Michael Cohen is Chancellor's Post-doctoral Fellow in the history department at the University of California at Berkeley. He is working on a book entitled The Conspiracy of Capital.
Larry J. Griffin is coeditor of Southern Cultures and the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Sociology and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is now studying southern whites' memories of the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras in the South and exploring whether they suggest personal or collective responsibility, shame, and guilt.
Edward John Harcourt writes about the social and cultural history of the Civil War Era and is author of "The Whipping of Richard Moore: Reading Emotion in Reconstruction America" (Journal of Social History 36 [Winter 2002]) and "Who Were the Pale Faces?: New Perspectives on the Tennessee Ku Klux" (Civil War History 51 [March 2005]).
Trudier Harris is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published widely and lectured across the country and the world in her specialty areas of African American literature and folklore. Her books include From Mammies to Militants: Domestics in Black American Literature, The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller's Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan, and a memoir, Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South.
Michael Parker is the prize-winning author of six books of fiction. His stories also have appeared in many magazines, including Five Points, Shenandoah, Carolina Quarterly, The Oxford American, and The Georgia Review, and have been widely anthologized. In 2004 he was awarded fiction fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a professor in the mfa writing program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he teaches courses in creative writing and literature.
John Sledge is an architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission and books editor for the Mobile Register. Sheila Hagler is a freelance photographer who lives in Grand Bay, Alabama. Before working together on An Ornament to the City: Old Mobile Ironwork, from which their Southern Cultures photo essay is drawn, Sledge and Hagler collaborated on Cities of Silence, an illustrated study of Mobile's historic cemeteries.