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Fae Chubin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at University of South Florida. Her research interests include gender, race, class, intersectionality, globalization, postcolonial feminism, social movements and resistance. She has several publications in academic journals (Sexualities and Women's Studies International Forum) and as book chapters. Her dissertation investigates the local and global sociopolitical discourses that complicate the implementation of women's empowerment initiatives in postcolonial contexts.

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Katie Cooper is a PhD candidate, and her general research and teaching interests include the sociology of culture, media and society, gender, and social movements. She is currently finishing her dissertation, titled: “Breaking the Crass Ceiling? Exploring Narratives, Performances, and Audience Reception of Feminist Stand-Up Comedy,” which explores the ‘cultural work’ of women’s stand-up comedy performances. Utilizing a mixed-methods qualitative approach, Katie’s research examines how women comedians ‘play with’ dominant cultural narratives through humor, and additionally, how audiences construct and interpret meaning from these comedy performances. Katie has taught courses in Sociology of the Media, Intro to Sociology, Sociology of Popular Culture, and Social Science Statistics.

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Melissa Jane Welch is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include medical sociology, disability and feminist studies, and social movements and collective identity. Specifically her dissertation research explores the interconnectivity between narratives of disability at the personal, cultural, and institutional level. Her published work on the methodological implications of working as a disabled qualitative researcher can be found in Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. Currently Melissa Jane is working on a forthcoming publication with Sara Green and Shawn Bingham about the cultural reception of disability humor.

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MC Whitlock is a PhD candidate who is set to graduate in May 2017. She is a critical sociologist who specializes in sexualities, intersectionalities, and social movements. Her dissertation, “Examining Forty Years Of The Social Organization Of Feminisms: Ethnography Of Two Women’s Bookstores In The US South,” examines feminist bookstores in the US South, with an emphasis on race and queerness, in order to understand the challenges of intersectional and white feminist community building. She has been awarded research grants from Duke University and University of South Florida. In addition to research, she is firmly committed to teaching. She has taught Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Gender and Society, Human Sexual Behavior, and Sociology of Sexualities. She earned the Department of Sociology Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.

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David Zeller is a Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation research analyzes contentious framings of "geoengineering" within the environmental movement. His previous work has been published in Innovation and Technology, and he has taught courses in Classical Theory, Social Science Statistics, Social Stratification, Urban Life, and Urban Sociology.

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