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 and publisher

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.

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

Sean Guynes, editor and publisher
Amandine Faucheux, editor
Laura Collier, editor