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Julie Buckner Armstrong ( is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Her most recent publications include Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching (2011) and The Civil Rights Reader: American Literature from Jim Crow to Reconciliation (2009).

Lee Bebout ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University. He has published articles in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Latino Studies and is the author of Mythohistorical Interventions: The Chicano Movement and Its Legacies (2011). His current book project examines the historically complex and unique relationship that Chicanos have had to whiteness, as well as how white cultural workers have fashioned racial consciousness vis-à-vis representations of Mexicanos, Chicanos, and the border.

Lauren S. Cardon ( is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University, teaching composition and American literature. Cardon has published essays on ethnic American literature in journals including Southern Quarterly and The Saul Bellow Journal. She is currently completing her manuscript, Shiksas, Gringos, and White Delilahs: The "White Other" in American Intermarriage Narratives, 1945-2008.

Jaime Cleland ( is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Her research focuses on Jewish and Asian American literature, autobiography, and the 1950s. Her article, "Breaking the 'Chinese Habit': Jade Snow Wong in First Person," is forthcoming in MELUS.

Martha J. Cutter ( is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the editor-in-chief of MELUS. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930 (1999) won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association for the best book of literary criticism published between 1999 and 2001. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation, was published in 2005. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, African American Literature, MELUS, Callaloo, Women's Studies, Legacy, Criticism, Arizona Quarterly, and in several essay collections. [End Page 228]

Hind El-Hajj ( has completed her MA in English Literature at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). Her research interests include American political poetry and memory, racism, and trans-ethnic, struggle-based identity in postcolonial Arab American Literature. She was a 2011 co-recipient of the Abdul Hadi Debs Award for Academic Excellence at the American University of Beirut.

Zalfa Feghali ( is a Doctoral Candidate in American studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, researching queer citizenship and border identities.

Sirène Harb ( is an Associate Professor of English at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), where she teaches classes in contemporary American literature, ethnic studies, and comparative literature. Her research focuses on transgressive discourses of history, identity and memory in postcolonial, African American, and Arab American literatures. Her articles have appeared in MELUS, Studies in the Humanities, Journal of Modern Literature, Romance Languages Annual, On Evelyne Accad: Essays in Literature, Feminism, and Cultural Studies, and Discursive Geographies: Writing Space and Place in French (2005). Two of her articles are forthcoming in Contemporary Women's Writing and Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism.

Brooks E. Hefner ( is an Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University. His research interests include modernist American literature and film history. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled Modernistic: The American Language of Vernacular Modernism.

Stephanie Hsu ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Pace University. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American literature, queer theory, and transgender studies.

David Ikard ( is an Associate Professor at Florida State University specializing in twentieth-century African American literature, black feminist criticism, hip-hop culture, and black masculinity studies. In 2007, he published Breaking the Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism, and was also awarded a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is near completion on a coauthored book (with Martell Teasely), Nation of Cowards: What It Means to be Black in Barack Obama's Post-Racial America. Also near completion is a monograph, Hidden In Plain Sight: Making Black Resistance Legible in the Twenty-First Century. [End Page 229]

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