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Marnie S. Anderson is assistant professor of history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is the author of A Place in Public: Women’s Rights in Meiji Japan (Harvard East Asian Monographs Series, Harvard University Press, 2010).

Sharon Block is associate professor of history at University of California, Irvine. Her first book, Rape and Sexual Power in Early America, (University of North Carolina, 1996) focused on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race. In addition to digital humanities projects, she is working on a study of eighteenth-century physical appearance in colonial British America.

Roisin Cossar is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. She researches the social history of the medieval Christian church, focusing on the relationship between the secular world and ecclesiastical culture. She has published a monograph on lay confraternities, The Transformation of the Laity in Bergamo, 1265-c.1400. (E.J. Brill Academic Publishers, 2006) and articles on related subjects in essay collections and in Florilegium and The Journal of Medieval History. She is currently working on a project on medieval clerical culture, locating the clerical family within ecclesiastical archives across northern Italy in the fourteenth century.

Heidi J. Holder is visiting associate professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. With research interests centering on theater history and Victorian studies, she has published in such journals as Theatre History Studies, Essays in Theatre, and the Journal of Modern Literature. Co-editor of a special issue of Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies on new readings in Shaw in 2006, she is now completing an anthology for Broadview Press, Plays from the Working-Class Theaters of Victorian London. Her current research focuses on the drama of London’s working-class East End, and on the role and representation of women in the highly popular urban comedies and melodramas of the Victorian period.

Ellen E. Kittell is associate professor of history at the University of Idaho. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where she met and debated history with a particularly talented group of graduate students, a debate which still continues. Author of a number of studies on Flemish medieval bureaucracy, she turned her attention to medieval Flemish [End Page 201] women when she found a number of women listed in administrative positions of the count of Flanders. Among her publications on this subject are “Guardianship over Women in Medieval Flanders” (Journal of Social History, 1998), “’Whether man or woman’: Gender Inclusivity in the Town Ordinances of Medieval Douai” (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2000), and “Women, Audience and Public Acts in Medieval Flanders” (Journal of Women’s History, 1998). Kittell is currently researching widows and the relevance of the designation coopwijf (or feme sole) status for medieval Flanders.

Anne E. Lester is assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she teaches European history, specializing in social and religious history of the high Middle Ages. She received her doctorate from Princeton University in 2003. She is the author of Making Cistercian Nuns: Gender, Society and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne, (forthcoming, Cornell University Press). She also co-edited Cities, Texts and Social Networks, 4001500: Experiences and Perceptions of Medieval Urban Space (Ashgate, 2010). Lester is currently working on a history of relics and devotion in France in the decades following the Latin Conquest of Constantinople in 1204.

Barbara D. Metcalf is Emerita Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. From 2003 to 2009, Professor Metcalf was Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Her recent publications include Husain Ahmad Madani: The Jihad for Islam and India’s Freedom (Oneworld, 2009) and, as editor, South Asian Islam in Practice (Princeton University Press, 2009). She currently serves as President of the American Historical Association.

David Newman is a research scientist in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. His research combines theoretical advances in data mining and machine learning to improve the way people find, discover, and analyze information.

Wendy M. K. Shaw is professor in the Department of Art History and Program for World Arts at the Center for...


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