Producer and oral historian Malinda Maynor Lowery on telling Lumbee history, food television, and the struggle for Indigenous political sovereignty.
Artist Sarah Stefana Smith about a poetics and politics of bafflement, Black feminist art, and artistic collaboration.
Feminist scholar Amber Jamilla Musser on aesthetics and racialized sexuality, the politics of co-authoring, and embodied knowledge.
Librarian and archivist Stacie Williams on the racial and gender politics of information, radical librarianship, and the problematics of digital preservation.
Librarian Fobazi Ettarh on radical librarianship and how racially gendered vocational awe limits solidarity options in libraries and academia.
Teen Vogue columnist and political scientist Jenn M. Jackson on Black millennial podcasting, Black feminism, public scholarship, and justice as love in public.
Young adult novelist Ebony Elizabeth Thomas on the power of children's literature and speculative fiction, especially for young girls of color.
Latinx studies professor Marisol LeBrón on policing and US colonialism in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria's impact on research, and queer feminist prison abolition.
Performance studies scholar and arts activist Jessica Nydia Pabón-Colón on women graffiti writers, curation as social justice, and the importance of solidarity across the Puerto Rican diaspora.
Gender and health studies scholar Jade S. Sasser on the reproductive justice movement, climate change activism, and interdisciplinary creativity.
Transnational feminist studies scholar Aimee Bahng onspeculative fiction, queer of color feminist futures, challenging US colonialism across the Pacific, and the racist origins of statistics.
Radio host and Indigenous studies scholar J. Kēhaulani Kauanui on Hawaiian sovereignty, independent media, consent politics, and the solidarities between anarchist and Indigenous movements.
Transgender studies scholar Jian Neo Chen on the histories and futures of transgender studies publishing and drawing academic inspiration from art and activism.
Feminist scholar Imani Perry on critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.
Latinx feminism scholar Macarena Gómez-Barris on using art to fight extractive capitalism beyond the state, the politics of translation, and working in and with community.
Threadbared co-founder and critical fashion studies scholar Minh-Ha T. Pham on elite Asian fashion bloggers and the racialized, unpaid labor of fashion blogging.
Journalist and feminist studies scholar Manuela Lavinas Picq on Indigenous Kichwa women's role in international politics, being a scholar in the Global South, and imagining Indigenous futures.
Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster on the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.
Professor Tina Campt on the haptic connections we have to photos and why the art/activism/academia braid holds such power for Black communities.
Queer diaspora studies scholar Gayatri Gopinath on queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.
Community organizer and historian Alice Y. Hom on the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color.
Educator and sexologist Bianca Laureano on the radical work of women of color sexual health communities and feminist Afro-Latinx sex education.
Critical disability studies scholar Sami Schalk on how Black women's speculative fiction is reimagining what (dis)ability, gender, and embodiment mean.
Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on the past successes and current challenges of the disability justice movement and its intersections with queer, feminist, and anticolonial politics.
Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal on her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl and her research on what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics.
Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha on her memoir Dirty River and how queer brown and disabled femmes write themselves into history.
Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten on how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.
Dancer and technology studies scholar Elizabeth Chin on how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work and how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career.
Cultural producer and scholar Yaba Blay on colorism, being an insider/outsider in the academy, and how celebrating Black girl magic is key to how she imagines otherwise.
Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales on how feminist reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should).
Farmer and playwright Nikiko Masumoto on queer feminist of color farming in California's Central Valley and creative entrepreneurship for rural artists.
Podcaster Nia King on how she came to host the podcast We Want the Airwaves and why getting queer and trans artists of color paid fairly for their work is a key part of how she imagines otherwise.
Scholar Tanisha C. Ford on the cultural and political dimensions of Black fashion, the state of contemporary critical feminist fashion studies, and how Black art and creative genius help us imagine otherwise.
Ojibwe video artist and scholar Marcella Ernest on why representing Indigenous women require complex film techniques and how building a better world requires a new relationship between humans, land, and resources.
Palestinian studies scholar Lila Sharif on the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it.
Indigenous artists Rosanna Raymond, Léuli Māzyār Lunaʻi Eshrāghi, and Ricky Tagaban on how art can address global warming, gender identity, and ancestral teachings.
Slam poet and performance studies scholar Karen Jaime on NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets and how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space.
Chicanx studies scholar Francisco Galarte on the racialized politics of style for Chicanx queer and transgender subjects, the classroom as a social justice space, and how trans faculty of color can queer the academy.
Feminist scholar Tala Khanmalek on how academics can incorporate femme-of-color- healing justice and disability justice into academic workflows.
Scholar Emily Hue on how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process and what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another.
Feminist scholar Mimi Nguyen on imperialist US discourse of debt and freedom repeatedly attached to refugees and unexpected artistic encounters between actor Keanu Reeves and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön.
Transnational feminist studies scholar Ronak Kapadia on how Middle East, Arab, and South Asian artists are using visual culture to critique US empire and self-care and community care as feminist disability/healing justice ways to imagine otherwise.
Artist and educator Vicko Alvarez on her two comic series—ScholaR Comics and CholActivist—which use humor to tell otherwise tough stories of growing up Latina in a low-income neighborhood.
Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons on her award-winning film NO!: The Rape Documentary and how every one of us can help end violence in our communities.
Artis and scholar micha cárdenas on using wearable technologies to protect Black and Latinx communities from police violence and how queer and trans communities of color are imagining and creating more just worlds.
Media studies scholar Tara Fickle on why games and literature help us understand racial formation and how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment.
Scholar Vince Schleitwiler on liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities in "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century."
Feminist studies scholar Simone Browne on how Black communities have resisted and interfered with the surveillance practices that target them.
African American literature studies scholar andré carrington discusses the history of race and blackness in particular in speculative fiction.
Activist-scholar Eric Tang on about why the US state resettled Cambodian refugees in historically Black neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s and how urban spaces are shaped by slavery’s aftermath.
Speculative fiction author, postcolonial studies scholar, and podcaster Christopher B. Patterson on the writing process, racialized name politics, and refusal as activism.