Gemma Gibson – Editor
I graduated from the University of Winchester with a BA in English literature in 2013 and began my MA in Women’s Studies at the University of York in the same year. Currently I am a PhD student at the Centre for Women’s Studies researching ‘mainstream’ representations of fat women and the popularisation of the ‘body positivity’ movement. Although I am presently finding my way through my first few years of feminist teaching and beginning this journal, feminism has influenced my life beyond academia. I am very interested in the intersections between activism and academia which is a large part of my motivation behind Cultivate.
Nicole Froio – Guest Editor
I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Sheffield and an MA in Women, Violence and Conflict from the University of York’s Centre for Women’s Studies. I am originally from Brazil and I’ve worked as a freelance journalist and editor across the UK, US and Brazil. I am currently a PhD student in the Centre for Women’s Studies, where I investigate the intersection of sexual violence, masculinity and the media.
Anaïs Duong-Pedica – Associate Editor
Anaïs is a PhD candidate at Åbo Akademi University. Her research explores ‘mixed-race’ identity at a time of decolonization in Kanaky New Caledonia. She also teaches a Gender Studies course on “White Women & White Feminism”.
Tallulah Lines – Associate Editor
Tallulah Lines is an early-career researcher who graduated from the University of York with an MA by Research in Women’s Studies in 2018. Her research focused on identity and self-perception of domestic workers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Before studying her MA by Research, Tallulah graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in History, and spent six years living and working in Spain, Ecuador and Mexico. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, providing research support to the Wellbeing of Human Rights Defenders at Risk project. In her spare time Tallulah is a keen artist, specialising in creating art which promotes themes of equality, diversity and alternative sociopolitical perspectives.
Rachele Salvatelli – Associate Editor and Social Media Content Creator
I graduated from the University of Perugia with a BA in Philosophy and a MA in Philosophy and Ethics of Human Relations. In 2014, I was awarded the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities scholarship and joined the Department of Politics at the University of York for a MA in Political Philosophy. In 2017, I was offered a departmental scholarship to start a PhD in Sociology at the same university. My current project focuses on identity formation, stigma rejection and the narratives of fat body positive individuals.
Katie Smith – Associate Editor and Social Media Content Creator
Katie Smith is a PhD student studying representation of gender in the 19th Century Novel selection of the National Curriculum for English Literature. She also dabbles in social media promoting, although her thesis title doesn’t always fit the Twitter character limit.
Ellie Terry – Web Editor
My background is in politics and political theory which I studied at BA and Masters level at the University of Leeds. I am now a final year PhD student at the University of York. My thesis explores the current cultural politics of sex, examining key moments from the ‘porn wars’ through Raunch Culture to the current #MeToo Moment, utilising textural analysis of Netflix texts Orange Is the New Black and Sense8 and autoethnographic enquiry into my own situatedness both within the culture I am researching, and as a part-time researcher with mental health history. Outside of academia I work in a children and young people’s mental health unit and am active in local, LGBT and feminist politics in the city of York.
Imogen White – Associate Editor
I completed my BA in American History, Literature and Culture from the University of Nottingham in 2017. I had also completed a year of studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and had almost completed enough credits to acquire a Major in the Women and Gender Studies department. Since, I have started an MA in Women’s Studies at the University of York. I also work for a charity in York, and am involved in several more. My researching and reading focus is concentrated on feminism and sex work.
Cultivate was co-founded by O’Dessa Darling and Gemma Gibson in 2017.