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Aisha Matthews

Independent Scholar, Freelance Editor, Educator

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Aisha Matthews

Aisha Matthews

Independent Scholar, Freelance Editor, Educator

After graduating from Yale in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in English, I went on to complete my Master’s degree (2017) in the same field at Southern New Hampshire University. I have also completed some Ph.D. study in English at Southern Methodist University. During my time in the program, I was published in academic publications, and have received enthusiastic feedback on my teaching and writing skills.

As the Managing Editor for the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, I have worked most extensively on peer-reviewed scholarship, book reviews, and other non-fiction pieces (including technical writing for communications), and specialize in editorial assessment, developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I am currently working on the process of starting a new creative endeavor, and I am seeking opportunities to branch out into fiction editing, ghostwriting, and design. I study and work with science & speculative fiction, fantasy, young adult literature, African-American literature, and literary criticism, but would also be happy to work on articles, columns, and manuscripts in other areas.

As a freelancer, I offer services in editing, writing, research, consulting, and tutoring. Please see my “Services” page for more information, and remember to request an estimate for your project on the “Contact” page. I look forward to hearing from you!

Service

Service

Service
MOSF Journal of Science Fiction

Managing Editor

Assistant Managing Editor

Editor

Peer Reviewer

07/2016 - Present

01/2019 - Present

06/2017 - 12/2018

11/2016 - 06/2017

06/2019 - 11/2016

Escape Velocity

Director of Literary Programming

Literary Programming Coordinator

02/2017 - Present

11/2017 - Present

02/2017 - 11/2017

JOSF Responsibilities
Developmental Editing70
Content Editing70
Line Editing70
Peer Review Management50
Journal Layout25
Web Management25
Hiring & Onboarding15
Escape Velocity Responsibilities
Panel Planning & Selection70
Outreach60
Moderating50
Interviews45
CFP Ideation & Proposals40
On-Site Run of Show25
Communications15

Research

Research

Publications
Articles

“Gender, Ontology, and The Power of the Patriarchy: A Postmodern Feminist Analysis of Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.Women’s Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal, vol. 47, no. 6, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/00497878.2018.1492403.

“Telepaths, Social Constructs, and Panoptical Power in Octavia Butler’s Patternist Series.” Order No. 10259208 Southern New Hampshire University, 2017. Ann Arbor: ProQuest.”

“Looking Back is Moving Forward: The Legacy of Negro Spirituals in the Civil Rights Movement.” International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, vol. 4, no. 10, 2016.

“Raping the Jezebel: Hypocrisy, Stereotyping and Sexual Identity in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, vol. 4, no. 5, 2016.

Book Chapters

“Intentional Fallacies of Acquisition and Competition: The Biopolitics of Sexuality and Space in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis,” Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturistic Visions: Reframing Identity, Culture, and History. Lexington Books. (Forthcoming).

“Conspiracies of the Flesh: Disciplinary Power and Female Embodiment in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Critical Insights. (Jim Plath ed.). Salem/Greyhouse Press, 2020.

Conference Presentations

May 2019

“The Supernatural in SF Literature (Nalo Hopkinson, NK Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor)” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2019.

“Space Opera: Culture of the Sci/Fi Tragedy-Comedy Epics” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2019.

“Early African American Science Fiction (Pauline Hopkins, George Schuyler)” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2019.

“Neurodiversity: Cognition, Alterity, and Ability in Science Fiction Literature” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2019.

March 2019

“Octavia Butler’s Afrofuturistic Visions: Reframing Identity, Culture, and History” (Seminar Speaker). Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Washington, D.C., 2019.

May 2018

“Afrofuturism Returns: Black Superhuman and Otherhuman Identities” (Panel Organizer and Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2018.

“Disability in Science Fiction” (Panel Organizer and Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2018.

“Female Embodiment in the Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narrative” (Panel Organizer and Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2018.

“Sci-Fi Languages, Dialects and Slang” (Panel Organizer and Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2018.

Feb. 2018

“Magical Creatures and How to Exploit Them: A Post-Colonial Reading of Harry Potter as a Representation of American Colonial History” (Paper Presentation). Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA), Albuquerque, 2018.

Sept. 2017      

“Afrofuturism: Butler and Beyond” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2017.

“Science Fiction Criticism: Suvin and Beyond” (Panel Organizer and Moderator). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2017.

“Young Adult Science Fiction Literature for Girls” (Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2017.

Interviews

May 2019

“The Museum of Science Fiction Returns.” Behind the Mind Radio. Host Karen Baker. We Act Radio. 17 May 2019. Radio.

May 2018

“Sci-Fi Literature.” Creating Sci-Fi and Fantasy – An Inside Look. Host Chris Alvarez. Christobal Alvarez. 25 May 2018. Podcast.

Digital Projects

“Young Adult Science Fiction Literature for Girls” (Speaker). Escape Velocity, Washington D.C., 2017.

Areas of Specialization
Afrofuturism90
Speculative Fiction80
African American Literature50
Literary Postmodernism65
Feminisms & Womanisms65
Gender & Sexuality50
Disability Studies50
Research Interests
Octavia Butler
90%
Margaret Atwood
90%
Biopolitics
75%
Harry Potter
70%
American Studies
70%
Young Adult Science Fiction
50%
SF Television
50%
Critical Race Theory
50%

Testimonials

Testimonials