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(p. xi) About the Contributors

(p. xi) About the Contributors

Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman is Associate Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. Her areas of specialization include African American literature and culture and gender and sexuality studies. Her first book, Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics of Race, was published by Duke University Press in 2012.

Nicole N. Aljoe is a member of the Department of English at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching centers on 18th and 19th century Black Atlantic writing, with a particular focus on Caribbean texts. She is the author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies (Palgrave 2012) and co-editor of Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas (UVa, forthcoming). Her current project focuses on contemporary Caribbean multi-disciplinary engagements with the neo-slave genre.

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of about 50 books on a wide range of African American literature and culture, chiefly before World War I.

Daphne A. Brooks is Professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850–1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP) and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005). Brooks is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

Dickson D. Bruce, Jr., is Professor, Emeritus, of History at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution of a Literary Tradition, 1877–1915 (1989) and The Origins of African American Literature, 1680–1865 (2001)

Jeannine Marie DeLombard is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her most recent study, In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity (2012) serves as a prequel to her first book, Slavery on Trial: Law, Print, and Abolitionism (2007).

John Ernest, Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Delaware, is the author or editor of ten books, including Liberation Historiography: African (p. xii) American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861, Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History, and A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African American Communities before the Civil War.

DoVeanna S. Fulton is dean and professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. Her scholarship examines African American women’s oral and written discursive practices in fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of one book and two co-edited volumes: Speaking Power (2006), Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts (2009) and Sapphire’s Literary Breakthrough (2012).

The recipient of a 2012-2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Eric Gardner teaches at Saginaw Valley State University. His Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (2009) won the Research Society for American Periodicals/EBSCOhost Book Award and was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title.”

Teresa A. Goddu teaches at Vanderbilt University. A specialist in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, she is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (Columbia UP) and is currently completing a book project on antislavery print, material, and visual culture.

Justin A. Joyce is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. His work on the Western genre and self-defense has appeared in journals and edited collections. Managing editor for the forthcoming journal The James Baldwin Review, he is currently editing a collection of critical essays, Keywords for African American Studies.

Mitch Kachun is Professor of History at Western Michigan University. He is author of Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915 (Massachusetts, 2003) and co-editor of The Curse of Caste; or the Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel by Julia C. Collins (Oxford, 2006). His current research examines Crispus Attucks in American memory.

Dwight A. McBride is Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies and Associate Provost & Dean of The Graduate School at Northwestern University. He has published five books, including Impossible Witnesses: Truth, Abolitionism, and Slave Testimony and Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality.

Barbara McCaskill is Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia, and co-directs the Civil Rights Digital Library. She has co-edited Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877–1919 (2006) and Multicultural Literature and Literacies (1993). Her next study focuses on William and Ellen Craft in transatlantic abolition (2014).

Joycelyn K. Moody is Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches (p. xiii) 19th-century African American literature and culture, life writing, and print cultures. She is also founding Director of UTSA’s African American Literatures and Cultures Institute.

Sharon Ann Musher is Associate Professor of History and Director of American Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and the Jewish Journal of Sociology. Forthcoming publications include A New Deal for the Arts (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and a chapter in The New Deal and the Great Depression (Kent State University Press, 2014).

Elizabeth Regosin is Professor of History at St. Lawrence University. She is the author of Freedom’s Promise: Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation and Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files (with Donald R. Shaffer).

Marie Jenkins Schwartz is Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. Her research focuses on the history of slavery and its legacy, especially the experiences of women and children. Schwartz is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous other awards.

Winfried Siemerling is Professor of English at the University of Waterloo and an Associate of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard. His books include Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (co-ed., McGill-Queen’s UP 2010), The New North American Studies (Routledge 2005), and The Black Atlantic Reconsidered (McGill-Queen’s UP, forthcoming 2014).

Kimberly K. Smith is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Her research centers on intellectual history and philosophy, particularly the history of American environmental thought and environmental political theory.

Brenda E. Stevenson is Professor of History at UCLA. She is the author of Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South and The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the L.A. Riots.

Helen Thomas is Principal Lecturer in English and Writing at Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK. Her research interests include C18th literature and culture, slave narratives, postcolonial theory and texts, black British writing, and contemporary narratives of illness and disease.

Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Assistant Professor of English at Clemson University, has published Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1774–1903 and the scholarly edition of Jane Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer. She also co-edited the forthcoming The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought, a Reader.

(p. xiv) John Michael Vlach is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at The George Washington University. His numerous publications include By the Work of Their Hands: Studies in Afro-American Folklife, Plain Painters: Making Sense of American Folk Art, Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery, and The Planter’s Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings, and Barns. He has developed exhibitions for art museums, historical societies, and libraries from coast to coast, including the National Museum of American History and the Library of Congress.

Maurice O. Wallace is Associate Professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke. He is author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture (2002) and co-editor with Shawn Michelle Smith of Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (2012).

Kenneth W. Warren is Professor of English at the University of Chicago and author of What Was African American Literature? (2011). He coedited Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought (2009) with Adolph Reed, Jr. and Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (2013) with Tess Chakkalakal.

Marcus Wood is a painter, performance artist, film maker, and Professor of English at the University of Sussex. This many publications include Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and America (2000), Slavery, Empathy, and Pornography (2002), Black Milk: Imagining Slavery in the Visual Cultures of Brazil and America (2013), and, as editor, The Poetry of Slavery: An Anglo-American Anthology, 1764-1865.