Fiona Allon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Renovation Nation: Our Obsession with Home (UNSW Press, 2008) and Home Economics: Speculating on Everyday Life (Duke UP, forthcoming), along with a number of articles on debt, everyday finance, and the financialization of the household/housing.
[organizing team] Benjamin Anderson is a PhD candidate in Communication at Simon Fraser University.
Brenna Bhandar is Senior Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London. She is author of Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership (Duke UP: 2018), and co-editor (with Jon Goldberg-Hiller, of Plastic Materialities: Politics, Metamorphosis and Legality in the work of Catherine Malabou (Duke UP: 2015). She has published widely in the areas of critical legal theory, critical race feminism, and property studies.
[organizing team] Enda Brophy teaches and researches the political economy of communication at Simon Fraser University
Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Departments of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, published in English or French, in 2014/2015, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016. He is also a co-founder of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a decolonial, Indigenous land-based post-secondary program operating on his traditional territories in Denendeh(Northwest Territories).
Iyko Day is Associate Professor of English and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College and Co-Chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism, published by Duke University Press in 2016. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Critical Ethnic Studies on “Solidarities of Non-Alignment” and is working on a second monograph on nuclear colonialism. She also co-edits the book series Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality for Temple University Press.
Noah Fischer’s drawings, installations writings, and performances bridge intuition and political struggle while his organizing practice engages it head on. Fischer is a founding member of Occupy Museums, a group that formed in Zuccotti Park and brought horizontal assemblies to MoMA, Lincoln Center and other cultural institutions. More recently, Occupy Museums’ archive project DEBTFAIR catalogs how Neoliberal economic reality directly impacts artists. Fischer’s work has been seen with and without invitation at Guggenheim, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, ZKM and in the 56th Venice Biennale, 7th Berlin Biennale and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. He currently teaches studio art at Kenyon College in Ohio and Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Rodrigo Finkelstein is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and a student fellow at the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. His research interests include Marxism, the political economy of communication, health information at work, and discourse of health and safety.
Iolanda Fresnillo is an activist and researcher on debt and development finance since 1999. Sociologist and MA on Development. Currently working as a consultant on public policy (gender budgeting, tax and procurement, debt and policy audits, urban commons, etc.). Member of the Citizens Debt Audit Platform in Spain. She has participated for many years in the anti-debt global movement.
Andrea Fumagalli is professor in the Department of Economics and Management at University of Pavia. He is member of Effimera Network, founder member of Bin-Italy (Basic Income Network, Italy. His recent publications include the books Economia Politica del Comune (Derive Approdi 2017) and The Crisis of the Global Economy: Financial Markets, Social Struggles and New Political Scenarios (Semiotext(e) 2010, with S.Mezzadra) and the articles “Twenty Theses on Contemporary Capitalism (Cognitive Biocapitalism)” in Angelaki. The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (2011), “Life put to work: towards a theory of life-value” in Ephemera (2011, with C. Morini), “Finance, Austerity and Commonfare” in Theory, Culture and Society (2015).
Alyosha Goldstein is Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century (2012), the editor of Formations of United States Colonialism (2014), and the co-editor (with Jodi A. Byrd, Jodi Melamed, and Chandan Reddy) of “Economies of Dispossession: Indigeneity, Race, Capitalism,” a special issue of Social Text (2018), (with Juliana Hu Pegues and Manu Vimalassery) of “On Colonial Unknowing,” a special issue of Theory & Event (2016) and (with Alex Lubin) of “Settler Colonialism,” a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (2008).
[organizing team] Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University and co-director of RiVAL: the ReImagining Value Action Lab. His research focuses on the power of the imagination, both in terms of the Cultures of Financialization and in terms of the Radical Imagination. His latest book is Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization.
Laura Hanna is an organizer and filmmaker. She is a co-founder and co-director of The Debt Collective, a membership based organization that empowers debtors to renegotiate, resist, and refuse unfair debts. In the short term, the Debt Collective offers direct services, political education, and an organizing platform where debtors can develop a shared vision and work together towards shared goals. The long-term aim is to open a new front in the larger fight against predatory lending and the racial wealth gap while working toward positive solutions to the problem of economic inequality. Hanna serves as board President of The Rolling Jubilee, a fund that has facilitated $33 million dollars of debt relief to people struggling with predatory debts, including medical debts, student loans, and probation debt and payday loans. She has a background in social justice filmmaking. Prior to political organizing, she worked with legal teams to create film and media strategies on behalf of those facing the death penalty. She has produced and directed films that have been screened and installed in museums in the U.S. and abroad.
Peter James Hudson is Associate Professor of history and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and the author of Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (Chicago, 2017).
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker, writer, curator, scholar and professor at Columbia University, where she is also the founding curator of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive. Among her books and publications are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), The Latino Media Gap (2014), and Sovereign Acts: Contesting Colonialism in Native Nations and Latinx America (2017). Her most recent films include Small City, Big Change (2013), War for Guam (2015) and Life Outside (2016). For her work as a scholar and filmmaker, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships. She is currently the director of Unpayable Debt, a working group at Columbia University that studies debt regimes in the world and lead collaborator in two of its main projects NoMoreDebt: Caribbean Syllabus (first and second edition), and Valor y Cambio (Value and Change), a storytelling and community currency project in Puerto Rico.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include: The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (2010), and (with Jeff Kinkle) Cartographies of the Absolute (2015). He edited The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics with Lorenzo Chiesa, and has translated several works by Alain Badiou, as well as Antonio Negri, Furio Jesi and Franco Fortini. He is currently working on two book projects, the first on tragedy as a political form, the second on philosophy, capitalism and ‘real abstraction’. He has sat on the editorial board Historical Materialism since 2004, and is series editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books.
Ann Larson is co-founder of the Debt Collective, a membership organization for people in debt. She has a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center where she wrote an ethnography on first-generation college students. She has written numerous articles on the subjects of debt, social class, and education.
Johnna Montgomerie is a Reader in International Political Economy at King's College London, she serves as the Co-Convenor of the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) and is a Council Member of the Progressive Economy Forum. Her research interests are in debt, financialisation, and the household, in particular in Anglo-America. Her newest book, Should We Abolish Household Debt? (London: Polity) offers new solutions for ending debt-dependent growth. Her most recent article, co-authored with Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, 'Spaces of Debt Resistance' is published in Geoforum, analyses the growing movements to resist debt in everyday life.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is founder and former Co-Director of the Dane County TimeBank (DCTB) - a 2800-member time exchange, and Creative Director of Mutual Aid Networks, a new type of networked cooperative. In addition to her work in timebanking and growing grassroots-up economic and community regeneration, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Rearick also works as a musician.
Research for Action is is a workers’ co-operative producing research to support social, economic and environmental justice.
Jerome Roos is a Fellow in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, and founding editor of ROAR Magazine. His first book, Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt, is now out from Princeton University Press.
Cassie Thornton is an artist who uses a variety of techniques to transform the lonely terrors instilled by capitalism into opportunities for collective transformation and solidarity. She has developed a peer-to-peer credit-reporting service, smuggled cursed paintings into bad banks, used hypnosis to help people visualize their debts, taught feminist economics through yoga and mobilized children to use power-tools to demolish the walls of financialization lodged in adults’ imaginations. She is co-director of RiVAL: the ReImagining Value Action Lab.