Yu-Fang Cho received her Ph.D. in Literatures in English at the University of California at San Diego and is an assistant professor of English and Women's Studies at Miami University of Ohio, Oxford. She has published essays in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Arizona Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, and U.S. Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920 (Oxford History of Popular Print Culture Series, forthcoming). Her completed book manuscript, Reconceiving Labor: Race and Deviant Intimacies in Cultures of the U.S. Empire, 1890-1910, analyzes the interplay between the legal constitution of the white couple form and cultural representations that negotiate and contest the power of this norm in the context of U.S. trans-Pacific expansionism.
Michael Tavel Clarke is an assistant professor of English at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. His recent book These Days of Large Things: The Culture of Size in America, 1865-1930 (University of Michigan Press, 2007) addresses the American obsession with bigness at the turn of the twentieth century and its relation to changing conceptions of the body. He is currently working on a book on the cultural history of an American icon, the little guy.
Philip J. Deloria (Ph.D. Yale 1994) is a professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and the current president of the American Studies Association. He is the author of Playing Indian (Yale University Press, 1998) and Indians in Unexpected Places (University Press of Kansas, 2004). With Neal Salisbury, he co-edited the Blackwell Companion to American Indian History (2002). Deloria is the author of numerous articles and essays, was a co-author of The Native Americans (Turner, 1993), and is presently at work on three other book-length projects. He serves on the council of the Organization of American Historians and the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian. [End Page 217]
Jeremy Engels is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University. His research combines an interest in democratic theory with methods of rhetorical criticism in order to explore the rhetorical foundations of democratic culture in the United States. His first book manuscript, The Second American Revolution: Naming the Enemy in the Early Republic, explores how talk of "the enemy" functioned to coordinate political action and discipline revolutionary democracy in the first years of the United States, and is currently under review for publication.
Roderick A. Ferguson is an associate professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.He is the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique.
Greg Goodale is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. His research extends from his previous career as a Congressional Aide, Lawyer and Lobbyist for people with disabilities. Thus he studies intersections between citizenship and rhetoric ranging from the development of republican myths, to contests over who can speak in democratic institutions, to the use of sound in the formation of American identities. His current book project examines how sounds and noises ranging from the earliest recordings of American presidents, to the tick tock of clocks and the clickity clack of locomotives, to racial and ethnic accents, to political television advertisements can be critically read for their persuasive force.
Judith Halberstam is a professor of English and Gender Studies at USC. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam has published three books: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), and In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (NYU, 2005). Halberstam was also the co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of a photo/essay book, The Drag King Book (1999), and with Ira Livingston of an anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). Halberstam is currently finishing a book on the politics of knowledge and starting another one on "Bats." [End Page 218]
Matthew S. Hedstrom is assistant professor of history and American studies at Roger Williams University. He was a postdoctoral...