Maria I. Velazquez is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland, College-Park. Her dissertation, Reclaiming Black Beledi, focuses on belly dance and its use as embodied political rhetoric post-9/11, and was a finalist in the National Women’s Studies Association First Book Prize competition. Her recent publications include “Reblog If You Feel Me: Love, Blackness, and Digital Wellness” in Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change, “The Occasional Ethnicities of Lavender Brown: Race as a Boundary Object in Harry Potter” in Critical Insights: Contemporary Speculative Fiction, and “’Come Fly With Us!’: Playing with Girlhood in the World of Pixie Hollow” in Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning. She received her MA in Gender/Cultural Studies from Simmons College.