Meet the Organizers

Melanie

Melanie Adley is the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Melanie promotes queer and feminist studies and practices radical pedagogy.

AndresAndrés Castro Samayoa is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education at the Penn Graduate School of Education. Andrés researches the rhetoric and institutionalization of diversity within postsecondary settings.

Jazmin

Jazmín Delgado Flores is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She works on literatures of the Americas during the nineteenth century, with a special focus on figurations of black fugitivity in writings about the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Panama Isthmus after 1848.

Jeanne

Jeanne Dreskin is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  She studies photography’s historical lineages and the intersections between the photograph and other modes of media production in contemporary art.

Roksana

Roksana Filipowska is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her ongoing research interests include abstraction, sound art, and the militarization of everyday life.

Mashinka

Mashinka Firunts is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on contemporary art, performance, and new media.

Ashley

Ashley Gorham is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research focuses on the relationship between technology and democracy, hacktivism, and democratic theory.

KevinKevin Gotkin is a Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He studies disability, media, science, and technology.

DonJames
Don James McLaughlin is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies late eighteenth and nineteenth century literary history in the Americas, as it intersects with ideas of sexuality, race, affect, and the rise of psychiatry.