Lateral (ISSN 2469–4053) is the peer-reviewed, open access digital journal and production site of the Cultural Studies Association. Lateral is designed to foster experimentation and collaboration among cultural studies practitioners and researchers. It is committed to critical studies of culture that advance and extend the reach of cultural studies as a field and method of inquiry and as an intellectual/political project.

The journal is currently published on a semiannual basis, fall and spring. Please review our submission guidelines for information about submitting to the journal and review policies. This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge


Stefanie A. JonesBrooklyn College, City University of New York; New York University (Stefanie.Jones@brooklyn.cuny.edu)
Eero LaineUniversity at Buffalo, State University of New York (eero.email@gmail.com)
Chris Alen SulaPratt Institute (csula@pratt.edu)

The editors can be contacted at lateraljournal@gmail.com.

Book Review Editor

Robert CarleyTexas A&M University (carley@tamu.edu)

Editorial Board

Members of the Lateral Editorial Board serve as ambassadors of the journal to the wider field of cultural studies. Board members are established members of the academic community with a clear research interest and international profile in cultural studies. New members are appointed by the Lateral editor(s) in consultation with the Cultural Studies Association Governing Board.

Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Harris Berger, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ashley Dawson, The Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, CUNY
Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Rob Gehl, University of Utah
Silvija Jestrovic, University of Warwick
Roger Lancaster, George Mason University
Minh-Ha Pham, Cornell University; Pratt Institute
Mark Rifkin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Editorial Board members are responsible for:

  • Providing counsel and guidance on the future of the journal
  • Identifying new topics and contributors for the journal
  • Encouraging submissions, and encouraging proposals for special issues
  • Providing content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles
  • Reviewing articles on occasion, helping to identify peer reviewers, and providing opinions on papers (e.g. where there is a conflict between reviewers)
  • Endorsing the journal to authors, readers, and subscribers and encouraging colleagues to submit their most significant work


Lateral is indexed by Crossref, Google Scholar, MLA International Bibliography and listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals. Articles are prefixed with DOI https://doi.org/10.25158/L

Open Access Policy

In compliance with BOAI, we allow “any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose” without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. All content published in Lateral is distributed under a Creative Commons license specified on the article page and in article metadata; authors retain copyright without restrictions.

The journal currently uses a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. Under the terms of this license, you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

Some earlier issues of the journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License, which does not allow work to be used for commercial purposes and requires that adaptations be distributed under the same conditions.


All content published in Lateral is uploaded to the Internet Archive for long-term, open access preservation in multiple formats. Please visit https://archive.org/details/@lateral. These uploads are in addition to routine crawling of the journal webpages conducted by the Wayback Machine. The Internet Archive is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, whose members include national libraries around the world, and is an official library of the State of California.


Lateral is published by the Cultural Studies Association, which can be contacted at:

Cultural Studies Association (CSA)
ATTN: Michelle Fehsenfeld, Administrative Manager
1658 Milwaukee Ave # 100-7388
Chicago, Illinois 60647

General Inquiries: contact@culturalstudiesassociation.org
Administrative Office: Michelle Fehsenfeld, admin@culturalstudiesassociation.org
President and Executive Director: Paul Smith, president@culturalstudiesassociation.org