Advocacy Forum


Michael Collins

Michael J. Collins is a Lecturer in American Literature in The School of English at the University of Kent. He completed his PhD in American Studies at The University of Nottingham in 2010 with a thesis entitled “A Multitude of Gaudy Appearances: Ritual, Performance and the Nineteenth-Century-American Short Story”. Following this he held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship for which he looked at the relationship between the emergence of ethnography and realist fiction in Gilded Age America. His work has appeared in a range of publications including Journal of American StudiesComparative American StudiesSymbiosis and online in the Open Access journal Alluvium. He serves as member of the Executive Committee of The British Association for American Studies and has also worked for charities on issues of Widening Participation in Higher Education and campaigns for voting reform.


Twitter: @collinsactually

Anna Feigenbaum

Anna Feigenbaum is a Lecturer at Bournemouth University. She has held fellow positions at the Rutgers Center for Historical Research and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her transdisciplinary research is concerned with questions of communication and social justice, bringing together humanities approaches with the fields of STS and communications geography. She is co-author of Protest Camps: Experiments in Alternative Worlds (Zed 2013) and has published in South Atlantic Quarterly, ephemera, Feminist Media Studies and Sociological Review (forthcoming). An Associate of the Higher Education Academy, her research on open source pedagogies can be found in The Media Education Research Journal and The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. Anna is also a trained facilitator and community educator, running group development workshops for academics, NGOs and local initiatives.

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Twitter: @drfigtree

Justin Meggitt

Justin Meggitt is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, and a Fellow of Wolfson College. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. His teaching and research are focused upon the critical study of religion, and more specifically religion in the early Roman empire and seventeenth-century Atlantic and Mediterranean cultures. He has a particular interest in the history of (ancient) medicine; sociology and anthropology of sectarianism and apocalypticism; religion, magic and ancient popular culture; the relationship between religion, economics, anarchism and secularism; seventeenth-century religious radicalism and interreligious encounter; and religion, violence and slavery. Justin is an open access (and open source) advocate and is committed to facilitating scholarship in the humanities that benefits from the inclusion of all who wish to participate, and which is free from the constraints imposed by inequitable distributions of power and current disciplinary configurations.


Twitter: @JustinMeggitt

Mike Neary

Mike Neary is Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln and Director of both the Graduate School and the Centre for Educational Research and Development. Prior to taking up his appointment in Lincoln Mike taught Political Sociology at the University of Warwick from 1993 to 2007. Before becoming an academic he worked in youth development and community education in South London between 1979 and 1993. Mike is author and co-author of numerous books, articles and chapters on political sociology, including: Student as producer: how do revolutionary teachers teach? (Zero Books, 2012), Towards teaching in public: reshaping the modern university (Continuum, 2012), with Howard Stevenson and Leslie Bell, The future of higher education: policy, pedagogy and the student experience (Continuum, 2009), with Leslie Bell and Howard Stevenson, Korean transformations: Power workers, probation and the politics of human rights (Sungkonghoe University, 2003), The labour debate: an investigation into the theory and reality of capitalist work (Ashgate, 2002), with Ana C. Dinerstein, and Faith in the Coalfields: community regeneration or managing decline? (The Church Urban Fund, 2002). Mike has also led several successful funding initiatives, including establishing the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research at the University of Warwick (2004-2009), setting up the Learning Landscapes in Higher Education for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (2008 – 2010) and launching the Student as Producer: Reinventing the Undergraduate Curriculum initiative for the Higher Education Academy (2010 – 2013). Mike is a National Teaching Fellow at the Higher Education Academy.


Twitter: @mikeneary

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor is a computer programmer by profession and palaeobiologist by avocation, having earned a Ph.D in the latter in what he laughingly calls his spare time. In his SPARE spare time, he is a strident and frequently counter-productive open-access advocate, always ready with an opinion where it's not wanted. He blogs about open access matters and sauropod vertebrae.


Twitter: @MikeTaylor