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Simone A. James Alexander ( is a professor of English and immediate past chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of African Diasporic Women’s Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival, and Citizenship (University Press of Florida, 2014) and Mother Imagery in the Novels of Afro-Caribbean Women (University of Missouri Press, 2001), as well as coeditor of Feminist and Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering (Africa World Press, 2013). Her current manuscript is titled Black Freedom in Communist Russia: Great Expectations, Utopian Visions.

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela ( is an assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently completing a manuscript titled Undocumented: Piracy and Personhood in Hemispheric American Literature, which examines illegal market transactions in late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century transnational American literature.

Sarita Cannon ( is an associate professor of English at San Francisco State University. She writes frequently about multiculturalism, autobiography, popular culture, and intersections between African American and American Indian communities. Professor Cannon’s work has appeared in Pembroke Magazine, Callaloo, The Black Scholar, and Interdisciplinary Humanities, and her article “Shattering the Binary: Teaching Critical Thinking through John Okada’s No-No Boy” was recently published in Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies.

Martha J. Cutter ( is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Connecticut and the editor-in-chief of MELUS. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women’s Writing, 1850–1930 (University Press of Mississippi, 1999), won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association for the best book of literary criticism published between 1999 and 2001. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation, was published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, African American Review, MELUS, Callaloo, Women’s Studies, Legacy, Criticism, Arizona Quarterly, and in several essay collections. [End Page 210]

Tara Fickle ( is an assistant professor of English and Asian American literature at the University of Oregon. She has published on contemporary American fiction, Asian American cultural politics, and game theory in journals including Modern Fiction Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. She recently completed her dissertation “Serious Play: Race, Game, Asian American Literature.” More information can be found on her website:

Steven Fink ( is an associate professor of English and executive associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. He is the author of Prophet in the Marketplace: Thoreau’s Development as a Professional Writer (Princeton University Press, 1992), coeditor of Reciprocal Influences: Literary Production, Distribution, and Consumption in America (Ohio State University Press, 1999), and a past editor of the journal American Periodicals, as well as the author of essays on American and Jewish American literature.

Rune Graulund ( is an associate professor in American literature and culture at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He has published articles on contemporary American fiction, the American desert, travel writing, and science fiction and has also coauthored and coedited a range of books, including Postcolonial Travel Writing: Critical Explorations (Palgrave, 2011), Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality, and Innovative Travel Writing (Liverpool University Press, 2012), and Grotesque (Routledge, 2013).

Jennifer Harford Vargas ( is an assistant professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. She is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled Forms of Dictatorship in the Latina/o Novel. She is also coediting a collection of critical essays on Junot Díaz with Monica Hanna and Josś David Saldívar.

Casey Hayman ( is a PhD candidate in the American studies track of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, currently at work on his dissertation titled “The Machines inside the Machine: Techno-Performativity and Meta-Blackness in Twentieth/Twenty-First Century African American Culture.” His research interests include contemporary African American literature and popular culture, intersections of black music and literature, and hip-hop studies. His essays have appeared in...


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