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Dr. Trimiko Melancon
Associate Editor, College Language Association Journal

Dr. Trimiko Melancon is Associate Professor at Loyola University and the award-winning author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation and co-editor (with Joanne M. Braxton) of Black Female Sexualities. A scholar, writer, and cultural critic, she has published in various academic journals and provided public commentary for Ms., Huffington Post, Elle, Wired, Black Perspectives, and BBC World News, among others.

Dr. Kameelah Martin
Assistant Editor, College Language Association Journal

Dr. Kameelah L. Martin is Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she is also Director of the African American Studies Program. Dr. Martin’s research explores the lore cycle of the conjure woman, or black priestess, as an archetype in literature and visual texts.  She is author of two monographs: Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, & Other Such Hoodoo (Palgrave 2013) and Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema (Lexington 2016). She has served as the Book Review Editor of the College Language Association Journal and has published in Studies in the Literary Imagination, Black Women, Gender, & Families, as well as the African American National Biography. She has edited special issues of Genealogy, South Atlantic Review, and co-edited a section of the Routledge Anthology of African American Rhetoric (2018).

Dr. Marie Sairsingh
Advisory Editor, College Language Association Journal

Dr. Marie Sairsingh is Associate Professor of English at the University of the Bahamas. She is published in various peer reviewed journals including the Journal of West Indian Literature, CLA Journal, and the International Journal on Bahamian Studies. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Bahamian Studies and Tout Moun: Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Literatures of the African Diaspora, the intersection of Literature and Africana Philosophy, Caribbean Literary and Cultural Theory, and Gender Studies.

Dr. Simon Abramowitsch

Advisory Editor, College Language Association Journal

Dr. Simon Abramowitsch is currently an English Instructor at Chabot College. He earned his Ph.D. in English with a Designated Emphasis in African American Studies from the University of California, Davis. He has published essays on the Black Arts/Black Power Movement and Ta-Nehisi Coates. He is also working on a history of multi-ethnic literature and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1960s-1990s.

Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés

Advisory Editor, College Language Association Journal

Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés is the director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York-CUNY. A graduate of Yale and Vanderbilt Universities, and an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, her research interests focus on the cultural production of peoples of African descent throughout the Americas: the United States and Latin America, including the Caribbean and Brazil. She is the series editor of Afro-Latinx Futures Series from SUNY Press, and the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora (2012). She is the author of Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas (2014) and Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (2017).