Stella Bolaki is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Kent, UK. She is the author of Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and has also published on American women's writing and disability studies. She is the Director of Kent's postgraduate program in Medical Humanities. In 2016, she curated (with Egidija Čiricaitė) Prescriptions, an exhibition of artists' books on wellbeing and medicine in Canterbury. She is interested in illness narratives across different art forms and media as well as in their potential to inform health education.
Heather Chacón is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Communication and Media at Greensboro College. Her scholarship explores connections between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medical theories, early environmental management policy, and literary production to better understand how Americans navigated often-fraught spaces of physical and cultural contact in a rapidly developing and expanding nation. She has published in Studies in American Fiction and is currently working on a book project entitled Health Movements: Medicine, Migration, and Money in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture.
Arthur W. Frank is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. He teaches at VID Specialized University in Oslo. His current work includes the "Hamlet in the Hospital" project, developing a support group for ill people based on readers' theater.
Michael Jarvis is a PhD candidate at the University of California at Riverside where he studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, and race and satire in contemporary popular media. His work has previously appeared in Orbit: A Journal of American Literature and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Heather Meek is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Languages of the World at the University of Montreal. Her research interests include medical treatises, women's writing, and the intersections of literature and medicine. She has published several essays on the subject of eighteenth-century hysteria and is currently working on a book about the medical wisdom of eighteenth-century women writers.
Nicholas E. Miller is a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at Hollins University where he teaches courses in multicultural American literature, comics studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies. He holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. [End Page 236]
Rosanna Nunan received her PhD in English in 2015 from the University of California, Irvine, where she concentrated on the late Victorian novel. Her dissertation, "Angels and Degenerates: Artistic Virtuosity and Degeneration Theory in Fin de Siècle Fiction," examines the social implications of evolutionary theory in the 1890s by analyzing representations of biological degeneration in fiction. She currently lives and teaches in upstate New York.
Andrew W. Perez currently attends Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He earned a BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish at Brigham Young University. He first fell in love with the Spanish language while serving a two-year church mission in Florida.
Deanna Gross Scherger is an Assistant Professor of English at Irvine Valley College. She has previously published an article on medicine and literature in the journal Genders.
Alexis Soloski recently held a postdoctoral fellowship in Literature Humanities at Columbia University, where she earned her doctorate in English and Comparative Literature. Her academic writing has appeared in Theater, Theatre Journal, and Modern Drama, among others, and a recent essay appears in the collection Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance (Routledge, 2016). A theater critic for the New York Times, Guardian, and the New Yorker, she formerly worked as the lead theater critic at the Village Voice.
Martina Zimmermann trained as a pharmaceutical scientist and specialized in neuropharmacology. She has fifteen years of research and teaching experience in pharmacology, and holds an honorary Associate Professor position (Habilitation; Privatdozentin) in Pharmacology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. With a second PhD in the field of Health Humanities, she aims at integrating Health Humanities aspects into the Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum. Her first book is The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing (Palgrave, 2017) and she is currently preparing her second book, based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at King's College...