Journal Founders
Jan Cohen-Cruz, Syracuse University
Kathleen Brandt, Syracuse University
Brian Lonsway, Syracuse University

Managing Editor
Kathleen Brandt, Syracuse University

Design Editors
Brian Lonsway, Syracuse University
Kathleen Brandt, Syracuse University

Digital Editor
Suzanne Preate, Syracuse University Libraries

Layout Editor
Lynn Wilcox, Syracuse University Press

Editorial Board And Journal Staff Bios

Kathleen Brandt: Assistant Professor, Syracuse University Industrial and Interaction Design Program, and Director of Thinklab: an experimental laboratory and collaboration environment for imaginative thinking. Works between the fields of design, art, and education to develop and promote design approaches which respond to current issues of social and cultural change. From wearable computing devices to interactive installations and documentary video works, her projects seek to theorize how and what we make, and reflect upon the impacts design and the making of things have left on the world.

Jan Cohen-Cruz was Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (2007-12), and for more than two decades before that, a professor at New York University, directing a minor in applied theatre and collaborating on socially-engaged projects and courses. She wrote Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response and Local Acts: Community Based Performance in the US. She edited Radical Street Performance and co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion. Jan is a University Professor at Syracuse University and just completed evaluating smARTpower, an interactive visual arts cultural diplomacy project sponsored by the US State Department.

Aimee Cox: Areas include expressive culture and performance; urban youth culture; public anthropology; Black girlhood and Black feminist theory. Currently completing Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship in Post-Industrial Detroit. Choreographer and dancer, toured extensively with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/ Ailey II. Founder, The BlackLight Project, a youth-led arts activist organization housed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, journal of the national Association of Black Anthropologists.

Dana Edell: Executive Director of SPARK, a girl-fueled activist movement demanding an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. Co-founder and Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience; co-founder, Inside/Out Performing Arts, a theater-making program for girls affected by the juvenile justice system in San Francisco. Her dissertation chronicles, analyzes, and builds theory about applied theater for youth and adolescent girls’ development through an in-depth examination of the experiences of 30 girls of color who write and perform original theater inspired by their own stories and experiences.

Lynne Elizabeth: Founder and director of New Village Press. Past president and board member of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), a public-benefit educational organization founded in 1981 that works for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and development of healthy communities. Lynne previously published ADPSR’s national periodical and is coeditor of Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (2012), What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs (2010), Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts (2006), and Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (2000, 2005).

Jeffrey Hou is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. His work focuses on design activism, public space, and cross-cultural placemaking. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013). In a career that spans across the Pacific, he has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities.

Sonja Arsham Kuftinec is a Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota. She has created and published widely on community-based theatre and theatre as a technique of conflict transformation in the Balkans and Middle East including Theatre, Facilitation and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East (Palgrave, 2009) and Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater (2003). Her current research focuses on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the tenure of Artistic Director Bill Rauch, the cofounder of Cornerstone.

Bob Leonard, Virginia Tech. Professor, School of Performing Arts; director, MFA in Theatre. Leonard founded and led The Road Company (1975-‘98), based in Johnson City, TN, creating more than 20 new plays.  Recent projects: Building Home, with the New River Valley Planning District Commission; CultureWorks, an arts-based community cultural organizing effort, Baltimore; and On The Table, Sojourn Theatre, Portland, OR.  Leonard authored with Ann Kilkelly Performing Communities, An Inquiry Into Ensemble Theater Deeply Rooted In Eight U.S. Communities. He is a founding board member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) and Alternate ROOTS. He is currently collaborating on an on-line resource linking a communication platform with a data repository for the field of community cultural development.

Brian Lonsway: Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Architecture. Theorist and technology researcher. Invested in the evolving relationships between design technologies and spatial thought. Has lectured and written on the spatiality of computing, the architectural theory of data, and the post-structuralist semiotics of contemporary design practices. Wrote Making Leisure Work: Architecture and the Entertainment Economy. Currently writing about the intrinsically architectural and spatial potentials of computation as an expansion of the architectural subject.

Teresa Mangum: Director of the Obermann Center, ‎University of Iowa

Lorie Novak: Artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Faculty at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She uses various technologies of representation to explore issues of memory and transmission, identity and loss, shifting cultural meanings of photographs, and the relationship between the intimate and the public. She is the founder and director of Community Collaborations/ Future Imagemakers, which offers digital photography classes to high school students and at the same time offers teaching training and experience to NYU students interested in teaching and working in community-based art settings.

Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo (Associate Professor, English, Vanderbilt; Founding Director, Voices from Our America) specializes in the intersections between US African American, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin American lives, literatures, and expressive cultures. Awarded fellowships from Ford, DeWitt-Wallace, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundations. Author of Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness, and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas. Editor of African Routes, Caribbean Roots, Latino Lives. Co-editor of Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World. Nwankwo is committed to US students grasping the realities of the many cultured worlds within and beyond the United States and engaging in hands-on, eyes-on, and ears-on learning via living primary sources.

Scott Peters (Ex-Officio), co-director of Imagining America, focuses on the connections between higher education and democracy, especially in the land-grant system. His most recent book is Democracy and Higher Education: Traditions and Stories of Civic Engagement. He is on the leadership team of a five-year initiative, with $5 million funding from USDA, called “Food Dignity: Action Research on Engaging Food Insecure Communities and Universities in Building Sustainable Community Food Systems.” Peters comes to IA from Cornell University, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Patricia C. Phillips writes about contemporary public art, architecture, sculpture, landscape, and the intersection of these areas. She has published in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review. She is the author of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working and It is Difficult, a survey of the work of Alfredo Jaar. Her curatorial and design projects include Disney Animators and Animation (the Whitney), The POP Project (Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1), and Making Sense: Five Installations on Sensation (Katonah Museum). She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal and is now Interim Associate Provost at Rhode Island School of Design.

Suzanne Preate is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries (SUL), a member of the management teams for SUL’s digital collections and SURFACE, Syracuse University’s institutional repository, the Digital Editor for Public: A Journal of Imagining America, and an enthusiastic member of the journal’s implementation team. She currently focuses on the areas of digital collections, digital imaging, scholarly publishing, and project management. In her former iteration, she was a reference librarian, research instructor and web developer. Suzanne considers herself fortunate to have received her master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies at the exact moment when the print and online worlds collided; since then, she has immersed herself in the joy of using her interpersonal and technical skills to educate, translate, collaborate, and implement services and solutions that support lifelong learning and broad access to information.

Jen Shook is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Bridges in Humanistic Inquiry at Grinnell College. She holds a PhD in English and Graduate Certificate in book history/arts from the University of Iowa, and interdisciplinary humanities degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago. She has taught at DePaul University, Columbia College, and the Newberry Library, among other places, and was Co-Director of IA’s PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) network from 2013-2016. She worked as a dramaturg and director in Chicago, where she founded Caffeine Theatre—a company that mined the poetic tradition to explore social questions (2002-2012). Her current work explores Native American performance and commemoration and digital memorials.

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen: Facilitator, teacher, historian, curator, re-organizer, and dumpster diver. He works on understanding the multiple presents, pasts, and futures of New York City, identity formations, trans-local cross-cultural communications, archives and epistemologies, progressive pedagogy, decolonizing Eurocentric ideas, theories, and practices and making our cultural organizations and institutions more representative and democratic. Founding director, the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at NYU; co-founder, the Museum of Chinese in America, 1979-80.

Lynn Wilcox is an artist working in fiber and graphic arts. Her work explores the concepts of self-preservation and appearance versus reality. She received her BFA in Visual Communications from Cazenovia College. Currently, she is the design specialist in the marketing department at Syracuse University Press and does freelance book, graphic, and merchandising design. Wilcox most recently won Best in Show at the 2013 ALADN Marketplace Awards for the “Plastics: The Evolution of Everyday Objects in our Plastic World” exhibit catalog for Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.

Kim Yasuda: Visual artist and professor of spatial studies, Art Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-director of the multi-campus research unit, UC Institute for Research in the Arts, a major platform for presenting, discussing, and advocating for arts-centered research across the 10-campus UC system. UCIRA supports active and embedded scholarship that work transitively through multi-agency partnerships and geographic settings outside conventional teaching and art contexts. Yasuda’s past gallery installations and public projects investigate links between identity and place.

Peer Reviewers (2013 – 2016)