Our Team

Editorial Board

Dr. Yoku Shaw-TaylorEditor

Briana PocratskyManaging Editor/Website Manager

Briana is a doctoral student in public sociology at George Mason University. Briana’s research interests include media representation, audience reception, and media literacy. Briana is also co-founder of Pop Culture Pug, a media literacy website for parents and educators. Email: bpocrats@gmu.edu

JL JohnsonFeature Editor

JL is a doctoral candidate in pubic sociology at George Mason University. JL is interested in how the mix of social movements and popular culture shape how we talk about ourselves and our politics. His sociological interests include everyday life, symbolic interaction, media studies, and collective behavior. He lives in DC, enjoys craft beer, and plays basketball only once a week. Email: jlynhurst@gmail.com

Emily McDonaldFeature Editor

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Emily is a doctoral student in public sociology at George Mason University. Emily’s research interests include civil society, democracy, and the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Email: emcdon15@gmu.edu


Carol PettyFeature Editor

Carol Petty is a doctoral student of sociology at George Mason University. Carol’s research interests center on immigration and transnational communities, with a focus on citizenship practices and cultural adaptation. Her recent ethnographic work analyzes democratic pursuits to build relationships across deep lines of cultural differences within the context of contemporary migration to Germany. Email: cpetty3@gmu.edu

Maria ValdovinosFeature Editor

Maria is a doctoral student in public sociology at George Mason University. Maria’s research interests include the carceral state, criminal justice system reform, reentry, and knowledge systems. She lives in Northern Virginia with her wife and dog, enjoys neutral palettes with pops of color, and absolutely loves elephants. Email: mvaldovi@gmu.edu

Advisory Committee

Dr. Amy Best

Dr. Johanna Bockman

Dr. Katie Kerstetter

Dr. Lynda L. Laughlin

Dr. Randy Lynn

Other Team Members

Joshua CatalanoDigital Consultant- Joshua is a research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and a doctoral student in the Department of History at George Mason University.