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Kathy Brown is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America (Yale University Press, 2009), and several articles about gender, race, and sexuality. She is currently writing a history of the transatlantic campaign to abolish slavery.

Bonnie Effros is Professor of History and Rothman Chair and Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2013–2014), where she is working on a project documenting the contributions of French army officers to Roman archaeology in nineteenth-century Algeria. She has written on the history of early medieval archaeology, early medieval mortuary and feasting custom in Gaul, and gender in both modern and early medieval contexts. Her books include: Uncovering the Germanic Past: Merovingian Archaeology in France, 1830–1914 (Oxford University Press, 2012), Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages (University of California Press, 2003), Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul (Palgrave, 2002), and Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World (Penn State University Press, 2002).

Nina Ergin (PhD, University of Minnesota, 2005) is an assistant professor in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. She is particularly interested in the “lesser” monuments in the canon of Ottoman Architectural History and has published on hammams and soup kitchens. Her most recent work focuses on the application of sensory anthropology to the study of the Ottoman built environment. Among her publications related to the latter are articles entitled “The Soundscape of Sixteenth-Century Istanbul Mosques: Architecture and Qur’an Recital,” in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2008), and “The Fragrance of the Divine: Ottoman Incense Burners and Their Context,” in The Art Bulletin (forthcoming, 2014).

Aisha Finch is currently an assistant professor of women’s studies and Afro-American studies at UCLA. Her areas of research and teaching include comparative slavery, political and intellectual movements in the black [End Page 222] Atlantic Diaspora, gender ideologies in the Caribbean, and black feminist thought. Her most recent article, “Scandalous Scarcities: Black Slave Women, Plantation Domesticity, and Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Cuba” has been published in the Journal of Historical Sociology (January, 2010). Her current book manuscript, Insurgency Interrupted: Cuban Slaves and the Resistance Movements of 1841–1844, explores the resistance movements and political cultures of enslaved rural Cubans during the mid-nineteenth century.

Maureen Fitzgerald is an associate professor of religious studies at The College of William and Mary. She authored an introduction to Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible (Northeastern University Press, 1993) and Habits of Compassion: Irish-Catholic Nuns and the Origins of the Welfare System, 1830–1920 (University of Illinois Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Best First Book Prize. She teaches courses on American religious history, with special emphasis on immigration, race, and religious radicalism. She also teaches courses on African American religion, immigration and religion, American religious history, and women and religion in America. She is currently researching and writing on the historical process of secularization in twentieth-century America with emphasis on the body, work, and the transformation of categories of soul and self.

Linda Gordon is a university professor of the humanities and history at New York University. She previously taught at the University of Wisconsin for 17 years. Her most recent book, a biography of photographer Dorothea Lange, won the Bancroft prize for best book in US history; so did her previous book, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction (Harvard University Press, 1999), making her one of three authors ever to win it twice. After discovering 800 Lange photographs of the Internment of Japanese-Americans, impounded by the Army because they were critical of the internment, she published them as Impounded: Dorothea Lange and Japanese Americans in World War II (W. W. Norton & Company Inc., 2008). She is also co-author of Feminism Unfinished (forthcoming...


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