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Julie Collins Bates is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Composition & Professional Writing and Coordinator of First-Year Writing at Millikin University. Her current research focuses on recognizing and learning from the innovative tactics enacted by community activists in online and material spaces who work to intervene into environmental justice issues facing their communities. Julie is a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class, relatively able-bodied woman who recognizes the privileges afforded to her from this subject position. Beyond these typical identity categories, Julie’s positionality is further influenced by her identity as a rural Wyoming native, mother, and lifelong environmentalist.
Francis Macarthy is a PhD candidate at Illinois State University specializing in digital rhetoric, technofeminism, and multimodal composition. His dissertation, Breaching the Screen: A Digital Technofeminist Methodology for Virtual and Augmented Realities establishes a methodology that draws from intersections of cyber- and technofeminism and digital rhetoric in order to better negotiate the complex relationships between technologies and bodies. Francis is a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class, able-bodied man who recognizes the privileges afforded to him from this subject position. His mother suffered eight miscarriages after his premature birth. The technologies that acted upon her body secured his life and also predetermined his technofeminist positionality. He recognizes the implications and impact of these technologies as well as the privilege he was born into.
Sarah Warren-Riley is a PhD student at Illinois State University specializing in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication. Her research interests include the intersections of technical communication and digital, public, and cultural rhetorics, with a focus on the advocacy enacted in everyday texts and communication practices—particularly where this advocacy adversely affects those with less power. Sarah is a white, cisgender, straight, able-bodied woman who recognizes the privileges afforded to her from this subject position. A native of semi-rural Michigan from a working-class background with diversely-abled family members and loved ones, Sarah previously worked professionally in non-profit organizations. As such, she remains keenly aware of the ways her personal history, experiences, and, ultimately, her intersectionality affects her identity and approaches to research.