Christopher Castiglia … is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture-Crossing, and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst (1996); Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum United States (2008); and (with Christopher Reed), If Memory Serves: Memory, Ideality, and Sexual Subculture. He is also the editor of Walt Whitman's Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate (2007).
Elizabeth Fenton … is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Vermont and author of the forthcoming book Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture.
Christopher Looby … is author of Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States (1996) and editor of The Complete Civil War Diary and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1999). Recently he wrote an introduction for Robert Montgomery Bird's 1836 novel Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself (2008), and he is coediting (with Cindy Weinstein) a collection of essays titled "American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions" (2010). Professor Looby teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles. [End Page 335]
Heather Love … is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (2007). She is the coeditor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?") and has published essays on queer, feminist, and transgender studies; film; affect; and the literature and culture of modernity. Her current project is a book about the source materials for Erving Goffman's 1963 sociological classic Stigma: On the Management of Spoiled Identity ("The Stigma Archive").
Dana Luciano … is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University. Her book Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America (2007) won the 2008 MLA First Book Prize. She is now working on a book titled "Unfamiliar: Spectral Sexualities and the Textures of Time," from which the essay in this issue is drawn, as well as a coedited collection of new scholarship in American literary studies on the long nineteenth century titled "Unauthorized States."
Valerie Rohy … is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature (2000) and Anachronism and Its Others: Sexuality, Race, Temporality (2009).
Jordan Alexander Stein … teaches English at the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a 2009–10 NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia. In collaboration with Justine S. Murison, he has coedited a special issue of Early American Literature titled "Methods for the Study of Religion," to appear in spring 2010. [End Page 336]