ARB Editors


The ARB Editorial Collective

Bodie A. Ashton, editor

Bodie A. Ashton (he/her/they) is an historian who works as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Erfurt in Germany. He is the author of The Kingdom of Württemberg and the Making of Germany, 1815-1871 (London: Bloomsbury, 2017) and the coeditor, together with Amy Bonsall and Jonathan Hay, of Talking Bodies, vol. II: Bodily Languages, Selfhood and Transgression (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Australian by birth, he grew up and studied on Kaurna Land, and received his doctorate at the University of Adelaide in 2014, before moving to Germany in 2016. He can be found yelling (sometimes coherently) on Twitter at @manwithoutatan.

Commission interests: science fiction, retrofuturism, and history; LGBTQIA+ history; historical fiction; imperialism(s), colonialism(s), and nationalism(s).

Jake Casella Brookins, editor

Jake Casella Brookins (he/him) is an SF reviewer and independent scholar, and runs Positron Chicago for speculative fiction book clubs and other literary events. Originally from the Pennsylvania Appalachians, Casella now lives in Chicago on the unceded land of the Potawatomi and other peoples. Book ramblings and occasional bread experiments can be found on his blog. Find him on twitter as @jakecasella.

Commission interests: science fiction & fantasy literature; science fiction and philosophy (especially ethics); genre theory and structure, and works that challenge or blur genres; reading communities and reception theory.

Laura Collier, editor

Laura Collier (she/her) is a PhD candidate, tutor, and lecturer living on Whadjuk Nyoongar land (Perth, Western Australia). Laura writes about the history of emotions, activist theory, utopian imaginaries, and how speculative fiction narratives by womxn imagine a future for humanity. Laura has given a number of public lectures and published work in both creative and academic spaces, and is passionate about the development of new opportunities within, and external to, the academy.

Commission interests: science fiction, fantasy, and folklore, esp. utopias and dystopias, post/apocalypses, medievalist retellings, and womxn’s SFF; nonfiction on gender and sexuality, emotions, activism, and community organizing.

Sean Guynes, editor and publisher
sean [at] ancillaryreviewofbooks [dot] org

Sean Guynes (he/him) is a writer, critic, and editor who lives on Anishinaabe land in what is now Ann Arbor, MI. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, American Quarterly, World Literature Today, Utopian Studies, American Book Review, and PopMatters, among others. Find him on Twitter as @saguynes.

Commission interests: science fiction and fantasy; grimdark, feminist, and diverse epic fantasy; Africanfuturism, Afrofuturisms, and Afrofantasy; Indigenous futurisms and Pasifikafuturisms; essays and series on books/films/media that challenge traditional genre notions.

Brydie Kosmina, editor

Brydie Kosmina (she/her) is a sessional academic living on unceded Kaurna land (Tandanya/Adelaide, South Australia). Brydie researches popular culture, literary studies, and memory studies, and has a particular emphasis on feminist and queer activism and politics. She also have a developing research in environmental humanities. Her writing has appeared in Continuum and forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture. She is also a very good home cook and a keen gardener. Find Brydie on Twitter @brydiekosmina.

Commission interests: science fiction and fantasy; environmental humanities; television and film; adaptation; feminism; queer theory.

Sabrina Mittermeier, editor

Sabrina Mittermeier (she/her) is a scholar of cultural studies and history, and the author of A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks: Middle Class Kingdoms (Intellect/U of Chicago Press, 2020) and co-editor of Fighting for the Future: Essays on Star Trek: Discovery (Liverpool UP, 2020) and the forthcoming Routledge Handbook to Star Trek. Her work has appeared in multiple academic journals and volumes, such as The Journal of Popular Culture. Find her on Twitter as @S_Mittermeier.

Commission interests: television and film (any genre, but particularly work that considers issues of representation), theme parks and other immersive spaces, queer studies/history, historical fiction across media.

Ashumi Shah, editor

Ashumi Shah (she/her) is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Augsburg, Germany. When not examining science fiction and fantasy fandoms for her research, she is either watching Doctor Who or attempting (and failing) to catch-up with her Goodreads TBR list. Aiming to “leisure-read” at least 52 books in a year, Ashumi particularly loves fiction featuring strong female characters and dark/gothic motifs. If, after all of this, she still manages to find time, she is cooking up a storm, playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, training herself in Spencerian penmanship or beautifying her reading journal. To keep up with what she is reading or cooking, you can find her on Instagram as: ashumi_shah.

Commission interests: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, urban mysteries; realist and magical realist literature, esp. Indian fiction; drama; interactive and experimental storytelling; fandoms and fan communities; media prosumption; video games, film, and television.


Editors Emeriti

Amandine Faucheux, editor