• 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)

    Cathy J. Cohen can be reached at:

  • Hari Ziyad

    Managing Editor

    Hari Ziyad is a New York-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 a writer for AFROPUNK.

    Hari Ziyad can be reached at:

  • Sherronda J. Brown

    Deputy Editor

    Essayist. Editor. Researcher. Digital Activist. Reformed Blackademic. Enjoys writing pop culture and media analysis through a Black feminist lens with historical and cultural context. Enamored with Black monstrosity, Black survival, and Black resistance in the horror genre. Obsessed with zombie lore and haunting narratives. Read more of her work at Wear Your Voice Magazine, RaceBaitR, Roaring Gold, Brown Girls Out Loud, and werdbrew.

    Sherronda J. Brown can be reached at:

  • Jenn M. Jackson

    Politics Columnist

    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. For more about her, tweet her at @JennMJack or visit her website at

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  • Imani Jackson

    Staff Writer

    Imani J. Jackson is an interdisciplinary advocate who emphasizes human rights and interests, culture, and education. Imani is also an environmental and land use law LL.M student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The Florida native earned a J.D. at Florida A&M University College of Law and a mass communication B.A. at Grambling State University. Teen Vogue, USA Today, the Institute for Middle East Understanding and several additional outlets published her writing.

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  • Jordie Davies

    Contributing Writer

    Jordie Davies is writing for her life (and yours) in Chicago, Illinois. She hails from Eastman, Georgia and enjoys thinking about movement politics, public policy, and justice. Davies is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research and writings have appeared at The Century Foundation, the NOW-NYC blog, The Emory Wheel, and Emory University's Black Star Magazine.

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  • 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.

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