The Team

Rianna Walcott – Director and Co-Founder

Rianna Walcott is a PhD candidate at King’s College London researching black identity formation in digital spaces, and a graduate twice-over from the University of Edinburgh. She writes about feminism, race, and literature for publications including The Wellcome Collection, Dazed, The Skinny, Vice, the Guardian, and the BBC. Rianna is co-editor of The Colour of Madness, an anthology about BAME mental healthand in the time she has left over she moonlights as a professional jazz singer. Find her on twitter @rianna_walcott, or on her website, riannawalcott.com

Samirah Siddiqui – Managing Editor

Samirah Siddiqui is a graduate from the University of Sussex with an MSc in Global Biodiversity Conservation. Her research focus is on marine biology and conservation in Pakistan, and intersections within the decolonization discourse, influenced by her upbringing between Pakistan and the UK. Her goal is to diversify and decolonize the narrative in the climate justice movement and STEM, which she aims to bring to Project Myopia. She is currently based in Berlin and can be found on twitter @SamirahSiddiqui

Hannah McGurk – Outreach Manager

Hannah McGurk is a second year English Literature and German student at the University of Edinburgh. Her interests lie in media and publishing, with work experience in journalism, social media branding and archival research. She’s an avid reader of chick lit, African-American and post-colonial literature, and hopes to bring that passion to the Project Myopia team.

Chinenye Ezeuko – Communications Intern

Chinenye Ezeuko is currently completing a Neuroscience (BSc) at King’s College London. They are interested in the holistic application of Neuroscience to inform our understanding of how and why we do things the way we do, the impact this has on us and, how we can evolve to do things differently and better. Outside of this they have experience in Social Media marketing and Communications and believes in their skilful utilisation to build connections and communities based on mutuality and care, and hope to bring this to Project Myopia as a member of the outreach team. 

Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo – Editor

Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She previously studied at the University of Seville, and Cornell University. Maria’s current research explores contemporary American women’s narratives of identity construction, focussing on the relationship between genre conventions and identity. Her Twitter handle is @mariaelenactq.

Veronica Vivi – Editor

Veronica is a recent graduate from ‘MSc Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present’ at the University of Edinburgh. After completing her undergraduate degree in Italy, she fell in love with Scotland and decided to stay. Her academic interests focus on contemporary literature and in particular feminist writing and activism through the arts.

Ketaki Zodgekar – Editor

Ketaki Zodgekar is currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a writer, singer-songwriter and radio DJ – catch her work at ketakizodgekar.wordpress.com and her tweets at @k_zod