Meet the Dismantle Team

Heaven Leigh Carey close up with a dog

hvnly, Editor: hvnly is a recent graduate living in the PNW. Her work allows her to justify reading and watching science fiction of all kinds, and her passion for the genre and its ability to help sculpt the future gives her plenty to think and write about. Bored with hopeless pessimism, hvnly advocates for radical community care as a tonic necessary for change. She lives with a small goblin. 

Justin Duyao black and white headshot

Justin Duyao, Editor. Justin Duyao is a writer, editor and creative director with experience in journalism, art criticism, copywriting and creative editing. He holds an MA in Critical Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University, as well as degrees in English Literature, French and Religious Thought from Harding University. He is the recipient of a Make | Learn | Build grant from Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council, as well as a Writing Fellowship from the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA. His art writing has been published by Oregon ArtsWatch and Variable West, and he has non-fiction essays published in Dismantle Magazine, Weathered and the Clackamas Literary Review, among others. He lives in Portland, Oregon. LinkTree:

Elise Chatelain in a black sweater

Elise M. Chatelain, PhD. Co-Founder: Elise is an educator, writer and researcher. A few years ago, she transitioned from full time university teaching to develop other avenues for creative education and outreach. With a background in sociology and years of experience in the restaurant and bar business, she brings to Dismantle insights from social research methods, marketing and organizational management. A Louisiana native, Elise splits her time between New Orleans and Merida, Mexico, with her long-time partner and their very sweet dog, Peligrosa. To see articles by Elise, go here.

Sara Bernstein

Sara Tatyana Bernstein, PhD. Co-founder: Sara is a freelance writer whose work has been published in Longreads, Hippocampus Magazine, Vox, BuzzFeed ReaderCatapult, The Outline, Inside Higher Ed, Full Stop, and more. Her scholarly publications include contributions to Fashion, Style and Popular Culture Journal, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Dress, and several collections of scholarly essays. After many years of teaching college courses in fashion and cultural studies, Sara now works as a freelance writer and consultant. With her steady fella of many, many years, likes to ride bikes and invent new toys for their cats. To learn more about Sara, visit her website here. To see her Dismantle articles, go here.

Amber Brown

Amber M. Brown, Creative Consultant: Amber is an emerging writer, and artist. When she’s not working her 9-5, she’s gigging as a freelance creative consultant focused on women-owned and operated small businesses. Ask her, and she’ll tell you everything you need to know about the best shelf-stable cheeses for at-home movie nachos. She often daydreams about publishing a memoir that touches on her experiences with death, grief, and forgiveness. 

Amber holds a B.A. from The University of Michigan-Dearborn in Humanities, with a focus on Gender Studies and Art History. She spends her personal time rewatching 90’s rom-coms, documenting her daily life and travels through iPhone photography, and volunteering to help end food insecurity in her community. Amber lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, and their adorable gray cat. 

About the Co-Founders

Dismantle editors, Elise and Sara. Two women in orange and green dresses from mid-1960s
Elise (left) and Sara (right) playing ’60s dress-up in grad school

When Sara Tatyana Bernstein and Elise M. Chatelain were working towards their PhD’s in Cultural Studies at UC Davis, they had this weird habit of collaborating on all of their projects, and looking for ways to move from ideas to action. One beloved feminist theory professor dubbed them the “endearing oddballs” of her seminar because they insisted on doing everything together, and on—err—creatively interpreting their assignments. Upon earning their doctorates they quickly realized that, though they were passionate about the potential for critical studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to produce real social change, they would always be oddballs in academia. 

So, they started imagining different ways to do cultural studies—ways that would reach beyond the university to wider communities, that would help dismantle the cultural barriers many learners face when navigating new ideas, and hopefully along the way would create an organization that remunerated creative and intellectual labor. 

Their dream of a truly collaborative, supportive space for creative, critical explorations of culture took the form of Dismantle Magazine. And after leading Dismantle for more than five years, they are delighted to pass their editor titles on to a new generation of creative collaborators.

Questions? Comments? You can get in touch at Dismantlemedia AT gmail DOT com.