J is a recent graduate of Beloit College with a BA in anthropology, Russian, and critical identity studies. They were previously part of the Big 10 and Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Mellon Graduate School Exploration Fellowship where they conducted research under Dr. Ethel Brooks at Rutgers - New Brunswick. Their research surrounded popular culture and linguistic representations of the Romani people in western media. Their previous research at Beloit includes town-gown relationships and higher education institutions’ role in the gentrification of rural communities as well as the racialization of immigration. J’s research interests include the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion/spirituality as they relate to popular culture, language, and current trends/fads. Theoretically, J borrows from Black feminist thought, post-colonial, and Marxist theory.