About

Founded in 2011, The Airspace is an independent online publication staffed with relentless editors, thoughtful contributors, and vagabond managers from colleges and universities across the United States. The Airspace represents scholarship for the sake of culture and intends to uphold that promise in all content we produce.

Our mission is to bring our readers the most comprehensive narratives around emerging trends and ideas in culture. The articles on The Airspace incorporate rich media like video, audio, photography, to bring the stories to life.

The Airspace is vetted, highly edited, and entirely transparent. Culture is the medium through which we see ourselves and the people and things we interact with. But, culture itself is ever-morphing, reiterating and evolving. We approach everything we write, record, and produce as an ongoing conversation between our readers and our writers. Every content page is outfitted with advanced real-time commenting systems to encourage all our visitors to join the dialogue.

Care to learn more? Read Welcome to The Airspace.


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Blake J. Graham

Blake J. Graham — Editor-in-Chief, Founder

Blake J. Graham is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. When he isn’t inhaling obscure literature, playing the fussy piano, writing about asinine technology, critiquing lascivious typefaces, deconstructing acerbic sentences, pressing indelible coffee, tweeting crooked thoughts, or cooking insipid meals, he is likely sleeping. Blake has been involved in the creation of over ten award-winning publications and is in the process of writing a book of essays titled, “The Rest Will Burn Up.”

Blake [at] TheAirspace [dot] net



Tony Russo

Tony Russo — Managing Editor, Co-Founder

Tony Russo is a second-year student studying English, Cinema Studies, and maybe some Law in central Massachusetts. He works part time as a projectionist and also as general manager of his college’s radio station. His interests include movies, indie music, and tech news. As you read this, he’s probably eating chocolate covered almonds while sipping Mountain Dew and silently judging you. He also catalogues his music listening on Last.Fm.

Tony [at] TheAirspace [dot] net



Eric Harsh

Eric Harsh — Senior Editor, Co-Founder

Eric Harsh is a second year Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati and an avid beard enthusiast. In Cincinnati he spends the majority of his time in studio drawing toasters until his eyes bleed. When not in studio working on projects, he enjoys playing guitar and violin, creating visual art, and staring wistfully out windows thinking of the past. You don’t want to see his twitter. It’s…dark.

Eric [at] TheAirspace [dot] net



Kristofer Ward

Kris Ward — Executive Director Airspace Records, Co-Founder

Kris Ward is a student at Berklee College of Music. Kris spends most of his time running Studio AKA Browntown, recording or mixing for his own band or other local musicians, and even sometimes recording podcast audio. Days later you’ll learn that there’s been a fire, but its okay, Kris put it out. Kris uses Twitter where you may follow him to see the consistently humorless things he thinks about. Kris is a man’s man for the working man’s men

Kris [at] TheAirspace [dot] net



Jon Catlin
 

Jon Catlin — Contributing Editor

Jon Catlin is a second-year at the University of Chicago studying great books and the humanities. His ongoing scholarly project consists of mapping the impact of historical catastrophes on philosophical, religious, and literary traditions, with particular attention to the Holocaust. In-between issues of The Atlantic and The New Republic, Jon spends his time exploring libraries, teaching young people philosophy, and biking across Chicago.



 

Melissa McSweeney — Contributing Editor

Melissa is a sophomore at Northwestern University studying cognitive science. She is particularly interested in developmental psychopathology, neuroanatomy, and the cognitive processes involved in morality. Melissa enjoys painting/building/designing theatrical scenery, assisting with psychological research, and singing classical music. When she’s not busy with one of the aforementioned activities, she’s probably doodling pictures of pyramidal neurons or fighting for social justice.
 


Michael Ferguson
 

Michael Ferguson — Staff Writer

Michael Ferguson studies architecture at the University of Cincinnati. As an amateur singer and ukulele-player, his life is filled with musical exploration and being “that guy.” His musical tastes are informed primarily by rainy Saturday afternoons and a keen ear for so-upbeat-you-wanna-vomit twee pop. In his free time he pretends to understand philosophy, sketches buildings, drinks overly bitter tea, and wishes he read more.


Contributors Directory

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