about us.



The Critical Theory & Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research (CTSJ) 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.

contact us.


We can be reached at ctsj-journal@oxy.edu.

Our office is in the Weingart building on the campus of Occidental College, in Los Angeles.


G.A.E. Griffin, Lead Faculty Editor


Venitia Boyce '19, Managing Editor

Sam Clendenning '18, Lead Student Editor



Chelsea Blair '18

Will Dean '18

Marcus Forbes '18

Julian Halpern '20

Marshall Meyer '18

Dalia Quezada ' 20

Skye Reed '20

Hope Roehrs '20

Gabrielle Seiwert '18

Karim Sharif '18

James Wronoski '18

Margaux Ziss '18


art editors.

Haelan Nunn '19

Olivia Tenney '19



Ariadne Makridakis '20, Lead Poetry Editor


social media.

Bex King '18, Social Media Coordinator

graduate advising editors.

Tania Flores 2013

Zachary Ehmann 2014

Michelle DiBattiste 2015

Ashley Ajayi 2015

Tim Lewis 2017

copy editor.

Karen DeVivo

graphic designer.

Katya Tepper

external peer reviewers.

Peter Lee, City University of Brooklyn College 2017

Matthew Filpi, Gonzaga University 2017

Justin Cajanding, Stanford University 2019