Rick Altman is professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The American Film Musical (1987) and the editor of Cinema/Sound (1980), Genre: The Musical (1981), Sound Theory/Sound Practice (1992), and The Sounds of Early Cinema (with Richard Abel, 2001). His book Film/Genre won the 1999 Society for Cinema Studies Katherine S. Kovacs award as best film book published in 1999 and has appeared in Spanish, Finnish, and Korean. His troupe, the Living Nickelodeon, re-creates early film and illustrated song slide exhibitions. With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, he is currently writing a book on silent film sound.
Kyle Barnett is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the study of popular music across media technologies, film and media studies, and contemporary cultural criticism. His dissertation is on the emergence of musical genres within the U.S. recording industry.
Holly Ann Custard is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in Radio-TV-Film. She is currently researching issues related to digital media and globalization.
Priya Jha is assistant professor of English at Murray State University. Her work focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in postcolonial nationalist production. She is currently working on a project that examines the creation of masculinities in postcolonial India.
Erich Pelletier is a master of arts candidate in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He works primarily in critical race theory, surveillance and privacy issues, and the emerging scholarship on video games.
Craig Sinclair is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches classes on film, cultural, and conspiracy studies that question the contemporary condition and interrogate the postpostmodern world.
Jeff Smith is an associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of The Sounds of Commerce: Marketing Popular Film Music (1998).
Robert Spadoni is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Chicago, where he is completing his dissertation on the influence of the coming of sound film on the early development of the horror genre in Hollywood cinema.
Debra White-Stanley is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Arizona, where she has taught courses on “Adaptations and Remakes,” “Writing about Film,” “Race and Aesthetics,” and “The Road in Film and Literature.” She earned her M.A. in media arts in the Department of Media Arts at the University of Arizona and an M.A. in English in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Currently, she is researching cinematic and literary representations of world war for her dissertation and can be reached through her web site at www.u.arizona.edu/~debraw. [End Page 1]