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houston a. baker, jr., was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently Distinguished University Professor and professor of English and African American and diaspora studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of articles, books, and essays devoted to African American literary criticism and theory. His book Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era received an American Book Award for 2009. His most recent publication is The Trouble with Post-Blackness (Columbia UP, November 2015) which he coedited with K. Merinda Simmons (U of Alabama).

katherine clay bassard is professor and chair of the English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of two books, Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing (Princeton UP, 1999) and Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible (U of Georgia P, 2010) as well as numerous articles on African American literature and black women writers. Her work is located at the intersection of race and gender studies, religious studies, and early African American literature and culture. Her recent archival and critical work has been on the contemporary neoslave narrative and the writings of nineteenth-century African American preacher Peter Randolph. A collection of his writings that she edited is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press’s Regenerations series.

juliane braun is assistant professor of American literature and culture at Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany. She is currently completing her first book manuscript, tentatively titled “Creole Drama: Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans,” which explores the transnational, political, and social reach of French Louisianian theatrical culture.

amy breimaier is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include the history of the Atlantic world, book history, the history of childhood and youth, and material culture studies. Her dissertation examines the relationship between New England families and the intellectual, cultural, and economic marketplace of the eighteenth-century English Atlantic world through the creation, distribution, and reception of children’s literature.

michelle burnham is professor of English at Santa Clara University, where she teaches early American literature, Native American literature, and popular culture. She is the author of Folded Selves: Colonial New England Writing in the World [End Page 969] System (UP of New England, 2007) and Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682–1861 (1997), and is coeditor of a revised edition of The Female American (Broadview, 2014). She is currently completing a book on transoceanic American studies, titled “The Calculus of Risk: Writing in the Revolutionary Atlantic-Pacific.”

elisabeth ceppi is associate professor and former chair of English at Portland State University. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, Legacy, and LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. She is finishing a book titled “Invisible Labor,” a literary history of service and vocation in New England.

katy chiles teaches and writes about African American and Native American literature, early American literature and culture, and critical race theory at the University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in journals such as PMLA and American Literature and has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book Transformable Race and the Literatures of Early America was published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. She is currently working on a book about race, collaboration, and early American literature.

matthew crow is assistant professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. In addition to authoring several articles and papers, he is finishing a book project about Thomas Jefferson and ideas about law, text, and history in the American Revolution. He is broadly interested in the intersections of the history of legal, political, and historical thought from the early modern period to the present.

kristina garvin is a PhD candidate at Ohio State University and a dissertation fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. She is finishing her dissertation, which explores serial fiction after the American Revolution.

jenna gibbs is associate professor of history at Florida International University, where she teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and Atlantic cultural history. Her first book, Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theater and...


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