Catherine Cocks is editor-in-chief at Michigan State University Press and acquires in anthropology, contemporary issues, criminal justice, rhetoric, and US and African history. After earning a PhD in history, she went into publishing and over nearly twenty years has worked at SAR Press, the University of Iowa Press, and the University of Washington Press. Despite the challenges facing scholarly publishing, she's convinced the opportunities for transformative change are greater. You can follow her on Twitter @catherine_msup if you really want to, but it's a lot more fun to follow @dawnd.
Dawn Durante is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at University of Illinois Press and acquires books in the fields of African American studies; women, gender, and sexuality studies; American studies; religion; and anthropology. Dawn’s publishing career started with an undergraduate internship at University of Arizona Press. After completing a BA in English at U of A, she earned an MA in literature and a graduate Certificate of Scholarly Publishing from Arizona State University with a thesis on peer review and electronic book publishing. She is committed to demystifying scholarly publishing—both for aspiring publishing professionals and authors—and to networking across the various stakeholders in the higher education ecosystem. You can follow her on Twitter @dawnd.
Yelena Kalinsky is the Associate Director for Research and Publications at H-Net, overseeing book reviews, open access journals, and podcasts. In this role, she helps H-Net editors to think through creative opportunities to use H-Net's non-profit, open access, digital publishing and networking platform, The H-Net Commons, to create peer-moderated and permanently accessible resources for their scholarly communities. In addition to her work at H-Net, Yelena is an art historian and translator whose work has appeared in both traditional academic publications and independent presses. She is an Assistant Professor-Fixed Term at Michigan State University and is particulalry interested in exploring how the changing landscape of academic labor intersects with scholarly publishing and scholarly communications. She tweets occasionally @kyelenak.
Kendra Wheeler, from Chicago, Illinois, has recently received her Master of Music degree in saxophone performance under Preston Duncan from the University of Minnesota where she also received her Bachelor of Music Education degree under Eugene Rousseau. She has been an active advocate for music education, as well as, for the inclusion, visibility, and engagement of the underrepresented within the composition, performance, and academic disciplines within classical music. Wheeler has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards including prizes from PanAmerican International Saxophone Competition, North International Music Competition, Thursday Musical, Vandoren Emerging Artist, and Downbeat Magazine. Wheeler began her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Michigan State University under the study of Joseph Lulloff in the fall of 2018. Kendra assists with research for Feeding the Elephant and has compiled a number of the resource lists for the forum.