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monique allewaert is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her first book, reviewed in this issue, is Ariel’s Ecology: Plantations, Personhood, and Colonialism in the American Tropics (U of Minnesota P, 2013). She is currently at work on a second book about the rise and fall of personification in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She serves on the editorial boards of American Literature and Resilience and has coedited a special issue of American Literature focused on ecocriticism.

jennifer l. anderson is an associate professor of history at Stony Brook University (SUNY). She holds a PhD in Atlantic history from New York University and an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Her book Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard UP, 2012) explores how consumers’ growing demand for slave-harvested tropical hardwoods transformed eighteenth-century social and environmental relations. She received the Society of American Historians’ Nevins Prize in 2007 and shared an Emmy nomination (2009) for research for the documentary Traces of the Trade. She also curated Sylvester Manor: Land, Food, and Power on a New York Plantation, at New York University.

zara anishanslin is an assistant professor of history at the College of Staten Island–City University of New York, and cochair of the Seminar in Early American History and Culture at Columbia University. She received her PhD in the history of American civilization at the University of Delaware in 2009. From 2009 to 2010 she was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, Fashioning Empire, is forthcoming from Yale UP in 2015. In 2014–15, she will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, where she will be working on her second book project—a history of the American Revolution narrated through visual and material culture.

kelly l. bezio is an assistant professor of English at Texas A & M University–Corpus Christi. Her current book project, titled “Communicable Disease in the American Literary Imagination,” studies how early American authors used communicable disease to portray community formation. In addition to health humanities, her research interests include genre, narrative, and mythology; nationhood studies; the history of chemistry; and biopolitics.

teresa m. coronado, an associate professor of English at the University of [End Page 637] Wisconsin–Parkside, teaches early American literature and ecocriticism. She is completing a book project, “Frontier Legacies: Narrative Frameworks and the Construction of the Anthropocene,” which proposes that understanding how paradigms from the nineteenth century continue to resonate with the twenty-first century provides an important method of coming to deconstruct and disorient those constructs so as to create narrative frames that allow for positive changes in our cultural, and literal, climate.

jacob crane is a lecturer in writing and American literature in the English and Media Studies Department of Bentley University. His current book project focuses on literary responses to the early Republic’s conflicts with North Africa. He has recently held research fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library and the American Antiquarian Society, and he has published articles in the journals Postcolonial Text and Atlantic Studies.

lauren e. daVis is a visiting assistant professor of English at St. Lawrence University, where she teaches early American, ethnic American, and Irish literature. Her scholarly work explores the gendered articulations of national identity in American and Irish writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

patrick erben teaches early American literature and culture at the University of West Georgia, where he also directs the graduate program in English. He is currently completing an edition of the published and unpublished writings of early American polymath Francis Daniel Pastorius. He is the author of A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania (U of North Carolina P, 2012); for his next monograph project, he envisions a comprehensive study of the impact of German Pietism on major figures in American literature.

brigitte fielder is an assistant professor of comparative literature and folklore studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is currently working on two book projects, “Kinfullness: White Womanhood and Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century American Literatures...


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