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Karyn H. Anderson is a PhD candidate at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, specializing in American literature and postcolonial studies. Her dissertation examines strategies to reclaim territory and/or develop alternative homelands for material and spiritual recuperation in Native American, Mexican American, and African American literatures.

Maria Rice Bellamy ( is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York, where she teaches classes in African American, multi-ethnic American, and diasporic literatures, with a special emphasis on women writers. Her current book project, titled “Bridges to Memory: Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s Fiction,” explores representations of inherited traumatic memory and the power of narrative to transform our understanding of self and traumatic experience.

Tamara Bhalla ( is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her research interests include Asian American literary history, ethnic American reading communities, transnational feminist theory, and literary reception history. Her current book manuscript, “Reading for Recognition in South Asian American Literature and Community,” is an interdisciplinary investigation of how nonacademic and academic reading cultures respond in surprisingly similar, and yet unexamined, ways to the growing popularity of transnational South Asian and South Asian American literature.

Marci L. Carrasquillo ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Rowan University in New Jersey, where she teaches US Latina/o literature and all periods of American literature. A 2005 and 2010 Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient, she is currently at work on her first book, tentatively titled “Chueco Roads: Remapping the American Road Trip.” The manuscript traces the trajectory and transformations of the road trip plot in Latina/o literature since the liberation movements of the 1960s.

Emma Cleary ( is a PhD candidate in literary theory and philosophy at Staffordshire University, where she teaches English literature. Her research interests include diasporic literature, post-colonial concepts of space, cultural translation, music and the urban landscape, social surveillance and the Panopticon, African American history, and the Afrobeat in Merseybeat, the sound of the British invasion. [End Page 234]

Jaime Cleland ( is an independent scholar whose research focuses on Jewish and Asian American literature, autobiography, and the 1950s. Her work appears most recently in the collection Selves in Dialogue: A Transethnic Approach to American Life Writing (2011). She is continuing her research on Jade Snow Wong with the support of a Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship from the Library of Congress.

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 (University of Mississippi Press, 1999) won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association for the best book on literary criticism published between 1999 and 2001. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation, was published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, African American Literature, MELUS, Callaloo, Women’s Studies, Legacy, Criticism, Arizona Quarterly, and in several essay collections.

Meredith M. Gadsby ( is Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Oberlin College, and President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. She is the author of Sucking Salt: Caribbean Women Writers, Migration, and Survival (U of Missouri Press), and coeditor of Decolonising the Academy (Carole Boyce Davies, with Charles Peterson and Henrietta Williams, African New World Press). Her research interests include Caribbean literature, African diasporic literature, gender and feminist studies, and cross-cultural theories.

Beth Hernandez-Jason ( is a PhD candidate in World Cultures at the University of California, Merced. Her research and teaching interests include US Latino/a literature, sexuality, and reader response theory. She is completing her dissertation on the work of John Rechy, situating his work within multiple transnational literary traditions. Her reviews have appeared in Aztlán, Ventana Abierta, and Camino Real, and a chapter comparing the work of María Amparo Ruiz de Burton and Helen Hunt Jackson to Uncle...


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