Thomas Jessen Adams is lecturer in history and American studies at the University of Sydney. He is finishing a book titled “The Servicing of America: Work, Value, and Inequality in the Modern U.S.” He is the editor (with Steve Striffler) of the collection Working in the Big Easy: Labor in New Orleans from Slavery to Post-Katrina (University of Louisiana Press, 2014). He lives in New Orleans and Sydney.
Linda Pierce Allen is associate professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her work appears in collections such as Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999), Pinay Power (Routledge, 2005), Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi (University of Mississippi, 2012), and the forthcoming Growing Up Asian American in Children’s Literature (University of Mississippi). Her coedited textbook, Global Crossroads: A World Literature Reader (Fountainhead, 2007), is now in its second edition.
Ernesto Chávez is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests center on the Latino/a past. His books ¡Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966–1978 (University of California Press, 2002) and The U.S. War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007) are used in college courses throughout the nation. He is working on a critical biography of the Mexican-born silent film star Ramón Novarro.
José I. Fusté teaches in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His current research interrogates the history of Afro- Latino/s from the Caribbean living in the United States and the antiracist/ anti-imperialist ideas and social movements they created. This project aims to contribute a deeper understanding of how black Latina/os have historically negotiated their discursive and structural marginalization in both sides of the US/Latin America divide. He is working on adapting sections of his [End Page 257] dissertation, “Possible Republics: Tracing the ‘Entanglements’ of Race and Nation in Afro-Latina/o Caribbean Thought and Activism, 1870–1930,” into a book manuscript.
Marah Gubar is associate professor of English and director of the Children’s Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her book Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature (Oxford University Press, 2009) won the Children’s Literature Association Book Award. She has also written several essays focused on nineteenth-century child performers and playgoers, including “The Drama of Precocity: Child Performers on the Victorian Stage” (2008) and “Who Watched The Children’s Pinafore? Age Transvestism on the Nineteenth-Century Stage” (2012).
Carolyn Hardin is a Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellow in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work examines the intersections of culture, value, and finance. She currently has essays forthcoming in Cultural Studies and Rethinking Marxism. Her dissertation, “Arbitrage: A Critique of the Political Economy of Finance,” examines the capture of financial value in derivatives markets in the run-up to the financial crisis.
Drew Lopenzina is professor of Early American and Native American literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. His book, Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period (State University of New York Press, 2012), offers a rethinking of indigenous engagements with literacy in America’s colonial milieu, detailing the manner in which Native communities drew from their own narrative and literary traditions as they forged interactions with Western literacy. He has published in the journals American Literature, American Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, and others. Currently he is working on a biography of the nineteenth-century Pequot activist and minister William Apess.
Koritha Mitchell is a literary historian and cultural critic. She specializes in African American literature, racial violence throughout US literature and culture, and black drama and performance. She examines how texts, both written [End Page 258] and performed, have helped terrorized families and communities survive and thrive. She is the author of Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011) and of articles and reviews in American Literature, Callaloo, Journal of American History, and the Feminist Wire. She is also associate professor of English...