Barbara Foley, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, has published widely in the fields of Marxist theory, literary radicalism, and African American literature. Her two most recent books are Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Duke UP, 2010), and Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution (forthcoming, U of Illinois P, 2014). She is President of the Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association and a member of the manuscript committee at Science & Society.
Benjamin N. Lawrance is the Hon. Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Chair of International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His work focuses on international mobilities, including migration, smuggling, trafficking, slavery, and refugee movements, and his current research investigates how the lived experiences of refugees as they navigate the asylum processes of industrialized countries and struggle to document and substantiate their traumatic narratives influence, inform, or imperil the legitimacy of their refugee claims. He has served as an expert witness for over two hundred and fifty asylum claims of West Africans in the US and internationally. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including most recently Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling (forthcoming, Yale UP), Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status: The Role of Witness, Expertise, and Testimony (with Galya Ruffer, forthcoming, Cambridge UP), Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: Law and the Experiences of Women and Children in Africa (with Richard L. Roberts, Ohio UP, 2012), and Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History (with Carolyn de la Peña, Routledge, 2012).
Matthew McCormack is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Northampton. He works on eighteenth-century Britain, focusing on the histories of masculinity, politics and war.
Ji-Hyae Park is a full-time Lecturer at Roosevelt University, where she teaches courses in composition and literature. Although her PhD is in nineteenth-century British literature, her current project is on contemporary autobiographical comics with “non-narrative” formats.
Willemijn Ruberg is an Assistant Professor in Cultural History at Utrecht University. Her research interests include the history of autobiographical writing, emotions, gender, and the body in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. [End Page 910]
Phyllis Wachter, compiler of Biography’s annual bibliography for over twenty years, continues to teach and conduct life writing research.
Aiko Yamashiro is a poet, PhD student in English at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, and instructor of de/anticolonial literature of Hawai‘i. She is coeditor of The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions (with Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, U of Hawai‘i P, 2014). [End Page 911]