Cathy J. Cohen
Principal Investigator/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 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!
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
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
Social Media Coordinator
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
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