Union Institute & University LogoPenumbra is the official, refereed, scholarly journal of Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies. The journal is published at regular intervals and dedicated to challenging traditional academic and creative disciplinary boundaries in the context of social change.

Penumbra’s purpose is to promote theoretically informed engagements with concrete issues and problems. The journal publishes socially engaged, innovative, creative, and critical scholarship with a focus on ethical and political issues in the humanities, public policy, and education and leadership. Penumbra is a peer-edited and peer-reviewed journal committed to spanning the divide between scholarly and creative production, and to fostering work from graduate students, junior scholars, and emerging artists, in addition to more established critical and creative voices.

ISSN 2380-1662

Our Team


Meegan M. Hall

Associate Editors

Micael Storm Blue

Erika Casburn

Jenn Loring

Tiffany McRae

Assistant Editors

Bob Berardo

Omotayo Ogunbunmi

Journal Advisory Committee

Christopher Voparil, Chair

Daniel Diaz Reyez

Betty Overton-Adkins

Jennifer Raymond

Editors Emeriti 

Bryon Garner (2021-2022)
Kristen McNutt (2019 -2021)
Jonina Anderson-Lopez (2017-2019)
Marianna Boncek (2016-2017)
Gariot Louima (2014-2016)
Elizabeth Aiossa (2013-2014)
Jon Ross (2013-2014)
John Giordano (2012-2013)
Tiffany Traylor (2012-2013)