James J. Gigantino II earned his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2010. He held a Samuel Smith Research Fellowship from the New Jersey Historical Commission from 2009–2010 and has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Arkansas beginning August 2010.
Courtney Ann Lyons has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (2004), a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary (2007), and is currently a doctoral student in Religion at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Her primary research concerns the religious aspects of the civil rights movement, including the roles of women ministers. She is an ordained Baptist minister and currently serves at Shiloh Baptist Church in Crawford, TX, with her husband, Victor.
Erika Schneider received her Ph.D. in art history from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her dissertation “Starving for Recognition: The Representation of Struggling Artists in America, 1800–1860” reflects her specialty in nineteenth-century art. Her essay, “Talisman for the Symbolist Movement: Puvis de Chavannes’ Hope ” appeared in the recently published book, “Subjective Objects: The Aesthetics of the Object in Symbolist Art and Writing.” She has worked in numerous museums including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is currently assistant professor of art history at Framingham State College in Massachusetts where she teaches courses on American, modern and contemporary art and museum studies. [End Page 381]