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Olivia Banner is Assistant Professor in the Emerging Media and Communication Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on intersections of race, gender, and disability in media’s incorporation into medicine, health care education, and everyday practices of physical and mental health. Her monograph, Communicative Biocapitalism: Designing the Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities, is under contract with University of Michigan Press, and she is co-editing the volume Teaching Health Humanities (under contract, Oxford University Press) with educators at the Texas Medical Center. Her work has appeared in Signs, Discourse, the edited collection Identity Technologies, and is forthcoming in Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory.

Phillip Barrish is the Tony Hilfer Professor of American and British Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of American Literary Realism, Intellectual Prestige, and Critical Theory: 1880–1995 (Cambridge University Press, 2001); White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism (Ohio State University Press, 2006); and The Cambridge Introduction to American Literary Realism (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His current project is titled “American Literature and the Political Economy of Health Care.”

Tod Chambers is Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His areas of research include the rhetoric of bioethics and cross-cultural issues in clinical medicine. He is the author of the book The Fiction of Bioethics (Routledge, 1999) and is co-editor with Carl Elliott of Prozac as a Way of Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). He is presently working on a second monograph on the rhetoric of bioethics.

Genie Nicole Giaimo is Director of the Writing Center at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include the articulation of life narrative through the representation of neurological memory processes, as well as empirical and quantitative research on writing centers. She has published on identity formation and life narrative, as well as community college writing centers, in journals including Language and Literature, European Journal of Life Writing, and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. Her dissertation Unable to Remember but Unwilling to Forget traced current neurological research onto the construction of life narrative and its representation of memory and identity. She offers pedagogical consultancy and training through her website:

Jessica Howell is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. She has published articles on health and the literature of empire in journals including Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in Travel Writing, the Journal [End Page 237] of Commonwealth Literature, and Literature and Medicine. Her first book, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh University Press. Her current book project examines malaria in the Victorian imagination.

Alvan A. Ikoku is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and of Medicine at Stanford University. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and his PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He specializes in the study of African and African diasporic literatures, twentieth-century fiction, narrative ethics, and histories of tropical medicine and global health. His research and writing situate literary and medical discourses on Africa within post-nineteenth-century movements in world literature and world health. And currently, as part of a book project, he studies the place of the novel in the evolution of global health as a medical specialty.

Jenell Johnson is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the author of American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History (2014), co-editor of The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain (2012), and has published essays in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Medicine Studies, Advances in Medical Sociology, and Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.

Yeonsik Jung is Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea, where he teaches American literature and culture, literature and medicine, critical theory, and cinema. He is co-editor of the Journal of Criticism and Theory, and his essays on race and gender studies and medical humanities have appeared or are forthcoming in, among others, English Studies and The Explicator.

Lorenzo Servitje is a PhD candidate in English...


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