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Christian Michael Ivey (he/they) is the digital communications specialist for OBI and Art Director for Hugo Award Winning magazine FIYAH Literary Magazine, a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. As a full-time member of the communications team, Christian helps the Institute promote its research and work through the digital sphere. Christian also manages the Institute's social media.

Prior to his role here, Christian was the social media manager for Black Youth Project and supervisor for Lost City Books, an independent bookstore in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC. He also was a community organizer of the BYP100 DC chapter and bar-backed on the side at Looking Glass Lounge where he hosted a weekly spin night. In his free time he writes and edits speculative fiction.