Robert Fanuzzi . . . is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University and the author of Abolition's Public Sphere (2003). A contributor to the Keyword for American Studies collection, he has also published essays on transatlantic abolitionist politics and comparative American nationalities. He is now completing a book on French travel narratives and the Americanist tradition titled "Foreign Counterparts: French Colonial Racial Politics and Democracy in the United States."
Travis M. Foster . . . is Assistant Professor of English at the College of Wooster. He is currently working on a monograph about how literary culture—in particular, conventions of genre and reading—shaped the ways in which people experienced and made sense of friendship in the nineteenth-century United States. His essays have also appeared, or will appear, in American Literature, Edith Wharton Review, and Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature.
Melissa Ryan . . . Assistant Professor of English at Alfred University, is presently at work on a book project titled "(Un)natural Law: The 'Woman Question' and the 'Indian Problem' in Nineteenth-Century America." Her work has appeared in ATQ: American Transcendental Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and American Literature.