Lydia R. Cooper is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature at Monmouth College. She received her PhD in contemporary American literature from Baylor University. She has published articles on Cormac McCarthy in Papers on Language and Literature and the Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. Her research interests also include ethnic American literature with a specialization in Native American literature.
Jason Haslam is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and Vice President of the Canadian Association for American Studies. He is the author of Fitting Sentences: Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Prison Narratives (University of Toronto Press, 2005) and the co-editor of Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2005). He has also published an edition of Constance Lytton's suffragette autobiography, Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences (Broadview, 2008).
Pablo Ramirez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, where he teaches nineteenth-century American literature and US Latina/o Studies. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan's American Cultures program. He is currently working on a project titled, "Consent of the Conquered: Mexican-Anglo Romances and Contractual Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America."
Lucas Richert is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, and a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. His dissertation, "Pills, Politics, and Pitfalls: The FDA during the Reagan Years," explores how the regulation of pharmaceutical products was modified in the deregulatory climate of the 1970s and 1980s. More generally, he is interested in the intersection between elite and grassroots conservative politics and in new medical technologies that fundamentally reshape human behaviour and health. Lucas has published in the American Review of Canadian Studies, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and 49th Parallel.
Karen E. H. Skinazi studies immigrant and ethnic American literature and is currently working on a book that focuses on literary communities (in particular Asian, Jewish, and francophone) across the Canadian–American border. Her recent publications include "'As to Her Race, Its Secret Is Loudly Revealed': Winnifred Eaton's Revision of North American Identity" in the Summer 2007 issue of MELUS and "A Cosmopolitan New World: Douglas Coupland's Canadianation of AmLit" in AmeriQuests. She is an Instructor at the University of Alberta.
Anthony Stewart is Associate Professor of English Literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches twentieth-century African American literature and twentieth-century British literature. He published Orwell, Doubleness, and the Value of Decency, (Routledge, 2003) and "Vulgar Nationalism and Insulting Nicknames: George Orwell's Progressive Reflections on Race" (George Orwell into the Twenty-First Century, 2004). More recently, his article, "Lynching, Transformation, and the Idea of America in Ellison's 'A Party Down at the Square,'"has been accepted by the Canadian Review of American Studies, and "Cooperation in the Face of Defection: The Prisoner's Dilemma [End Page iv] in Invisible Man" was published in June 2007 in Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, a refereed electronic journal affiliated with the University of Western Sydney's School of Humanities and Languages. Anthony is currently at work on a book-length project to derive a literary theory of grotesque cosmopolitanism, which he will then deploy to examine the fiction of Percival Everett. [End Page v]