Kirin J. Makker is Associate Professor of American Studies at Hobart William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.  She holds graduate degrees in literary studies, architecture, and regional planning.  Her scholarship examines American vernacular planning and landscape history; her current work examines the history of small town Main Street as a social, physical and economic space. Also an artist, she maintains an interdisciplinary creative practice, working in bespoke sewn products and clothing, drawing and watercolor, metalsmithing and artisan jewelry, letterpress and printmaking, book arts, and public arts advocacy. She teaches undergraduate studio courses in "drawing for study and storytelling" and a seminar/studio on "Critical Space Theory and Practice".  She has published and exhibited her work at conferences, symposia, and other national and international venues.  You can follow her work on Instagram @kirinmakker
The Womb Chair Speaks draws partially on her personal history with the pelvic inflammatory disease endometriosis. Makker originally conceived of the Womb Chair Speaks project and is its primary point person.

Abigail M. Frederick is the design editor for the Seneca Review and publicity assistant for author Sejal Shah. She has worked as an intern for Ploughshares and studied urbanism in Berlin, Germany. She recently graduated with degrees in architectural studies and English from Hobart and William Smith colleges. She reads as a volunteer for The Common and her writing has appeared in the New Delta Review and The Common.


E. Ainsley Rhodes is a spatially-oriented thinker and observer who is currently exploring the field of landscape architecture. She works as a marketing coordinator and designer at Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB), a Washington, DC-based landscape architecture firm that specializes in solving design problems in highly urbanized contexts. She prefers looking at spatial design through an interdisciplinary lens, informed by her studies in architectural design, studio art, environmental studies, and sociology throughout her time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.