Editorial Board

The Edge Effects editorial board is composed of graduate students and a faculty advisor from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment.

Managing Editor

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Ben Iuliano (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. His current research focuses on the conservation of beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes, using lady beetles in Wisconsin as a model system. Ben is broadly interested in multispecies justice, food systems, and the political economy of agriculture. He holds an M.Sc. in Agroecology from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Website. Twitter. Contact.


Faculty Advising Editor

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Noreen McAuliffe (she/her) is a lecturer in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work focuses on the effects of global environmental change on human and more-than-human lives. Her interests include the environmental humanities, creativity in science, and multimedia science communication. Her writing has appeared in The Common, The Baltimore Review, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and was named “Notable” in Best American Essays. She’s been awarded the Alces Foundation Environmental Writing Fellowship, a New York State Writers Institute scholarship, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and a Waitt Grant from the National Geographic Society. Contact.


Editorial Board

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Kristen Billings (she/her) is a PhD student in Community and Environmental Sociology. Her current research investigates the environmental impacts of militarism and situates resistance to U.S. military pollution and occupation within anti-imperial and abolitionist struggles. Contact.


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Addie Hopes (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department (Literary Studies). She’s a former Managing Editor of Edge Effects (2018–2019; 2020–2021), an editorial assistant at Contemporary Literature, and a Fiction editor at The Hopper. When she’s not writing a dissertation about documentary ecopoetry, she’s thinking about queer and feminist approaches to mermaids and speculative multispecies worlds. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Twitter. Contact.


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Marisa Lanker (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Nelson Institute’s Environment & Resources program. Her current research on smallholder farmers in Guatemala examines how narratives of indigeneity connect to distinct formations of agrobiodiversity and inform food sovereignty outcomes. She holds an M.S. in Agroecology from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Contact.


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Rebecca Laurent (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Community and Environmental Sociology. Her work is focused on environmental politics and (in)justice, including the entanglement of oil and state, the cultural hegemony of fossil fuels, and the repression of environmental activism. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Contact.


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Juniper Lewis (they/them) is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology. Their work focuses on how young people at Christian summer camps think about religion, nature, and themselves. Outside of their research they love to think and talk about queerness, sewing, and table top rpgs. Contact.


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Weishun Lu (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the English Department (Literary Studies). Her research interests include contemporary poetry and ethnic humor. In particular, she looks at affective relations evoked by politically engaged literature and rhetoric. Contact.


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Bri Meyer (she/her) is PhD candidate in cultural anthropology. She does multispecies ethnography with the American Saddlebred show horse community to study caring bonds across species that are collaborative, embodied, and gendered. She is also invested in discussions on the accessibility of anthropology and ethnographic writing, and how the “genre” of ethnography relates to and differs from other genres of literature. Website. Contact.


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Rudy Molinek (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geoscience. His research investigates the history of the vast glacial ice sheet that has periodically covered northern North America over the past 2.5 million years. He also hosts and produces the podcast Under Our Feet, which tells stories of the geologic forces and events that shape the world around us. Rudy holds an M.S. in Earth Science from the University of Minnesota. Website. Twitter. Contact.


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Clare Sullivan (she/her) is a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department. She studies drivers of deforestation in Colombia, and the impacts of different types of environmental governance on cattle, farmers and landscapes. She holds an M.I.A. in Environmental Policy from Columbia University. Contact.


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Richelle Wilson (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary analysis of IKEA as a site of Swedish nationalism and her broad research interests include contemporary literature and film, labor studies, and public humanities. She is a former managing editor of Edge Effects (2021–2022), talk radio producer at WORT 89.9 FM, producer of season 1 of the Collegeland podcast, and copy editor for DialogueTwitter. Contact.


Audio Editors

Rudy Molinek (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geoscience. His research investigates the history of the vast glacial ice sheet that has periodically covered northern North America over the past 2.5 million years. He also hosts and produces the podcast Under Our Feet, which tells stories of the geologic forces and events that shape the world around us. Rudy holds an M.S. in Earth Science from the University of Minnesota. Website. Twitter. Contact.


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Richelle Wilson (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary analysis of IKEA as a site of Swedish nationalism and her broad research interests include contemporary literature and film, labor studies, and public humanities. She is a former managing editor of Edge Effects (2021–2022), talk radio producer at WORT 89.9 FM, producer of season 1 of the Collegeland podcast, and copy editor for DialogueTwitter. Contact.


Reviews Editor

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Addie Hopes (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department (Literary Studies). She’s a former Managing Editor of Edge Effects (2018–2019; 2020–2021), an editorial assistant at Contemporary Literature, and a Fiction editor at The Hopper. When she’s not writing a dissertation about documentary ecopoetry, she’s thinking about queer and feminist approaches to mermaids and speculative multispecies worlds. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Twitter. Contact.


Previous editorial board members of Edge Effects include: Bailey Albrecht, Mohammed Rafi Arefin, Adam Behrman, Nicole Bennett, Jake Blanc, Rachel Boothby (Managing Editor), Helen J. Bullard, Charles Carlin, Kuhelika Ghosh, Oindrila Chattopadhyay, William Cronon (Faculty Advising Editor), Doron Darnov, Daniel Grant, W. Nathan Green, Spring Greeney, Carly Griffith, Rachel Gross, Brian Hamilton (Managing Editor), Elizabeth Hennessy (Faculty Advising Editor), Justyn Huckleberry, Nathan Jandl (Managing Editor), Mary-Kate Keran, Adam Mandelman (Managing Editor), Jessica Montez, Eric Nost, Travis Olson, Laura Perry (Managing Editor), Carl Sack, Rebecca Summer (Managing Editor), John Suval, Sara Gabler Thomas, Emmanuel Urey, Stepha Velednitsky, Kate Wersan, Kaitlin Stack Whitney.