Karma Chávez, Megan Jeanette Myers, and Edward Paulino

Nov 15, 2022

Publishing Activism & Alternative Forms of Collaborative Scholarship

A Conversation with Karma Chávez, Megan Jeanette Myers, and Edward Paulino

New Books Network 2022

Scholarship is frequently imagined as a solitary pursuit, done mostly in archives or with books. This CHI Salon will feature scholars pursuing alternatives to this model and who regularly publish scholarship that emerges out of community activism, who co-write or co-edit books, and who actively seek out and create new models of authorship and research. Amherst Presidential Scholar Karma Chávez (UT-Austin), Amherst College Press authors Megan Jeanette Myers (Iowa State) and Edward Paulino (John Jay) as discuss their past publication experiences and the opportunities and challenges of collaborative scholarship.

This panel is in honor of Open Access Week 2022 (Oct. 24-30).


Karma Chávez is Bobby and Sherri Patton Professor in the Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. The author of The Borders of AIDS: Race, Quarantine, and Resistance (Washington, 2021), Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities (Illinois, 2013), and the book of interviews Palestine on the Air (Illinois, 2019), Chavez has also co-edited four volumes: Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention, and Deportation (with Eithne Luibhéid, U of Illinois Press), Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies (with the Feminist Editorial Collective: other members are: Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Aren Z. Aizura, Aimee Bahng, Mishuana Goeman, and Amber Jamilla Musser, NYU Press), Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies (with Cindy L. Griffin, SUNY Press) and Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method (Penn State University Press).

Megan Jeanette Myers is associate professor of Spanish at Iowa State University where she co-directs the Languages and Cultures for Professions program. She is also a Faculty Fellow for Active Learning and Engagement at Iowa State’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Myers is the author of Mapping Hispaniola: Third Space in Dominican and Haitian Literature (UVA, 2019), co-editor of the multimodal and multivocal anthology, The Border of Lights Reader: Bearing Witness to Genocide in the Dominican Republic (ACP, 2021), and just returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in the Dominican Republic. 

Edward Paulino is associate professor of Global History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Paulino is the author of Dividing Hispaniola: The Dominican Republic’s Border Campaign against Haiti, 1930-1961 (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) and co-editor of The Border of Lights Reader: Bearing Witness to Genocide in the Dominican Republic (ACP, 2021). His scholarly articles and chapters have appeared widely and his research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, and the New York State Archives.

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