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Brent Cebul

Brent Cebul is the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab. His first book, The American Way of Growth: Business, Poverty, and Development in the American Century, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Cynthia Dobbs

Cynthia Dobbs is associate professor of English at the University of the Pacific. Her teaching and scholarship focus on twentieth-century American literature/American studies, Black modernisms, Black feminisms, and authors Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Claudia Rankine. Her work has appeared in such journals as African American Review, American Literature, Biography, MELUS, and the Faulkner Journal. She is at work on an essay collection tentatively titled “Speaking of Bodies: Languages of Race, Mourning, and Illness.”

Charles L. Hughes

Charles L. Hughes is director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. His first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Daniel Martinez HoSang

Daniel Martinez HoSang is associate professor of ethnic studies and political science at the University of Oregon.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is the author of Carbon Nation: Fossil Fuels in the Making of American Culture (University Press of Kansas, 2014) and other publications ranging across energy, ecology, poetry, film, journalism, and race relations. He is professor of history and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at National University in San Diego, California. [End Page 1111]

Joseph Lowndes

Joseph Lowndes is associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon. This essay is part of forthcoming book on the labor of race in the contemporary age of inequality.

Jodi Melamed

Jodi Melamed is associate professor of English and Africana studies at Marquette University. She is the author of Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), and her scholarship has appeared in interdisciplinary journals and edited collections including American Quarterly, American Literature, Social Text, African American Review, Critical Ethnic Studies, Strange Affinities: The Sexual and Gender Politics of Comparative Racialization, and Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Her next book project, Dispossession by Administration, investigates the contemporary apotheosis of proceduralism as a mode of dispossession. Currently, she serves on the National Council of the ASA.

Ariel Nereson

Ariel Nereson is assistant professor of dance studies at the University at Buffalo. She holds a PhD in theatre arts from the University of Pittsburgh and her current book project is Democracy Moving: Corporeality and History in the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Lincoln Trilogy. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Studies in Musical Theatre. She is also a dancer and choreographer.

Joshua Paddison

Joshua Paddison teaches US and world history at St. Edward’s University and Texas State University. He is the author of American Heathens: Religion, Race, and Reconstruction in California (University of California Press, 2012). His research focuses on race, ethnicity, and religion in the nineteenth-century United States.

Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard

Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard is a PhD candidate in the combined program in American studies and African American studies, with the certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, at Yale University. Her research analyzes how black and Indian working people challenged colonial housing and planning in three dwelling spaces in the late colonial British West Indies. [End Page 1112]

Britt Rusert

Britt Rusert is assistant professor of African American literature and culture in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her first book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture, is forthcoming from New York University Press. Her second project is a study of William J. Wilson’s “Afric-American Picture Gallery.”

Pacharee Sudhinaraset

Pacharee Sudhinaraset is Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in English at New York University. Her current book project offers a genealogy of women of color utopian writing as a critical optic for narrating alternative cultural and political lifeworlds to the Cold War and its aftermath.

Ellen Y. Tani

Ellen Y. Tani is an art historian and curator whose research explores the intersection of...


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