
Dr. Rosie Kar earned her MA and PhD from the Comparative Literature Program at UC Santa Barbara, with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Her research is on the intersections of literary studies, critical race theory, feminist theory, history, affective labor, post-colonial studies, media studies, social justice advocacy, and popular culture. She is a writer, poet, and photographer. Her current projects include narratives of South Asian American communities surviving at the intersections of xenophobia and Orientalism, and an account of genealogical trauma of Sindhi survivors of the 1947 Partition. She is part of the inaugural class of fellows at the Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and has published in the most recent iterations of ABC Clio’s 25 Events that Shaped Asian American History, and Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History.
Kavitha Koshy has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University. Her areas of expertise include transnational feminist theories and activism, global feminisms, U.S. women of color theories, critical race theories, and globalization, “development,” and immigration studies. Her current work explores the racialization of new immigrants in the United States. She is also interested in decolonial theorizing and practice. Dr. Koshy has a background of human rights and grassroot organizing work in India.
Kelly Sharron is currently completing her PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation, “The Caring State: The Politics of Contradiction in Ferguson, Missouri,” focuses on state power formations, and in particular police brutality, examining the state as a caring apparatus in the wake of continued violence. Considering moments of social upheaval and rupture, Sharron interrogates the ways the state attempts to repair its own harm as a contemporary instantiation of state capture, and as a means to quell revolt.
Jonathan Wysocki is a queer film director, screenwriter, producer, and festival programmer. He has worked for the Los Angeles Film Festival and independent production companies as well as for large studios like MGM. His award-winning short films have screened at festivals on 6 continents and his film A DOLL’S EYES has been translated into multiple languages. Wysocki’s feature screenplay ALL FALL DOWN was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and won Sundance’s Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship as well as two Annenberg Grants. Wysocki is a Project: Involve Fellow at Film Independent, an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus, and an adjunct professor at Chapman University in addition to CSULB.
Mariam Youssef teaches at CSULB and Cerritos College. Her research focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and survival, especially in persecuted religious communities.