A. S. CohenMiller, PhD

Editor in Chief, Founding Editor

Anna S. CohenMiller is a qualitative methodologist specializing in social justice and intercultural communication in education. She focuses in particular on issues of gender, pedagogical practice, and popular culture. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and MA in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 2011, she has been involved with the SWPACA in developing Dialogue and then as an Executive Team member. Currently, Dr. CohenMiller works as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University and as Co-Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholar (Kazakhstan). Select publications include “Gender Audit as Research Method for Organizational Learning and Change in Higher Education (2019) and “Resources for Online Teaching in the Social and Natural Sciences: A Multistage Search and Classification of Open Video Repositories” (2019).

Kelli Bippert, PhD

Managing Editor & Educational Resources Editor

Kelli Bippert is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.  Dr. Bippert earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching from UTSA with a concentration in literacy education. Dr. Bippert’s research and scholarship center on adolescent literacy, cultural perceptions of struggling adolescent readers, technology-based reading interventions, and the integration of popular culture/ media texts to support in-school literacies.  Selected publications include Fan Fiction to Support Struggling Writers (2017) and (Re)learning about Learning: Using Cases from Popular Media to Extend and Complicate Our Understandings of What It Means to Learn and Teach (2015).

Karina Vado

Production Editor & Book Review Editor

Karina A. Vado is a Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her research lies at the intersections of science fiction studies, feminist science studies and critical mixed-race studies. Karina’s dissertation entitled “Mapping Bloodlines, Engineering Utopia: Genetic Fictions and Mixed-Race Futurities in the Americas, 1863-2017” examines the disidentificatory scientific engagements of African-American, Latinx and Latin American artists, writers, and intellectuals who combine (and mobilize) the natural sciences and the trope of racial mixing to forward utopian visions of racial justice and freedom.

Karina has presented her research and organized panels at various international and national conferences including the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, the Latina/o Studies Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association. She regularly teaches courses on race and science/fiction, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, and African-American and Latinx cultural studies.

Miriam Sciala

Copy Editor

Miriam Sciala is an Academic English Instructor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.  She has been teaching Academic English internationally for over 25 years.  She holds an MA in Geography from York University in Toronto and an MPhil in Second Language Studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.  Born in Switzerland and raised in Zambia, she now carries a Canadian passport.  She considers writing and editing her second career, having written and published numerous articles and short stories and a first, still unpublished, novel.  Her current academic position has her working with graduate students to develop their writing skills, especially as they relate to theses and dissertations.

Robert Gordyn

Copy Editor

Robert Gordyn is an Academic English Instructor in the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Of Canadian origin, he has taught English in nine countries over the last 25 years. His academic background includes an MPhil in Second Language Studies from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and an MA in Geography from York University in Toronto. He is currently involved in classroom instruction, one-on-one tutorials and writing support for Master’s and PhD students.