Founders

Keidra Chaney – Managing Publisher

A self-described “writer in a complicated relationship with the internet”, Keidra is a writer, editor, and creator of pop culture website The Learned Fangirl (TLF). The Learned Fangirl is committed to highlighting and nurturing under-reported writing focused on media, technology, and online culture by providing access and opportunity for women and people of color to publish media and cultural critiques that are too often ignored by the mainstream media.

Keidra’s writing has been featured in publications including The Chicago Sun Times, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Uncanny Magazine, Prism, Time Out, Paste Magazine, and Chicago Reader.

She has spoken about media and pop culture at Chicago Public Radio, WGN and at conferences including BlogHer and EMP Pop Conference

Keidra is a 2020 Fellow with Disability Lead, the only program in the country for emerging leaders with disabilities. She is also a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).

Raizel Liebler – Publisher

Raizel Liebler is an Instructor of Law and the Faculty Scholarship Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago and was an Affiliate Scholar with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is the founding co-publisher of Wild Ramp Publishing, which includes projects such as The Learned Fangirl, an online publication about pop culture, technology and critical theory. Raizel’s scholarship focuses on the interaction between technology and the law, concentrating on intellectual property, copyright, privacy, rights of publicity, knowledge commons, and access to scholarship for all.

Her recent publications have appeared in the SAGE Handbook on Intellectual Property, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal. Her latest law review article touches on how to make academic scholarship accessible to all through a disability justice lens — Can Accessibility Liberate The “Lost Ark” of Scholarly Work?: University Library Institutional Repositories Are “Places of Public Accommodation”, 52 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 327 (2019).

Her research about link rot in Supreme Court cases was discussed twice in the New York Times – and is prominently cited on the Ninth Circuit’s website. Her law review articles have been cited by the New York Times, the Supreme Court of California, and in briefs submitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Nevada. Raizel’s work on internet source link rot was cited in a brief to the Supreme Court, Brief of Amicus Curiae Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees to the United States Supreme Court in Koziara v. BNSF Railway (No. 16-1059) (March 31, 2017).