Peter Sinnott, Jr. is a co-founder and publisher of Contrivers’ Review. He received his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2014.
Luke Thomas Mergner is a co-founder and managing editor of Contrivers’ Review. He received a M.A. in Political Science from Indiana University in 2010, where he studied critical and democratic theory.
Çağlar received a M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics at California Institute of the Arts. In 2015, his first collection of poetry, 34, was published as a chapbook by Stanza Press in the Netherlands. He is an editor of Flemish literary journal nY. He teaches at the Humanities department of Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Geoffrey Kurtz is Associate Professor of Political Science at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The author of Jean Jaurès: The Inner Life of Social Democracy (Penn State University Press, 2014), he has published essays and reviews in Dissent, Logos, New Political Science, and other journals.
Martín Plot is Research Professor of Political Theory at the Argentine CONICET and the Institute of Advanced Social Studies (UNSAM). He is also a Research Fellow in Political Thought at CalArts. His most recent books are The Aesthetico-Political. The Question of Democracy in Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, and Rancière (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Indivisible. Democracia y Terror en Tiempos de Bush y Obama (Prometeo, 2011).
Mike Kovanda is a high school history teacher and a graduate student in political science at Indiana University-Bloomington.
Anthropologist. Community college instructor with eleven years teaching experience. Documentary filmmaker. International trouble maker.
Davide Panagia is Associate Professor of Political Science at UCLA. He is a cultural and political theorist with multidisciplinary interests across the humanities and social sciences including contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, aesthetics, media studies, interpretive methodologies, cultural theory, literary studies, and cinema. His work specializes on the relationship between aesthetics and politics. His most recent book publications include the forthcoming Rancière’s Sentiments (Duke UP, 2018), Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics (Minnesota UP, Forerunners, 2016) and Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). His current research project, #datapolitik, is a study of police powers in the age of cybernetics. In 2017-2018 he will be the Clark Professor at UCLA’s Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies co-directing a series of conferences on the theme of “Becoming Media.”
Associate Professor of English, German, and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emre Erol is an assistant professor of history at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University (Istanbul). He completed his Ph.D. at Leiden University’s School of Middle Eastern Studies and his M.A. (history) and his undergraduate studies (political sciences) at Sabanci University. His doctoral dissertation has been published as a book titled The Ottoman Crisis in Western Anatolia / Turkey’s Belle Époque and the Transition to a Modern Nation State by I.B. Tauris in 2016. He worked at the University of Leiden and taught a variety of courses between 2009 and 2016. He worked in the School of Middle Eastern Studies, the International Studies and the International Honours College of Leiden University at The Hague (LUC). He thought courses in the fields of history, area studies, political science and philosophy. His main areas of interest are the late Ottoman history, modern Turkish history, migration and capitalism in the Eastern Mediterranean, comparative Area Studies and nationalisms. He is involved with research projects and freelance consulting in addition to teaching.
Jason Read is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine. He teaches courses in the history of political philosophy, contemporary social theory, the politics of work, and the philosophy of film. He is the author of The Micro-Politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory of the Present (SUNY, 2003) and The Politics of Transindividuality (Brill/Haymarket 2015/16) as well as articles on Althusser, Deleuze, Spinoza, Hegel, Negri, and The Wire. He blogs at Unemployed Negativity.
Jessica Lawless was an adjunct professor for nearly a decade and is now a union organizer. She is part of the team at SEIU Local 1021 that, over the last three years, won seven union elections and ratified five first contracts at colleges across the Bay Area. She is an artist and writer who regularly contributes to make/shift feminisms in motion, writes about emotional and material realities of living in economic precarity, and facilitates organizing workshops using feminist self-defense techniques. A union family through and through, Jessica is a rank and file member of CWA 9404 and her partner is a rank and file member of AFSCME 3299. Spending her down time herding their cats, Jessica attributes this avocation to building her smashing organizing skills. For more on her art, writing, and activism see www.jessicalawless.net.
Kevin graduated with a Ph.D. in Literature from Purdue University in 2011. His intellectual interest is moral philosophy and its relevance for critical theory. His current project is titled Six Years Silent, which employs the critical methodologies of Saint Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Saint John, and Stanley Cavell to the writings of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky and GK Chesterton. The project discusses the rich, intellectual history of theological thought and its ability to stave off the logical positivism of the post-modern zeitgeist. I have taught English language and literature in Korea, Slovakia, and in the United State for 8 years.
Kyle Bickoff is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park who is working in the Digital Humanities. His research focuses on electronic literature, the history of the book, materiality, and archival preservation of print and born-digital media. Read more on his website.
Mark G. E. Kelly is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009), Foucault’s History of Sexuality Vol. I (Edinburgh, 2013) and Foucault and Politics (Edinburgh, 2014).
Michael O’Bryan is a lecturer in English at Washington University in St. Louis. Between 2014 and 2016, he was an adjunct instructor in Writing at Washington University, where he helped organize an adjunct union with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and participated in contract negotiation as a member of the bargaining team. His research focuses on the impact of anarchist movements on modern art and literature.
Oisín Gilmore is a PhD candidate in Economics in the University of Groningen.