Making Connections


Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity is a peer-reviewed literary and cultural studies journal which publishes research on and analyses of cultural production featuring the lived and imagined experiences of diverse communities. The journal publishes a range of academic essays (scholarly articles, book and film reviews, and pedagogical studies) and creative pieces (creative non-fiction, poetry and photography) that explore cultural diversity, social equity and social justice issues across all disciplines and diverse US cultural contexts.

Making Connections is particularly interested in original and cutting-edged contributions that bring interdisciplinary analyses to bear on the following issues:

  • Pedagogical approaches and classroom practices that support multicultural and/or social justice educational experience for students.
  • Historical and contemporary cultural diversity.
  • Theoretical explorations of cultural diversity, race, and ethnicity, especially as they intersect with other identity vectors like gender, class, sexuality, religion, dis/ability, etc.
  • Engaging the cultural production of diverse authors, scholars, and artists, especially through illuminating theoretical approaches.
  • Scholarship that furthers our understanding and appreciation of Frederick Douglass, his historical era and contexts, and his continuing legacy and relevance for contemporary times.

Making Connections is produced annually.

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Submissions & Review process

Submissions should be made via email attachment (.doc, .docx) to the journal Co-Editors, Dr. Ayanna Lyles and Dr. Dwayne Marshall. Submissions should be emailed to: with the subject line, “Making Connections Submission – Spring 2018.”

Manuscripts should be between 5000 and 8000 words and should conform to citation methods as described in the current MLA Handbook or APA guidelines.

All submissions receive an initial appraisal by the co-editor(s). If found suitable for further consideration, submissions are distributed to two independent referees for blind peer review. Manuscripts should have a cover page with name of author(s), but no identifying information on subsequent pages.

Authors are notified of the editorial decision within 2-3 months of the initial submission date.

There are no submission or publication fees assessed for Making Connections. Requests for additional information can be directed to Dr. Ayanna Lyles at and Dr. Dwayne Marshall at

history of the journal

Making Connections is published online through Pinnacle Publishing and is indexed and accessible through EBSCO.  In Spring 2017 the journal began to managed by Dr. Ayanna Lyles of California University of Pennsylvania (General Editor) and Dr. Dwayne Marshall of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (Co-Editor).

The journal was launched in 1997 as Making Connections: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Teachers of Cultural Diversity, under the leadership of Dr. Ekema Agbaw at Bloomsburg University. Former editors include Dr. Usree Bhattacharya of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Uraina Pack of Clarion University (2015-2017), Dr. Greg Goodman and Dr. Uraina Pack of Clarion University (2013-2015), Dr. Betina Entzminger of Bloomsburg University (2008-2013), Dr. Uraina Pack of Clarion University (2005-2008) and Dr. Veronica Watson of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2005-2008). It is supported by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.


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