David Evans is First Tennessee Professor of Music at the University of Memphis. He received his Ph.D. in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976. Since 1964 he has conducted research on blues and other topics in African American folk music and folklore and is the author of Tommy Johnson (1971), Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues (1982), "The Coon in the Box": A Global Folktale in African-American Tradition (with John Minton, 2001), and The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Blues (2005), as well as many articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and record annotations. His Big Road Blues received the Chicago Folklore Prize, and in 2003 he received a Grammy Award for "Best Album Notes" for Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton. Evans is editor of the American Made Music book series for the University Press of Mississippi and was editor of Rounder Records's Deep River of Song CD series, which presented the field recordings of Alan Lomax. Evans has produced over fifty LPs and CDs of his field and studio recordings. He has also performed blues and folk music in many concerts and festivals, recorded two CDs, and made over thirty concert and lecture tours in Europe and South America.
Chaise LaDousa is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Apart from the ethnographic work described in this issue of the Journal of American Folklore, he has conducted research in Banaras and Delhi, India. Exploring how Hindi and English are used in classroom interaction, this research provides new insights into issues of nation and self in postcolonial India. His articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Journal of Pragmatics, and Language in Society.
Dominique Raby is an invited researcher at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the Université de Montréal. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, State University of New York at Albany and a doctoral fellow at the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her fieldwork in Mexico examines the role of women in storytelling and compares male and female discourses on contemporary social issues. Her dissertation was recently published as L'épreuve fleurie. Symboliques du genre dans la littérature nahuatl du Mexique préhispanique, and she is the author of several articles on Nahua literature and gender. She is currently completing a series of articles on Nahua folktales, gender issues, and the specificities of female discourse from pre-Hispanic through contemporary literature.[End Page 502]
Jennifer Schacker is Associate Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Her research interests include the histories of British folklore studies, children's literature, and the fairy tale. She is author of National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England (University of Pennsylvania Press), which was awarded the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies. Her current research, "Cross-Dressed Tales: French Fairy Tales and the British Pantomime Tradition," explores sexual and sartorial subversion in fairytale pantomime and is supported by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.