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Writers’ Bios
Lauren Gohara #57; "An Art of Income Inequality"

Lauren Gohara #57. See “An Art of Income Inequality,” Zeteo, 11.10.2014

Please note that these bios are as of the time of contributing to Zeteo. Students becomes teachers and so forth.


Michael Bachem has been, inter alia, Chair of the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages at Temple University; Professor of German & Chair of the Department of German, Russian & East Asian Languages at Miami Univeristy (Ohio); and Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. He now lives in Portland, Maine. See his 31 October 1517.

Vanessa Badagliacca, born and raised in Italy, is pursuing a doctorate in contemporary art history at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. Her thesis focuses on organic materiality in twentieth-century art. See her Doing and Nothing: An exploration of Song Dong’s Doing Nothing Garden and the possibility of renewing ourselves and our environment through not doing in the Spring 2014 issue.

Andrew Bass is an essayist and poet from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University where he studied Philosophy and English Literature. See his Unread Books.

Jeffrey M. Barnes is a lawyer, a doctoral student of comparative literature and an adjunct assistant professor of classical mythology at Hunter College—with an interest in the history of perfume. See his review Nothing to Sniff At.

Richard M. Berrong is a professor of French and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program at Kent State University. See his Oil Paintings of Word Paintings of Nature’s Paintings: Gauguin’s Early Tahitian Canvases and Pierre Loti’s Le Mariage de Loti (The Marriage of Loti), in the Spring 2013 issue.

Moorel Bey is a very busy mother, writer, and graduate student who enjoys contributing to Zeteo when her demanding schedule allows. She works in social services in Los Angeles County and has a BA in psychology and an MA in humanities, and is pursuing a Master’s in public administration. See Is Rachel Dolezal Black?

Aaron Botwick is completing his Master’s in Liberal Studies at CUNY, writing his thesis on Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading. He writes about theater in New York. See his That Troublesome Jew: Shylock and the corruption of The Merchant of Venice.

Rachel M. Brownstein teaches at Brooklyn College and in the English, Liberal Studies, and Women’s Studies Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her most recent book is Why Jane Austen? (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Steven A. Burr is Director of Program Operations and Affiliate Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Loyola University Maryland, and Editor-in-Chief of Confluence—The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. His recent book, Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home (Lexington Books, 2014), examines the human engagement, aesthetically and existentially, with the finitude and limits that define human existence. He completed his doctoral work in liberal studies at Georgetown University, where he also developed and taught courses in the Department of Theology until 2012. See his Names & Naming—Identity, Self-Determination, Power and Reading, Violence, Solidarity.

Pablo Bustinduy is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at The New School for Social Research. He is currently writing a dissertation on the political philosophy of space. See his The Scandal of Democracy: Chaotic Thoughts on the Occupied Squares.

Ana Maria Caballero worked in finance, journalism, wine importation, and even on an international anti-drug campaign for the Colombian government before taking time off to become a mom. Now she focuses her attention on writing poetry and book thoughts. Some of her work is available at The Drugstore Notebook. See her regular Tuesday Zeteo is Reading posts on poetry.

Sue Ellen Christian is an associate professor of journalism at Western Michigan University. Her book, Overcoming Bias: A Journalist’s Guide to Culture and Context was published in 2012 by Holcomb Hathaway. See her and Ann Miles’s Consent and Money: A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the Fall 2013 issue. With Herbert Lowe she wrote Ferguson, Journalism, Twitter: The news media and social media: Together for better and for worse.

Clifford D. Conner, a faculty member of the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center, is the author of A People’s History of Science, and Jean Paul Marat: Tribune of the French Revolution.

Rachel Corbman is a doctoral student in Women’s and Gender Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Her current research centers on twentieth century feminist, LGBT, and African-American social movements. See Next Time, the Fire in Giovanni’s Room: The Critical Reception of James Baldwin’s Second Novel in the Black Press and her review Notes of a Year of James Baldwin.

Tucker Cox has worked and lived in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, co-founded and managed a small, high tech company and taught marketing at The University of Georgia. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina Asheville and a Master of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University. Tuck’s lifetime travel goal is 100 countries and 7 continents. His current status is 87 and 6, Antarctica still outstanding. See his Zeteo is Reading posts on classic travel literature.

Walter Cummins’ sixth short story collection, Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism, was recently published by Del Sol Press. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is co-publisher of Serving House Books. See his Cancer and Culpability: Malignancy in an Imperfect World.

Daniel D’Arezzo is a poet-songwriter who has lived in Buenos Aires since 2010. He was the founding editor of The Conversation, the City University journal that preceded Zeteo. See his Elizabeth Bishop and Howard Moss: A Question of Accuracy.

Jennifer Dean is currently working on a documentary on female filmmakers—The 2nd Sex and the 7th Artwhile also writing reviews for Educational Media Reviews Online and working on short documentaries and narrative films of various genres. More information about her work can be found at jenniferdean.biz. See her Zeteo is Reading posts on women and film.

William EatonExecutive Editor of Zeteo. A collection of his essays, Surviving the Twenty-First Century, was published in July 2015. (Surviving the website.) “On Pointing,” which appeared in Agni, was named one of the distinguished essays of its year. In 2014 The Professor of Ignorance Condemns the Airplane, an intellectual dialogue, was staged in New York. See Montaigbakhtinian.com for his ongoing explorations of ethics and modern life. Click for his Zeteo is Reading posts—Dilettante is not a four-letter word.

Katie Eller is a Curriculum Support Instructor in the Randolph County Schools of North Carolina and a graduate student in Duke University’s Master of Liberal Studies program. See her Educating the Young WizardJ.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and Xenophilius Lovegood.

Ian Ettinger, a student in the City University of New York Liberal Studies program, is preparing a master’s thesis on the relation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway to space-time, selfhood, and the politics of everyday life. See his Relativity and Quantum Theory in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves.

Caterina Gironda completed her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a concentration in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her thesis analyzed how public policy and pop-culture have shaped modern-day marital expectations in America. Caterina recently relocated to Durham, North Carolina where she is serving as Zeteo’s Southern Editor. See her Rethinking Rape and her Zeteo is Reading posts on women’s issues.

For Lauren Gohara‘s bio and some of her art work, see An Art of Income Inequality.

Martin Green taught classical and medieval literature and mythology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Professor emeritus, he is currently writing a book on popular American magazines of the 1920s. See his The Immigration Debate—from the 1920s and Genesis Interpretation After Auerbach.

Sigrun Hodne is a Norwegian writer and art critic. When not writing for newspapers or magazines she might be blogging at Sub Rosa. See her Susiraja Obesity Selfies Art: Sublime Ugliness — from a Nordic point of view, January 2016.

James L. Hughes, Ph.D., is a documentary filmmaker, instructor in American Studies and an academic adviser in Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests include visual culture, film, the South, documentary production, and deindustrialization of rural spaces. See his History, Method, and Representation: Photo-Elicitation and Lewis Hine’s Photographs of Child Labor in Chester County, South Carolina in the Fall 2013 issue.

Stuart Johnson was an attorney practicing in Charlotte, North Carolina. See his review Memory Stor(i)es.

Ashok Karra studies political philosophy at the University of Dallas. He blogs regularly at ashokkarra.com. See his review Environmental Philosophy and the Question of Origins.

Heather Lang’s poetry has been published by or is forthcoming in Pleiades, december, Mead, Jelly Bucket, The Normal School online, among other publications. She serves as the Online Managing Editor for The Literary Review, as Co-Editor for Petite Hound Press, and as an adjunct professor. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her chapbook manuscript was named a semifinalist in the 2014 Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook competition, her poetry has been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and she will serve as an AWP16 moderator/panelist. See Hennen’s Groundhog Day: Poetry, Pop Culture.

Mitch Kellaway is a freelance writer, editor, and independent scholar in queer and transgender studies. He holds a degree in gender studies from Harvard University and has been co-editing Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves (Transgress Press, Summer 2014). For more see , along with his Wouldn’t You Like to Know? Reading Queer Theory in Pop TV.

Paul Kelly is a graduate of the City University of New York Liberal Studies program whose areas of research include torture and international relations. See his review The Price of Uranium: the Congo and Hammarsköld.

Lama Zuhair Khouri is a psychotherapist in private practice and a researcher and student at Teachers College Columbia University. See her How Does It Feel To Be The Enemy? An Arab mother’s reflections on the Boston Tragedy.

June S. Knopf is a writer and researcher with special interests in the interdisciplinary fields of visual culture and magazine history. See her Magazine Cover Images of Motorized Personal Transportation in the 1910s: Reflecting and Effecting Changing Times.

Gayle Rodda Kurtz received her Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center with a concentration in European art of the 18th and 19th centuries. She is Acting Chair of the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute. See her text about Lauren Gohara in An Art of Income Inequality.

Herbert Lowe is a professional in residence and director of journalism for social change at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He was a reporter for 22 years including at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday in New York. He served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists from 2003 to 2005. See his and Sue Ellen Christian’s Ferguson, Journalism, Twitter: The news media and social media: Together for better and for worse.

Ann Miles, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist. She is the author of From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration and Living with Lupus: Women and Chronic Illness in Ecuador, both from the University of Texas Press. She her and Sue Ellen Christian’s Consent and Money: A dialogue on the ethical dilemmas in the reporting and writing of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Alex Marshall studied French and German at the University of Edinburgh and Modern Languages at Exeter College, Oxford. He is currently finishing a DPhil in German at Brasenose College, Oxford on early Zionism and concepts of nationhood. See his Theodor Herzl: Comedy and Politics Mix and Jewface: Comic Songs, Vaudeville Stereotypes.

Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Syracuse University, Ed Mooney is the author, inter alia, of Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell and Postcards Dropped in Flight a set of lyrical meditations on birds, water, and the soul. See his Thoreau: Mourning Turtle Doves. See his Sunday Zeteo is Reading posts on philosophy and life.

Ghaida Moussa is a scholar, educator, and dj, who is passionately drawn to creative articulations of resistance, identity, memory, and space. She holds a bi-disciplinary Master’s degree in International Development/Global Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa and is currently undertaking her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, Canada. See her Racialized Other Moves Still: The (Counter-)Power of Dance, Dance Floors, and Deejays.

Rich Murphy’s credits include eight collections of poems. His critical essays have been published in The International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of Ecocriticism; Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture; and New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing; among others. See his Thucydides, Herbert, History, Kerry.

Jeffrey Nall, a graduate of Rollins College’s Master of Liberal Studies program, Jeffrey Allen Nall teaches philosophy at Indian River State College, Florida. See his Emphasizing Virtue over Victory: Why we should adopt a Virtue Ethics Approach to Social Changee.

Keith Muchowski, a librarian at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York, blogs at thestrawfoot.com. See his review American Artists in a House Divided.

Victoria Ludas Orlofsky, a graduate of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Liberal Studies program, is currently in her final semester at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science, and plans to become an academic librarian. See her review Who’s Happy Now?

Justin Patch teaches sound studies and global and popular music cultures in the music department at Vassar College. His research focuses on the auditory culture of contemporary politics and political campaigns in the US, critical issues in ethnographic research, and liberal arts education practice. See his Notes on Listening to Democracy: Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail.

Jennifer Polish is a second semester student in the Master’s in Liberal Studies program at the CUNY Graduate Center, concentrating in the Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir track. See her “Community-Integrated” Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities: Queer and Critical Disability Theories’ Contribution to Self-Determination.

Alexia Raynal is a graduate of the City University of New York’s masters program on Liberal Studies. Alexia works as a social researcher for privately funded projects at the Bronx Family Court and at Sesame Workshop. She enjoys visiting art museums and playing soccer. In Zeteo is Reading she writes regularly about children and childhood. For an exploration of children’s lives between two worlds read Alexia’s article Children Challenging Borders: The physical and psychological journeys that the children of immigrants make for their families.

Bruce D. Rhodewalt is the math department chair at Palm Springs High School. He holds a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from California State University, San Bernardino. See his review From Impractical to Irreplaceable.

Todd Rongstad is an instructor/lecturer at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and the owner of Word of Eye Productions and Evermore Life Story Video Productions. See his American Atomization:The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture.

Pete Schmidt is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Grossmont College in San Diego. His primary research interests pertain to forms and ideas of science and technology that exist in the margins, boundaries, and other in-between places of society. See his Real Imagined Science: The Development of Terraforming during the Twentieth Century.

Chic Smith is a cultural critic and rhetorician focusing on intercultural communication, popular culture, African American English, and women studies. She was the co-founder and Vice President of Urban Think Tank Institute, the nation’s first think tank developed by and for members of the hip hop community, and was the National Director of Policy & Strategy for Black Women for Obama. She currently teaches in the Humanities Division at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. See her Dylan: “Gotta Serve Somebody”.

Emily Sosolik is a graduate student in the History M.A. program at Arizona State University (ASU). She has obtained a Master of Liberal Studies, as well as bachelor’s degrees in world history and political science, from ASU. Her research interests include the history of political thought, American religious traditions, and the intersection of religion and law in American history. See her Woman, Wake Up! Know your Rights.

Alan Stein is a psychotherapist, an adjunct professor at Queens College (CUNY) and at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital. See his review The Destruction of a Presidency.

Claire Stewart is a professional chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies from the CUNY Grad Center, and is an assistant professor at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. She worked as chef tournant at Gee’s Brassiere in Oxford, England, as well as restaurants in New York City and California. See her review The Evolution of Dinner.

J.R. Sumser has degrees in philosophy and sociology and has been primarily interested in the ways meaning is created and maintained. His most recent book is The Conflict between Secular and Religious Narratives in the United States: Wittgenstein, Social Construction, and Communication (Lexington Books, 2016). He is the acquisition editor for the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies. See his Cartier-Bresson, Senior, Trump (Gaps),

Daniel Taub, who in 2011 received an M.A. in humanities from California State University, Northridge, is an editor at Bloomberg News and, in 2013, became the West Coast Editor for Zeteo. See his For Love of Portnoy.

Christine Thorpe is chairperson and assistant professor in the Human Services Department at New York City College of Technology/CUNY. Her interests include women’s health and wellness, health disparities, holistic nutrition, patient navigation, motivational interviewing, and health literacy. See her Harlem Hospital, Patient Navigation, Dr. Freeman.

Emily Tobey is a documentary filmmaker, writer and a student in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Master’s Degree program at the Graduate Center at CUNY in New York City. See her Does Feminism Need Beyoncé?

Stephanie Tsank, one of the founding editors of Zeteo, is a graduate of the City University of New York Liberal Studies program and a current doctoral student in English at the University of Iowa. See her A Parallel Narrative: Literature, Empire and Region at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.

Fritz Tucker, adjunct lecturer of sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. Studying mass movements and participatory democracy. See his Jana Andolan on the People’s Movement in Nepal and his regular Zeteo is Looking and Listening posts.

Catherine Curran Vigier is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Rouen. See her The Meaning of Lana Del Rey. See, too, her Zeteo is Reading posts on fiction and politics.

Drew Whitcup is a graduate of New York University and Northwestern University School of Law. A resident of Harlem, New York, he is currently a public defender in Manhattan. He enjoys playing basketball, watching the Red Sox, and attempting to cook. See his Zeteo is Reading posts on law and policy. They appear most every Wednesday.

Adrian Wittenberg holds an M.A. in humanities and currently resides in San Francisco, California. See her Illness, Identity, and the Redefinition of Self through Narrative: My Experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

您好, yangyang Geng, was born and brought up in a small town in northwestern China. In May 2016, she graduated from Duke University, where she studied liberal arts and international development policy. Before going to Duke, she worked as a journalist with China Central TV. See her Olive Pierce: Children, Cambridge, Iraq.

Joy Archer Yeager, a freelance writer living in Houston, Texas, holds a master’s of liberal studies degree from Rice, a bachelor of arts in philosophy and Spanish from the University of the South (Sewanee), and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. An attorney specializing in legal writing, Joy has a husband, Doug, and two daughters, Melanie Kate and Holly. She reads and swims as much as she can. See her Solzhenitsyn, War Horse, Lotus Seed—Tag.