May Caroline Chan is Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Her most recent essay is "Canton 1857" in Victorian Review (Winter 2010). She is currently working on an essay about Isabella Bird and the Hawaiian lepers.
Jolein De Ridder was a researcher on the Victorian supplements project "Genesis and Function of the Supplement" at Ghent University. Her PhD, "Balancing Acts in Femininities," focused on nineteenth-century women's periodicals and their supplements, the Ladies' Treasury and the Treasury of Literature in particular. Her most recent publication is "What? How? Why?: Broadening the Mind with the Treasury of Literature (1868-1875), Supplement to the Ladies' Treasury (1857-1895)" (VPR Summer 2010). She also contributed to the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, edited by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (2009).
M. Melissa Elston is a PhD student at Texas A&M University in College Station, specializing in rhetoric and visual culture. Her previous publications have explored the historical relationship(s) between nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and European art movements, particularly Pre-Raphaelitism.
Clare Horrocks is Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture, and Communication at Liverpool John Moores University, UK Her doctoral research examined the role of Punch in proselytising public health reform between 1841 and 1858. Recipient of RSVP's Curran Prize (2009-10) and an Early Career Researcher Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (2010-11), she has been working on building a Special Collection at LJMU on Punch [End Page 408] and the Victorian Periodical Press, digitising records of the Punch Contributor's Ledgers from 1843-1901. Recent publications include a special edition of the Journal of Popular Narrative Media on "Research and Punch" (2009).
Joanne Nystrom Janssen is Assistant Professor of English at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Her research interests center on the way education and reading practices influenced memory and identity in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Her current position also has prompted deeper interest in world literature and representations of Asia in British literature.
Shale Preston is Honorary Associate in the English Department at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her primary research interest is Charles Dickens. She is currently working on a book-length study on the biological and adoptive mothers in Dickens's fiction.
Julia Reid is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research focuses on the relations between literature and science in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle (2006). Her current research is on representations of matriarchy in Victorian anthropology and literature.
Jessica Valdez is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently working on a project that examines the influences of the nineteenth-century media on the Victorian novel.
Marianne Van Remoortel is a postdoctoral research fellow (Research Foundation Flanders-FWO) at Ghent University, Belgium. She is the author of Lives of the Sonnet, 1787-1895: Genre, Gender and Criticism (2011). Her current project is on the periodical poetry of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. With Jolein De Ridder she has also written on the Ladies' Treasury and its supplement the Treasury of Literature (forthcoming in Women's History Review in 2012). [End Page 409]