Timothy Francisco, PH.D is a professor in the English department at Youngstown State University (YSU), where he is also director of The Center for Working-Class Studies. At YSU, he has worked on the university’s community engagement and diversity equity and inclusion committees. He has helped develop and execute several grant-funded, multi-stakeholder community engagement projects, and has consulted on several grant-funded initiatives. He is currently Chairman of the Board of The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, and serves on the advisory board of The Buckeye Flame, Ohio’s statewide non-profit LGBTQ+ media source. He has written scholarly and journalistic articles on journalism education, working-class issues, and Humanities education. A former, newspaper and magazine journalist, he hosts a weekly public affairs program on WYSUFM, a podcast on working-class politics, and has moderated and facilitated community conversations for a number of civic organizations on topics from refugee resettlement, to gun violence, to food insecurity.