Anna CohenMiller, PhD

Editor in Chief, Founding Editor

Anna CohenMiller is an innovative pedagogue and methodologist who addresses systemic issues of equity and inclusion in education. She has a long-standing interest in the intersection of popular culture and pedagogy, in particular, related to how young audiences learn informally from media representations. As an international specialist, Dr. CohenMiller has spent the past six years in Kazakhstan leading research and initiatives to facilitate success for all students (e.g., in online learning environments, for mothers in academia, for students with varied learning needs). 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 SWPACA in developing Dialogue and then as an Executive Team member. Dr. CohenMiller is one of the founding faculty of the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University, the Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (www.gen-con.org), Founder of The Motherscholar Project (www.motherscholar.org), and founding member of the Higher Ed Learning Collective. Her contributions can regularly be seen in popular outlets such as InsideHigherEd, Medium.com, as well as in various international research and educational journals. Dr. CohenMiller’s recent textbook (with Nettie Boivin) was recently published by Routledge, Questions in Qualitative Social Justice Research in Multicultural Contexts (2022).

Karina Vado, MA

Managing Editor and Musings Editor

Karina A. Vado is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her research and teaching interests are in Literatures of the Americas, Critical Race Science and Technology Studies (especially the intersections of literature and science), and Science Fiction and Utopian Studies. Karina’s scholarly writing appears or is forthcoming in Race and Utopian Desire in American Literature and Society (Palgrave) and Human Contradictions in Octavia Butler’s Work (Palgrave). Her academic book reviews can be found in Extrapolation and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Karina joined the Department of English at Penn State Abington in fall 2020 as a Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

Miriam Sciala, MA

Managing Editor and Book Review Editor

Miriam Sciala 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 has a first novel in progress.

Douglas CohenMiller

Production Editor and Creative Director

Douglas CohenMiller is a graphic designer and founder of Umbrella Works design studio (www.umbrella-works.com), where he is the principal graphic designer and creative director. His practice focuses on long-term branding and identity for clients in the US and internationally. Since 2011, Doug has been involved with the SWPACA; first spearheading a rebranding effort and helping to launch Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Alongside this work, he has been developing unique conference identities and material each year and producing and creative directing each issue of Dialogue. His other clients range from fields of academic institutions, non-profits organizations, as well as small businesses. Currently, Doug is living in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan with his family.

Robert Gordyn, MPhil, MA

Copy Editor

Robert Gordyn has been an English Language Instructor since 1995, mostly teaching internationally in a variety of countries and regions of the world.  Originally from and now based in Canada, he is a freelance editor and part-time English instructor. His academic background includes graduate degrees in Geography and Second Language Studies.  Along with being an avid reader of philosophy and history, Robert has ongoing interests in communication, both in terms of the written word and in public speaking.

Arlyce Menzies, MFA

Copy Editor

Arlyce Menzies was raised in the Rust Belt, educated in the Bluegrass and New England, and now teaches writing in the windy steppe of Kazakhstan. She got her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry at Boston University, where she enjoyed studying and practicing translation from Russian to English, copyediting for Agni, and honing her writing craft. In addition to teaching at Nazarbayev University, Arlyce facilitates translation workshops through OLS@NU and is an Art Editor for Angime, Kazakhstan’s first trilingual arts and
literary magazine. 

April Manabat, MLIS

Reference Editor

April Manabat is a Senior Expert Librarian at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. She is currently the Subject Librarian for the School of Sciences and Humanities and the Information Literacy Coordinator of the NU Library. She is also a part-time Professorial Lecturer at the Department of Library and Information Science at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. A Filipino licensed librarian, she finished her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is currently the Secretary of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) – Asian Chapter and a member of the Editorial Board of the Jurnal Kajian Informasi & Perpustakaan (JKIP). With more than a decade of experience in academic librarianship, she has presented and published papers on academic librarianship, library services, and information literacy. 

Joseph Yap, MLIS

Reference Editor

Joseph Yap is a registered librarian from the Philippines and is earning his Ph.D. at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. He serves as a Project Team Member of the Nazarbayev University Integrity Initiative and is an Organizing Team Member of the Consortium of Gender Scholars. He is a faculty member teaching Library and Information Science courses at the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna. As part of his extension services, he acts as the Adviser of the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines and Social Media Manager of the Special Libraries Association – Asian Chapter. His research works can be found here: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7852-1047. 

Yelizaveta Kamilova, MLIS

Reference Editor

Yelizaveta Kamilova is a Masters of Library and Information Science and an Expert manager at Nazarbayev University Library in Kazakhstan. She is currently the Subject Librarian for Graduate School of Education and the coordinator for the Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery Service, also responsible for the Department Documentations as well. She has more than a decade of experience in academic librarianship. Her research interests include academic librarianship, library virtual services and information literacy.