Our Editorial Board
Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic
Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic is a Reference Librarian and the Web Administrator at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Her books include The Plagiarism Plague: A Resource Guide and CD-ROM Tutorial for Educators and Librarians (Neal-Schuman, 2004), Scholarly Resources for Children and Childhood Studies: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 2007), and Teaching Generation M: A Handbook for Libarians and Educators (Neal-Schuman, 2009). She has also published in various refereed journals and library and information science publications. Cvetkovic is a PhD student in the Children and Childhood Studies program at Rutgers University.
April Gentry holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University in 19th-century American literature as well as an MA in American literature from Ohio University, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Her published and presented work examines such diverse topics as Emily Dickinson’s sea poems, pedagogy and first-year students, contemporary Haitian women’s writing, all things Herman Melville, and contemporary pop culture representation of women athletes. She also surfs, writes, plays soccer, and obsesses about her garden (not necessarily in that order). She is currently associate professor and chair of the Department of Liberal Arts at Savannah State University.
Lynda L. Hinkle is an attorney specializing in family and education law at the Law Office of Lynda L. Hinkle in Southern New Jersey. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, an MA in English from Rutgers University, and an MST from Rowan University in Secondary Education. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on literature, education and law. In addition to her work in her law firm, Lynda is an advocate for abused children and domestic violence victims.
Jolie Mandelbaum has her Bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MFA from American University. Her research interests include contemporary women’s literature and autobiography, especially writings about mental illness and sex work, monsters and queer and feminist literary theory. Her hobbies include writing, boxing, crochet and generally being a menace. She would like to wish a fond hello to everyone who got here by googling her.
Debbie Olson is a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include West African film, images of African/African American children in film, popular media, and children’s culture, Video game images, and Hollywood film. She has contributed to such collections as The African American Biography Project (2008), Writing African American Women (2006), the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006), and many others. Her articles can be found in such collections as The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV as Film and History (2009) and Facts, Fiction, and African Creative Imaginations (2009).
Rhea Parsons is an associate professor of psychology at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. She received her M.D. at NYU School of Medicine and completed a residency in psychiatry before trading in the glamorous world of medicine for the poorer but nobler field of higher education. She also received an M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Rhea’s areas of research iinclude child development and parenting, and stereotypes and stigma, especially of women and the mentally ill. Rhea was recently inducted into Who’ s Who Among Amer ican Teachers and was named one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Professors” by the Thi Pheta Kappa Honor Society at BMCC, but she considers her greatest accomplishment solving the crisis of cell phones in her classrooms. When not teaching, Rhea can be found watching TV (for research, of course), reading psychological murder mysteries, promoting veganism and animal advocacy and spending time with her true loves: husband Tom and doggie son Benoni.
Irena Pochop is inches away (centimeters, really) from completing her PhD candidacy in English Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation explores 19-century representations of female health, and the politics of fin-de-siècle female fitness and agency. For the past six years, Irena has worked as a Senior Communications Consultant for small businesses and non-profit organizations, specializing in media relations and the development of press releases, newspaper articles and newsletters. She is currently the Manager of Communications and Public Relations at School District No. 42.
Julie Still is a reference librarian at the Paul Robeson Library on the Camden Campus of Rutgers University. She has taught in the Women’s Studies department at Rutgers and in the graduate library science program at The Catholic University of America. Following her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri she earned an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond with a thesis on the history of the corporate wife in America. Her publications include five books and numerous chapters, proceedings, articles and has given presentations at local, state, and international conferences. Her hobbies include politics and trying not to trip over her own feet.
Jessica Gildersleeve holds a BA in English and Psychology, and a BA (Hons.I) in English from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in English from the University of Bristol. Her research on affect theory and twentieth-century women’s writing has appeared in a number of volumes, including Philament, Peer English, Rites of Passage: Postcolonial Women’s Writing, and Re-reading Pat Barker. She is currently working on two volumes (a monograph and an edited collection) on Elizabeth Bowen, as well as a project on shame in contemporary Australian discourses. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys writing (fiction and lit crit), yoga, and watching (or peeking through her fingers at) horror films.