Editorial Staff

Agatha Beins


Agatha Beins (abeins@twu.edu) is an associate professor in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She received her PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. Her book, Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity (University of Georgia Press, 2017) analyzes periodicals’ role in shaping U.S. feminism as a collective identity and set of political practices in the 1970s. Her research interests also include print and material cultures, cultural studies, art and activism, pedagogy, the histories of feminism and women’s studies, and feminist geography. She is also coeditor of the anthology Women’s Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics with Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy (Rutgers University Press, 2005) and coauthor of Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations with Bernard C. Beins (Blackwell, 2008).

Shamethia Webb

Editorial Assistant

Shamethia Webb is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University.

Shamethia has particular interest in literature and social justice, and her master’s thesis examined this intersection by deconstructing the myth of the Strong Black Woman and proffering Jewelle Gomez’s vampire novel, The Gilda Stories, as a guide for healing. Her research focuses on the healing potential of Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, and Octavia Butler’s writing and imagination processes. Her interests in science fiction and game studies has pushed her to think more deeply about the potential collaborations between black feminist thought and science fictional imagination, i.e., Afro-feminism(s).

Christopher Johnson

Web Designer

Christopher Johnson (cjohnson44@twu.edu) is the chief of staff at Texas Woman's University. He is also currently working on a PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas with a concentration in research, measurement, and statistics. Through visual representations and graphical design, he is dedicated to mitigating the socially constructed idea that quantitative research and numbers hold a more profound truth because they are easy to compare to one another. He believes that sometimes simplicity is beautiful but in social research simplistic ideas are often a poor representation of reality and often just plainly inaccurate, particularly regarding the inferences drawn. Thus, his research focuses on methods and their stability in the face of unreliable measures, outliers, or missing data.

Former Editorial Collective Members

Anne Keefe

Editorial Collective

Anne Keefe is the 2013-14 NEH postdoctoral fellow in poetics at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. Previously the manuscript editor and acquisitions coordinator for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Anne holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current book project, Ekphrastic Sensible: The Politics of Word and Image in Contemporary Lyric Poetry, focuses on the ways in which contemporary poets use ekphrasis (or poetry that takes visual art as its subject matter) to investigate the perceptual politics of representation. Anne is also the author of a book of poems, Lithopedia (2012), which won the Bull City Press first book award.

Jillian Hernandez

Editorial Collective

Jillian Hernandez recently completed the doctoral program in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, and will join the faculty in the Ethnic Studies Department and Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor in fall 2013. Her transdisciplinary scholarship, which synthesizes methods from anthropology, art history, and cultural studies, draws from her experiences as a girls’ educator and curator of contemporary art. Hernandez’s research investigates questions regarding processes of racialization, sexualities, embodiment, girlhood, and the politics of cultural production ranging from underground and mainstream hip hop to visual and performance art. The American Association of University Women awarded her with a 2012-2013 Dissertation Fellowship.

Deanna Utroske

Founding Editor

Deanna Utroske (@DeannaUtroske) is a Founding Editor of Films for the Feminist Classroom. Previously Deanna was the Editorial Assistant for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She joined the Signs team as an Editorial Intern while earning her BA in English from Rutgers University. Deanna has experience as a Publishing Intern with The Feminist Press and as an Archival Assistant at The LGBT Community Center. Deanna Utroske is an active member of professional organizations, including the American Copy Editors Society, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and New York Women In Communications, Inc., where she serves on the Integrated Marketing and Communications Committee.

Karen Alexander

Founding Editor

Karen Alexander (@KarenFAlexander) is Dean of Junior and Senior Year Programs at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University. She worked as Senior Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society from 2005 to 2012. A cofounder of Films for the Feminist Classroom, she continues to serve on the FFC advisory board. She has conducted numerous workshops on academic publishing. Her current research interests include the technology-driven changes taking place in academia and education, the use of media in feminist research and teaching, documentary film, feminist activist art, and women’s experimental writing.