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Kamela Heyward-Rotimi

General Editor

rsz_kamela_heyward-rotimiKamela Heyward-Rotimi‘s research interests in cultural anthropology explore the intersection of race, science, and digital media/technology on an international level. Within her work she explores the construction of knowledge, what and which bodies of knowledge are privileged. She also works towards her work building a bridge between public scholarship and academe. A key part of her work assesses how marginalized groups’ popular knowledge of science and communication technology shape their construction of racial identity, community and navigation of power. Her research examines the ways these communities use communication mediums to negotiate transnational social, economic, and political struggles. Her work builds on research that attempts to question and locate race and new media /information technologies that increasingly stage dialogues in global, geographically boundless spaces in virtual settings.

Michael Ralph

Transforming Anthropology, Editor in Chief

Michael RalphMichael Ralph is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Michael’s scholarship centers on risk, injury, liability, citizenship and sovereignty in Senegal, the United States and Eritrea. Michael has published in Souls, Social Text, Public Culture, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of the History of Sport, and Transforming Anthropology. He is an Associate Editor of Transforming Anthropology, as well as a member of the Social Text Editorial Collective and the Editorial Boards of Hau: Journal of Ethnographic TheorySport in Society and Disability Studies Quarterly.

Lawrence Ralph

Transforming Anthropology, Associate Editor

rsz_ralphlaurence11Lawrence Ralph is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is currently working on an ethnography entitled Half Dead: Violence and Mobility in a Chicago Street Gang. The book explores the networks of commerce, criminality, and affiliation that congeal in the figure of the disabled gang affiliate. His research interests include: Gang Formations; Urban Anthropology; Disability; Medical Anthropology; Masculinity; Race; Theories of Violence; Popular Culture and Hip Hop.

Marla Frederick



Marla Frederick is Professor of African and African American Studies and the Study of Religion at Harvard University and the past President of the ABA. She is the author of Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith (U. of California, 2003), and co-author of Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests and Private Politics (NYU Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Frederick’s research interests include questions emerging from the intersections of religion, race, gender, media, politics and economics. She is currently completing an ethnography which looks at the rise of African American religious broadcasters and their influence in the US and Jamaica.

Raymond Codrington


Raymond Codrington is Senior Research Associate at the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change. He supervises projects that address structural racism in domestic and international contexts. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Codrington was the Founding Director of the Julian C. Dixon Institute for Cultural Studies and Assistant Curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He also held the positions of Sandy Boyd Postdoctoral Fellow at the Field Museum’s Center for Cultural Understanding and Change and Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Purchase.

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