Lori Askeland is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies Program at Wittenberg University. She is the editor of Children and Youth in Adoption, Orphanages, and Foster Care (2006), to which she also contributed chapters on the multi-ethnic roots of adoption policy in the U.S. and contemporary domestic adoption and foster care. Author of numerous articles and reviews focusing especially on American women writers, she's currently working on a project involving transracial adoption discourse in early African American literature that is informed by the narratives of contemporary transracial adoptees.
Dan Colson is a Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Graham Culbertson, a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and film. His dissertation, which he plans to defend in May 2012, examines realist and naturalist narratives of the American city in juxtaposition with the urban narratives found in the contemporaneously emerging disciplines of urban planning, sociology, and reform journalism.
Cara Elana Erdheim is a visiting assistant professor of English at Sacred Heart University. Her research and teaching interests include American naturalism, African American literature, ecocriticism, and food studies. She is at work on a project tentatively titled "The Greening of American Naturalism," which rethinks the traditional construction of American naturalism as a predominantly urban genre of fiction by using ecology to enrich our readings of Dreiser, London, Norris, Petry, Sinclair, and Wright.
David Thomas Holmberg is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington. He is currently completing his dissertation, which examines visuality in late-nineteenth century art and literature, focusing particularly on the presence and implications of voyeurism in American literary naturalism. [End Page 104]
Carol Loranger is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literatures at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, where she has taught American literature and literary theory since 1993. She is book review editor for Studies in American Naturalism and has focused her scholarship on such groundbreaking and controversial American writers as William S. Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon, Stephen Crane, and Theodore Dreiser. Loranger is a member of the governing committee for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and serves on its University Consortium and Lifetime Achievement subcommittees.
Joseph McAleer is the author of several books and articles, including Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain, 1914-1950 (1992), winner of the inaugural Longmans/History Today Book of the Year award, and Passion's Fortune: A History of Mills & Boon (1999). He holds a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University. An independent scholar living in Connecticut, he is working on a book about Jack London.
Donald Pizer, Pierce Butler Professor of English Emeritus, Tulane University, has published widely on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature.
Michael Shaw teaches literature at Sacred Heart and Fairfield Universities. He is currently working on a dissertation at Fordham University that examines the connections between clothing and masculinity in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century American literature [End Page 105]