Edward L. Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus of the University of Richmond. He is the author of The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction and In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of the Bancroft Prize.
Bruce E. Baker is the author of several books about the South, most recently The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (Oxford University Press, 2015). He earned his PhD in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in the Scottish Borders and teaches in England.
Godfrey Cheshire is a film critic, journalist, and filmmaker based in New York City. A native of North Carolina, he co-founded Raleigh’s Spectator Magazine and began writing film criticism professionally in 1978. After moving to New York in 1991, he served for a decade as chief film critic for New York Press; his writings have also appeared in the New York Times, Variety, Film Comment, the Village Voice, Interview, Cineaste, and other publications. He is a former chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, a member of the National Society of Film Critics, and the recipient of three Arts Criticism awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
Timothy S. Huebner is Sternberg Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Rhodes College in Memphis. He has written widely on the constitutional and legal history of the South and the American Civil War era and his new book on the Civil War and American constitutionalism is forthcoming in 2016 from University Press of Kansas.
John T. Jones has been a photographer from age twelve, when he received a twin-lens reflex camera as a present. He moved to Durham, North Carolina, in 1967 to attend Duke University. By the 1980s, he was working in street photography with a documentary edge, had several one-person shows, and had photographs selected for regional traveling exhibitions and publications. Now retired, he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Davis McCombs is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of two collections, Ultima Thule (Yale) and Dismal Rock (Tupelo). His poems have recently appeared in the New Yorker, Oxford American, Pleiades, and Shenandoah.
Madeleine M. McGrady, an undergraduate history major, is the Shelby Foote Fellow at Rhodes College. Her work has included transcribing Foote’s personal diaries, which are housed in the College’s Shelby Foote Collection.
Paul Mokrzycki Renfro is a doctoral candidate and Louis Pelzer Fellow in the history department at the University of Iowa. He studies late-twentieth-century United States history with specific research interests in political culture, region, childhood, and gender/sexuality. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Enterprise & Society, American Quarterly, and the Annals of Iowa. Renfro won the Southern Historical Association’s William F. Holmes award for best paper presented at the annual SHA conference by a graduate student or junior faculty member. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Middle West Review, an interdisciplinary print journal about the American Midwest, published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Kyle N. Osborn received his PhD in History from the University of Georgia in 2013. He is currently Instructor of History at King University in Bristol, Tennessee.
H. Louise “Sparkle” Searles was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and now lives in Madison, Tennessee. She is retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, and is the author of two books and four children’s workbooks. [End Page 125]