Cathy J. Cohen

Principal Investigator/Founder of BYP


Twitter: @cathyjcohen

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

Managing Editor


Twitter: @JennMJack

Jenn M. Jackson was born and raised in East Oakland, California, a fact which motivates her writing and academic ambitions. She is a scholar activist whose writing addresses Black womanhood at the intersections of politics, parenting, and pop culture. Her writing has been featured in Washington Post, Marie Claire, EBONY, The Root, Daily Dot, For Harriet, and many others.

Jackson is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago studying the politics of race, gender, and sexuality.  Find out more about Jenn at her website.

Meet the writers and media team!

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Hari Ziyad

Deputy Editor

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 Wireand 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: @RaceBaitR

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Jordie Davies

Assistant Editor

Jordie Davies is a Political Science doctoral student at the University of Chicago, where she conducts research on Black politics and social movements. She enjoys writing about public policy, blackness, and entertainment, with work featured in The Century Foundation’s Blog of the Century, Emory University’s Black Star Magazine, and The Emory Wheel. Davies received her undergraduate degree at Emory University, where she studied Political Science and Education. Her senior thesis considered how social media use effects the political participation of African American youth.


Find Jordie on Twitter @ejdavies__
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Keith Reid-Cleveland

News Editor

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,, 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


Akudo Mez

Social Media Coordinator

Akudo Mez is recent graduate from DePaul University, where she graduated with a degree in Economics.  She has held a variety of leadership roles throughout her campus and also with Black Girl in Om and is passionate about creating space for people of color to thrive. Her side interests include food, essential oils, yoga, and reading everything.


Find Akudo on Twitter: @akudoamazing

Liz Adetiba

Contributing Writer – Issues

Liz is a tenacious student-journalist at the University of Chicago pursuing a B.A. in Political Science. Her writing style can be best described as a mix between Sista Soulja and Christiane Amanpour. In her eyes, journalism is the most powerful way to uncover truth and fuel the fight for justice.

Find Liz on Twitter: @LizMAdetiba


Alyx Goodwin

Contributing Writer – Media

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: @AGtheGiant

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