Nina Baym Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of English Emerita at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She won the MLA's Jay Hubbell Lifetime Achievement Medal in American Literary Studies in 2000 and is General Editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature.
Caleb Crain Author of American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation. He is at work on a book about the nineteenth-century theatrical couple Edwin and Catharine Forrest.
Gregg Crane Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the University of Michigan. He is currently finishing a study of the nineteenth-century American novel.
Daylanne K. English Associate Professor of African American Literature at Macalester College. She is the author of Unnatural Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance and is currently at work on a book called "Political Fictions: Black Citizenship and African American Novels."
Gene Andrew Jarrett Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland at College Park. He is the author of Deans and Truants: Race and Realism in African American Literature and the editor of African American Literature beyond Race.
Steven Mailloux Chancellor's Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Critical Theory Emphasis at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Reception Histories: Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and American Cultural Politics and Disciplinary Identities: Rhetorical Paths of English, Speech, and Composition.
Ramón Soto-Crespo Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He is the author of The Mainland Passage: "Migration, Cultural Anomaly, and Puerto Rican Writing" (forthcoming).
Helen Taylor Professor of English at the University of Exeter and a specialist in southern literature and culture. She is the author of Gender, Race, and Region; Scarlett's Women; and Circling Dixie, and coeditor of Dixie Debates.
Steven Weisenburger Mossiker Chair in Humanities and Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. He is working on a cultural history of US white supremacy. His most recent books are Modern Media and Fables of Subversion. A revised and expanded edition of his first book, A Gravity's Rainbow Companion, is forthcoming.
Henry B. Wonham Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Oregon. He is the author of several books on American literature, including Charles W. Chesnutt: A Study of the Short Fiction and, more recently, Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism.