Meet the Authors and Illustrator
Chelsea Johnson is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California specializing intersectional feminist sociologist of the body. Her work theorizes bodies as mediums of culture, or the physical and symbolic form through which race, class, and gender hierarchies, social control, and social etiquette are played out. Her dissertation centers women of African descent who use consumer-based strategies to negotiate a politicized trend of wearing un-straightened kinky hair with disparate expectations by employers, family members, and romantic partners. This research has enabled Chelsea to conduct funded ethnography in the United States, South Africa, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Brazil. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Conversation, CRWN Magazine, NaturallyCurly.com and the Sociology of Sport Journal. Chelsea graduated from Spelman College in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology, and earned her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California in 2014.
LaToya Council is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California specializing in gender, work and families. LaToya earned a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College. In the summer of 2014, LaToya completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her MA thesis was entitled “An American Dilemma: Black Women’s Relationship Problems and Modern Democracy.” Her current research project examines black professional men and their perceptions on breadwinning and caretaking. Addressing gender inequality is at the core of her research, as well as in her daily life as a public sociologist.
Carolyn Choi is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Southern California concentrating in the areas of globalization, gender, sexuality, migration, and global education. Her dissertation project examines the expansion of global English education in Asia by comparing the experiences of adult South Korean educational migrants studying abroad in the developed country of United States and the developing country of the Philippines. Carolyn received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Sociology from UCLA in 2008. After college, she worked as a research intern at the community-based organization Koreatown Immigrant Workers' Alliance (KIWA) in Los Angeles. In 2009, Carolyn studied Sociology and Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, receiving her M.S. degree the following year. Her work has been published in Sexualities, the Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory and The Springer Handbook of Feminist Theory.
Ashley Seil Smith is the illustrator for Intersectionallies. She has a background in cultural anthropology, focusing on women’s health practices in India. Ashley is committed to public conversations about feminism. While in graduate school, she created a menstruation museum and a successful period box subscription company. Her client list as an illustrator includes The New York Times, Google, GQ, Lenny Letter, New York University, Forbes, BUST, and various newspaper and magazine publications. Ashley received her M.F.A. in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts.