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The CTSJ Journal offers a transformative space for undergraduate students to engage critical theory in the pursuit of social justice. Undergraduate students are uniquely poised to propel new ideas: critiquing, engaging, and creating new spaces of intellectual thought and activism while building upon a rich history of criticism and political action. Critical theory is an innovative, diverse body of responsive theories, capable of advancing social justice as a commitment to exposing and ending social inequalities. Engaging multiple axes of identity and expanding innovative theory, such as Bataille’s radical definition of Transgression or Ngai’s imaginative aesthetic theory, our Journal advances transdisciplinary essays and artwork that do not fall for shallow solutions or terminal truths. Our Journal extends this work in the visual power of art, a secondary space beyond the boundaries of language. In the profound and everyday, we find novel opportunities for theory and political exploration. The Journal believes that an undergraduate student should not be a passive recipient of knowledge, but an active producer of critical thought; their research and methods are capable of producing original juxtapositions and transgressing the boundaries of staid research. It is our hope that the essays, art, and interventions found within our journal will foster an exchange of ideas across disciplines to deepen understandings of systems of injustice.


Lead Faculty Editor

G.A.E. Griffin

Faculty Editors

Mary Christianakis
H. N. Lukes

Lead Student Editor

James Wronoski 2018

Student Editors

Gabbie Seiwert 2018
Karim Sharif 2018
Hope Roehrs 2020
Julian Halpern 2020
Sam Clendenning 2018
Marcus Forbes 2018
Ariadne Makridakis 2020
William Dean 2018

Graduate Advisor

Timothy Lewis 2017

Copy Editor

Karen DeVivo

Graphic Designer

Scott Wood