Ulrich Adelt received his MA in American studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and his PhD in American studies from the University of Iowa. He is visiting assistant professor for African American studies and American studies at the University of Wyoming. He has published articles on the globalization and localization of German music television, on the 1970s recordings of rock singer Neil Young, and on the changing conceptualization of “blackness” in the music of Eric Clapton. He is working on a book about the racial politics of the blues, titled Black, White, and Blue: Blues Music in the Sixties, under contract with Wesleyan University Press.
Ruth M. Alexander is professor of history at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is the author of The “Girl Problem”: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900–1930 (1995) and coeditor with Mary Beth Norton of Major Problems in American Women’s History: Documents and Essays (1996, 2003, 2007). She is examining the history, culture, and technology of rock climbing and mountaineering on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park and the impact of these forms of backcountry adventure on the peak’s archaeological and natural resources. Findings from her research will be used to produce a report for the National Park Service as well as an article tentatively titled, “People and Nature on the Mountaintop: A Cultural, Social, and Environmental History of Longs Peak.”
Ana María Alonso is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include sociocultural anthropology, historical anthropology, culture and power, gender, ethnicity and class, the State, Latin America, and Mexico. She is the author of Thread of Blood: Colonialism, Revolution, and Gender on Mexico’s Northern Frontier (2005).
Robert Buerglener received his PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches history at DePaul University. His research focuses on U.S. cultural and [End Page 1153] social history, particularly the importance of technology, material culture, and the built environment. He is working on a manuscript titled Oats to Gasoline: Creating U.S. Car Culture, 1898 to 1920.
Victoria Cain studies the visual culture and history of the late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, with a special focus on the history of science and popular knowledge. She is completing two book manuscripts: Worth a Thousand Words: Science, Visual Culture, and the Revolution in Mass Education, 1870–1940 explores the history of visual education in the United States; Life on Display is a history of natural history and science museums in the twentieth-century United States that she is coauthoring with historian of science Karen Rader.
Mary Chapman is an associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia. An earlier version of her essay in this issue won the Yasuo Sakaki-bara Prize for Best Paper by an International Scholar Delivered at the 2006 American Studies Association conference. She is the coeditor of Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture (1999). She is completing a book manuscript titled Making Noise, Making News: American Suffrage Print Culture in Modernism and coediting with Angela Mills an anthology of American suffrage literature, while also editing an edition of the uncollected writings of Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far.
Cheryl Higashida is an assistant professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, Studies in the Literary Imagination, and Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans. Her current book project is Beyond the Color Curtain: African American Women Writers and the Anti-Imperialist Black Left, 1955–2002.
Peter J. Kastor is an associate professor of history and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of The Nation’s Crucible: The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America (2004). His article in this issue draws on material for his current book project, tentatively [End Page 1154] titled William Clark’s World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns, under contract with Yale University Press.
Roshanak Kheshti is assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is working on a manuscript on racialized gender in sound tentatively...