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ANDREA HOLLIGER is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Kentucky, and Webmaster of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society. She is completing her dissertation, America’s Culture of Servitude: The Problem of Domestic Service in Antebellum Literature and Culture, which explores antebellum labor, class, and the body through the tropes of servitude.

DOUGLAS A. JONES, JR. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is the author of The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014). He is currently at work on a new book-length study of Frederick Douglass and American political theory, specifically Emersonian democratic individuality.

ERICA STEVENS is a doctoral candidate at The Pennsylvania State University, where she studies nineteenth-century American literature and is currently teaching a course on the American Novel to 1900. Her dissertation explores a long literary tradition in New Orleans, from early travel narratives to local color, and focuses on this literature’s relation to a history of social gatherings and celebrations. [End Page 213]

DIRECTOR: MARLOWE DALY-GALEANO is assistant professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College where she teaches American literature, writing and humanities. She did her first work with The Year in Conferences when she was a graduate student covering ALA; since then she has enjoyed working with nearly forty graduate students on YiC teams. This is her second year as YiC Director.


SCHUYLER CHAPMAN is a visiting postdoctoral lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2014. His primary interests include Cooper, Melville, oceanic studies, and citizenship studies. His dissertation considers the representation of the sailor as citizen in antebellum US politics and literary culture.

WILL FENTON is a Teaching Fellow and English doctoral candidate at Fordham University where he specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and the Digital Humanities. His dissertation examines the discrepancy between fictional representations of fighting Quakers and their historical practices of pacifism and political participation. A HASTAC scholar and recipient of Fordham’s Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Grant, he regularly writes about his integration of technology in his research and pedagogy.

SEAN GERRITY is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His primary interests are in late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century American literature as it intersects with questions of race, slavery, freedom, revolution, and resistance in the broader Atlantic [End Page 214] world. He is currently working toward a dissertation that will focus on representations of maroon slaves and maroon communities in antebellum US fiction.

LAURA J. SCHROCK is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mississippi and expecting her degree in May 2015. Her primary research interests include nineteenth-century American literature and culture, religion and secularity studies, and the novel. Laura’s dissertation explores the intersection of competing religious narratives of continuity and discontinuity in the mid-century American novel as a site for antebellum reconstruction of individual and national innocence. She has an article forthcoming in The Mississippi Quarterly on Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples.

SENIOR ADVISOR: JORDAN L. VON CANNON is a Ph.D. candidate in English with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. She received her MA in English from the University of Kansas in 2011. Her dissertation explores the relationship between female development and urban space in nineteenth-century American novels. She is currently Graduate Student Assistant to the Vice President of Publications for the SSAWW Advisory Board. At LSU, she also works as a research assistant on a digital humanities project entitled “Poe’s Magazines: Glimpses of Antebellum Print Culture.”


JIM CASEY is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Delaware. His dissertation charts the development of editorship and editorial practice in nineteenth-century U.S. newspapers. [End Page 215]

DAVID LAWRIMORE is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida where he is completing his dissertation, “The Natural Aristocracy: Class, Intellectuals, and the American Novel, 1789-1819.” He has essays published or forthcoming in Early American Literature, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, and Reviews in Cultural Theory.



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