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jade aguilar is an associate professor of sociology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She studies gender, sexuality, and family. Her main area of interest is the study of intentional communities. Her current research is on the lesbian lands in southern Oregon and senior co-housing communities. She has recently published articles on intentional communities in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado–Boulder.

shelley boyd is a Canadian literature specialist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia. Her research on food in Canadian fiction and drama is part of a team project examining Canadian literary fare (see She is the author of Garden Plots: Canadian Women Writers and Their Literary Gardens (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013), and her forthcoming chapter on Margaret Atwood and the politics of dirt will appear in The Good Gardener? Nature, Humanity, and the Garden (Artifice Books on Architecture, 2015).

anne gessler is an American studies doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Her recent publications include “‘Purifying the Upper Atmosphere’: Women’s Work in Early Radio, 1905–1913” in American Studies in Scandinavia. Her dissertation examines the intersections of race, class, gender, and cooperative organizing in New Orleans. She is currently creating a digital oral history project on contemporary Austin and New Orleans cooperatives.

adrienne rose johnson is a doctoral candidate in modern thought and literature at Stanford University. She has published “Romancing the Dude Ranch, 1926–1947” in Western Historical Quarterly, op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle, and other work on literature and health. Her dissertation, “Diet and the Disease of Civilization 1977–2014,” is a cultural analysis of weight loss books and other medical advice literature.

jane levi recently completed her cultural history Ph.D., “Food in Utopia: Eating Our Way to Perfection,” at King’s College London. She teaches on [End Page 266] food, politics, and society in the Politics Department at Birkbeck, University of London, and is a trustee of both the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery and the Sophie Coe Prize in Food History. Her articles on a range of food-related topics, from space to funerary eating, have been published in such venues as Gastronomica, The Oxford Companion to Food, GQ, Endeavour, and MIT’s Alphabet City.

etta m. madden, a professor of English and on the Gender Studies faculty at Missouri State University, is co-editor of Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias and author of Bodies of Life: Shaker Literature and Literacies. She has published articles on pre-1900 American authors, literature and science, and religious communities. A 2009 Fulbright at the Università degli Studi di Catania launched her current interests in contemporary Italian ecovillages and nineteenth-century American women’s utopian visions of Italy.

timothy miller is a professor of religious studies at the University of Kansas. He teaches about American religions, specializing in new religious movements and intentional communities. His most recent book is The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (Couper Press, 2013).

tom moylan is the Glucksman Professor Emeritus in the School of Culture and Communication and an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Limerick. He is the founder of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, where he is also one of the editors of the Ralahine Utopian Studies book series. He has published Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination and Scraps of the Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia, and he is the co-editor of Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch, Utopia Method Vision: The Use Value of Social Dreaming, and other work on utopia, dystopia, and political agency. He has co-edited special issues of Utopian Studies on Ernst Bloch, Fredric Jameson, Irish utopias, and utopia and music.

anahita rouyan is a doctoral candidate participating in an interdisciplinary program of Science, Cognition and Technology at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her main academic interests are located at an intersection of history of science and science popularization, with a strong focus on Anglo-Saxon literature, reflected in her interdisciplinary project, which ties...


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