Taylor-Dawn Francis is a Master's student in the English MA program at San Jose State University. In addition to her interest in gender studies, queer theory, and critical race theory, she also wishes to help create spaces for the voices of people of color in academia. She works on-campus in the McNair Scholars Program, which assists first-generation undergraduate students and preps them for graduate school so they have the tools and resources necessary to pursue their PhDs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and collaborating on short stories and novels, playing video games, and thinking critically about movies and TV shows.
Keith Giles is studying English Literature at San Jose State University. He is interested in how class, race, and gender are privileged or marginalized in literature. His formal focus is within Post-colonial studies. He also have a personal interest in existential and post modern philosophy. Some personal hobbies include: reading, video games, hanging out with friends, and massive coffee consumption. Keith currently work at AT&T as an installation technician for fiber optic internet, DirectTV, and telephone. His work experience has been a large influence on how he reads class struggles in literature.
Marisa Plumb is graduate student at San Jose State University, interested in computational approaches to historical language change, and how they differ across disciplines. Her research considers emerging methods in natural language modeling, with a focus on the method’s history and mathematical precepts. She is interested in a larger thesis about the knowledge categorizations involved in text mining, drawing on perspectives from natural language processing, corpus linguistics, critical code studies, and science and technology studies. She is also interested in evolutions in technical language since the rise of disciplinary science during the Romantic era.