A. S. CohenMiller, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Founding Editor
Anna CohenMiller is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University and serves as a member of the Executive Team for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Texas at San Antonio and specializes in pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, and research methods. Dr. CohenMiller is currently researching innovative qualitative methods and gender in academia. Selected publications include “Visual Arts Methods in Phenomenology” (2018) and “Artful research approaches in #amwritingwithbaby: Qualitative analysis of academic mothers on Facebook” (2016).
Kurt Depner is an Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University – Dona Ana. His areas of interest include Business Communication, Technical Writing, and Social Media. His current research centers around the efficacy of collaborative learning and how computer mediated technology can enhance such learning. He is also interested in a game theory and the gamification of classroom activities, having been an active gamer since he was a wee lad. He has also served as Area Chair of Pedagogy and Popular Culture for the SWPACA Conference since 2010.
Robert Galin, MAW
Robert (Rob) Galin is Associate Professor of English and Communications at the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus. Rob is editor of the campus literary journal, Red Mesa Review. He has published poetry, creative non-fiction articles, fiction, and academic work in a variety of media. Galin also has a thirty-plus-year career in print and electronic journalism as writer/editor, including such credits as Associated Press, The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, public radio, etc. In 2013 he was a First Place co-winner for Beat Reporting from Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters.
Kelli Bippert, PhD
Educational Resources Editor
Kelli Bippert earned her bachelors of science in education, masters in literacy education, and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Bippert taught grades 4 through 8 for fifteen years in elementary and middle schools in the San Antonio area. During this time, she served as reading specialist, designing and implementing instruction for adolescents identified as struggling readers and writers, often utilizing popular media to support the acquisition and support of literacy skills.
Book Review Editor
Karina A. Vado is a FEF McKnight Doctoral Fellow, and a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her primary areas of research and teaching are in African-American and Latinx/Chicanx cultural studies, science fiction studies, science and technology studies, utopian studies, and critical (mixed) race and gender studies. At UF, she serves as Senior Coordinator of PODEMOS, an academic success and professionalization initiative for first-year Hispanic-Latinx students offered by Hispanic-Latino Affairs. Karina also served as the inaugural intern for “SF@UF,” a collaborative and interdisciplinary digital project seeking to improve the visibility and usability of UF’s diverse holdings in science fiction (SF), fantasy, and utopian studies.
Assem Amantay holds a MA in Multilingual Education from the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University. She received her BA in Public Administration and Public Policy at Michigan State University (USA) under the Bolashaq Presidential Scholarship of Kazakhstan. Assem worked for four-year years in higher education management. She also is an author and a reviewer of the NUGSE Research in Education (2016-2017). Assem is an English teacher with research interests in multiliteracies, literacy education, family engagement, language revitalization, and language teacher education. She is currently an independent researcher and Family Engagement Coordinator at a private educational center.