Christopher Kent is a professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently completing a book on gentlemen's—and ladies'—clubs in London's West End, 1815–1914. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online has just published three entries by him on the Century and Cosmopolitan clubs and the Metaphysical Society.
Sally Mitchell is Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University and a former president of RSVP. Her most recent book is Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer (2004).
Christopher Pittard recently completed his PhD on Victorian detective fiction at the University of Exeter, UK. He has published reviews and articles in Clues: A Journal of Detection, Peer English, and entries for The Companion to the British Short Story (Facts on File, 2006). He is alsocontributing a chapter on the Newgate novel and the rise of modern policing to the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (2008).
Juliette Berning Schaefer is Associate Professor of English in the Division of Literature and Language at Ohio Dominican University where she teaches British and American literature, composition, and humanities.
Mitzi Schrag recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Her dissertation title is "Rei(g)ning Mediums: Spiritualism [End Page 86] and Social Controls in 19th-Century American Literature." She teaches at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.
Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. Her books include British Women's Comic Fiction, 1890—1990 (2001), Gender and the London Theatre, 1880–1920 (2004), and the forthcoming Facing the Late Victorians (2007). She is co-author with Mark Samuels Lasner of England in the 1880s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (1989) and England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990), as well as the co-editor with Bonnie Oh of Legacies of the Comfort Women of World War II (2001) and co-editor with Cheryl Wilson of the forthcoming Michael Field and Their World (2007). In 2007, she has essays forthcoming in the journals Studies in the Humanities, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Literature and Film Quarterly, and Studies in American Humor, as well as a chapter on the late Victorian publishing industry in The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle.
Karen Kurt Teal received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Shecurrently teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a contributor to the VPR bibliography and member of the board of directors of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States.
Deborah Trousdale teaches Art History at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Before receiving her MA in Art History from University of Oregon in 2000, she was a stage manager and theater designer, a production potter, and an artist. Her article, "Richard Wagner, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Émile Bernard: Composition and Meaning in Late-Nineteenth-Century Art," was published in Analecta Husserliana LXIII (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000).
Laurel Williamson is Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. She has published poetry, articles on educational change, and book reviews. Conference presentations include papers at Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, and International Conference on the First Year Experience. She holds a doctorate degree in English from the University of South Florida and specializes in nineteenth-century American and British literature, modernist American literature, and Renaissance drama.