Cathy J. Cohen
Publisher/Founder of BYP
Professor, Department of Political Science
Cathy J. Cohen, is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Cohen currently serves as co- editor with Frederick Harris of a book series from Oxford University Press entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.”
Cohen’s general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements. (Click here for full bio)
Jenn M. Jackson
Jenn M. Jackson was born and raised in East Oakland, California, a fact which motivates her writing and academic ambitions. She is a scholar, educator, and writer whose writing addresses Black Politics and civil and public life for young Black people with a focus on policing and surveillance. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Water Cooler Convos, a culture platform for Black millennials. Her writing has been featured in Washington Post, BITCH Magazine, Marie Claire, EBONY, The Root, Daily Dot, The Independent, and many others.
Jackson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago studying American Politics with a focus on political participation and engagement, public opinion and social movements. Find out more about Jenn at her website.
Meet the writers and media team!
Hari Ziyad is a Brooklyn-based storyteller and the Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitR. Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, The Root, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, Young Colored and Angry, The Feminist Wire and The Each Other Project. They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Everyday Feminism. (Photo Credit: Brandon Nick)
Find Hari on Twitter: @HariZiyad
Keith Reid-Cleveland is a Southside Chicago-born writer and observer of the world. The 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism has written for multiple publications, such as Uproxx, KarenCivil.com, Black Nerd Problems and more, while covering topics including higher education, general news, hip-hop culture, comic books, television and film.
Find Keith on Twitter: @kreid_c
Alyxandra is a Chicago-area based writer with roots in California. Her love and passion for the Black community and her understanding of writing as a tool for activism has her on a path to discover what successful revolution is for Black Americans and how we can get there. Her interests fall anywhere and everywhere in between race, politics, education, and culture.
Find Alyx on Twitter: @FREEWrites
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