Leah Sneider (PhD, University of New Mexico, 2010) teaches ethnic American literature at New Mexico Highlands University, ethnic American and First Peoples history online for Empire State College/SUNY, and writing courses for Central New Mexico Community College. Her research focuses on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and nation. The title of her dissertation is “De-colonizing Gender: Indigenous Feminism and Native American Literature,” and in it she explores literary performances of masculinity as enacting Indigenous feminism. She is currently revising her dissertation as a book manuscript to include Two Spirit/queer critiques.
Ethan A. Schmidt is currently an assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. Having earned his PhD from the University of Kansas in 2007, he specializes in the Atlantic world, with an emphasis on the interactions between indigenous people and European colonists. His first book manuscript, tentatively titled “‘For the Destruction of the Indians’: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Seventeenth-Century Virginia,” is currently under review, and he has also contracted with ABC-Clio/Praeger to write a second book, which will synthesize the Native American experience during the American Revolution. Additionally, he is in the process of coediting a collection of essays titled When Indians Play Indian for the University Press of Colorado. His work has also appeared in journals such as Itinerario, Atlantic Studies, and the Indigenous Nations Journal.
Julianne Newmark is an associate professor of English at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. She teaches courses in American and Native American literature, writing, and visual rhetoric as well as serving as the editor of the ejournal Xchanges. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Western American Literature, and Latin American Literary Review. She is currently completing [End Page 397] a revision of a book manuscript concerning pluralist counternativism in early twentieth-century American literature.
Carla Gerona teaches history at Georgia Tech and specializes in early American, Atlantic, and borderlands history. Her first book, Night Journeys: The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2004), traced the ways in which an innovative group that included leading missionaries, pacifists, abolitionists, and early feminists interpreted their dreams to shape their world. Gerona is currently working on “More than Six Flags: Histories of an East Texas Place from the Caddos to the Texians,” which is a study of the multiethnic borderland around Nacogdoches before Texas’s annexation to the United States. She draws on interdisciplinary methods as well as Spanish, French, English, and Native American source materials to explore the ways in which the different people interacted and competed with each other on this east Texas crossroads. Gerona has received numerous research awards for her work, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship and a Newberry Library Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. [End Page 398]