Nahum D. Chandler is a scholar of the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, Jacques Derrida and Cecil Taylor. He lives and works in Tokyo, Japan, where he is a founding full professor in the new School of Global Studies at Tama University. For the Autumn semester of 2006 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Institute for African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.
Karen E. Fields is the author of Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (Free Press, 1983); Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa (Princeton, 1985); “The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, 1986–1992: A Chronicle and Documentary History” (IRSD Working Papers Series, 2001); a new translation of Emile Durkheim’s masterpiece, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (Free Press, 1995); and many other articles. She has taught at Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Rochester. Currently a Scholar in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she is at work on a documentary, Bordeaux’s Africa. [End Page 291]
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher is assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work on W. E. B. Du Bois has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and in the 2004 collection Race and Ethnicity: Across Time, Space, and Discipline. She has as well written the introduction and notes to a new edition of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, which was published by Barnes and Noble Publishing in 2005, has published essays on Ralph Ellison for the literary review Belles Lettres, and is a contributor to the new Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (December 2005). Her current book project is entitled Words without Masters: The Poetics of Metaphor in African American Literature.
Joseph Fracchia, a specialist in European intellectual history, teaches in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. He has published a book in German, Die Marxsche Aufhebung der Philosophie und der Philosophische Marxismus (Peter Lang, 1987), and several articles and reviews in History and Theory.
Jeremy W. Pope is a doctoral student in Egyptology and Jacob K. Javits Fellow in Archaeology at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed an MA in African History. He has participated in archaeological excavations at the Mut Precinct of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, as well as at Gebel Barkal in Kareima, Sudan.
Hortense J. Spillers joined the faculty of English at Vanderbilt University for the fall semester of 2006–07 as the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair. Some of her most recent work has appeared in boundary 2, Critical Quarterly, Das Argument, and the Journal of the William Faulkner Society of Japan. She is currently completing a project entitled The Idea of Black Culture, to be published by Blackwell’s; her collection of essays Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture was published in 2003 by the University of Chicago Press. She lectures widely across the U.S. and abroad (most recently in China and Japan on the topic of this essay) and has completed teaching assignments as scholar in residence at [End Page 292] Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship and at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University in Berlin.
Nicole A. Waligora-Davis is assistant professor in the Department of English at Cornell University. An associate editor of Remembering Jim Crow (New Press, 2003), her essays on African American and immigration studies have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, and The Forum for Modern Studies. She is currently completing two manuscript projects: Sanctuary: Race, Asylum, and the American Empire and The Murder Book: Race, Forensics, and Criminal Law. [End Page 293]