Charles Altieri Professor of English literature at Berkeley, he has recently published The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects (Cornell), and he plans to publish his next on the topic of this essay.
Renèe Bergland Associate Professor at Simmons College in Boston, she has written The National Uncanny: Indian Ghosts and American Subjects and is working on Sexuality and Star-Gazing: Maria Mitchellís Literary, Cultural, and Scientific Spheres.
Jonathan Elmer Associate Professor of English at Indiana University, he has published on Jefferson, Poe, Wright, and Lacan, and is completing a book titled On Lingering and Being Last: Race, Sovereignty, and Archive.
Susan Gillman Professor of World Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she has published, most recently, Blood Talk: American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult; she is co-editing, with Alys Weinbaum, a collection of essays, W. E. B. DuBois and the Gender of the Color Line.
Hsuan L. Hsu Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is working on a book on geographical scale and nineteenth-century US literature. He will begin teaching at Yale University in Fall 2005.
Amy Kaplan Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, she is the author of The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture. She was president of the American Studies Association in 2003.
J. Gerald Kennedy William A. Read Professor of English at Louisiana State University, he is the author of Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing, and editor of the Oxford Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe.
George Lipsitz Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he has published American Studies in a Moment of Danger and Time Passages.
Leo Marx Kenan Professor of American Cultural History (Emeritus) and senior lecturer in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at M.I.T., he is past president of the American Studies Association.
Paula M. L. Moya Associate Professor of English at Stanford University, she is author of Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles and co-editor of Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism.
Vivian R. Pollak Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, her books are Dickinson: The Anxiety of Gender and The Erotic Whitman, as well as several edited collections, most recently A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson. She is currently working on the response of American women poets to the Dickinson tradition as it emerges on the page and in the reviewing culture.