Harry M. Benshoff is a professor of radio, television, and film at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (Manchester University Press, 1997) and Dark Shadows (Wayne State University Press, 2011), and editor of A Companion to the Horror Film (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming). With Sean Griffin he coauthored America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies (2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). His other publications include essays on blaxploitation horror films, Hollywood LSD films, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Brokeback Mountain, and Twilight.
Karen Bowdre is currently an adjunct professor at Arcadia University. She has published on romantic comedies in the anthology Falling in Love Again: The Contemporary Romantic Comedy and on the subject of passing films in an essay in Black Camera: An International Film Journal. Her book Shades of Love: African Americans and the Hollywood Romantic Comedy is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.
Kimberly Nichele Brown is chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been published previously in anthologies on topics in contemporary African American women’s literature and culture, black feminist theory, Africana film, and American and Africana literatures. She is also the author of Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva: Women’s Subjectivity and the Decolonizing Text (Indiana University Press, 2010).
Bambi Haggins is associate professor of film and media studies at Arizona State University. Haggins has published articles in scholarly and popular journals, including Emergences, Framework, Ms., and “Room for Debate” at the New York Times. Her book, Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America, won the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award in 2008. She is currently working on an autoethnographic study exploring the interplay of home, identity, media, and the American dream.
Catherine R. Squires is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD from Northwestern University in 1999. She is the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (State University of New York Press, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009). Her latest book, The Post-Racial Mystique (New York University Press Press, 2014), explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define, and deploy the term post-racial in their representations of American politics and society. [End Page 188]