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Barbara A. Baker ( is the executive director of Auburn University’s Women’s Leadership Institute. She is the author of four books and several articles covering topics ranging from music, literature, and women’s issues. Prior to her appointment to the Women’s Leadership Institute, she served as associate professor of African American literature at Tuskegee University where she taught for eleven years. In her role as executive director at Auburn, she frequently writes and speaks about women in American politics and culture, and as a member of the graduate faculty, she teaches in Auburn’s women studies, Africana studies, and community and civic engagement programs.

Sony Coráñez Bolton ( is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College in Vermont. He graduated with his PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He writes and researches the intersection of postcolonial disability, queer of color critique, and Philippine Hispanic cultures. His work has appeared in Gay and Lesbian Quarterly and Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

Lucas Dietrich ( is an adjunct professor of humanities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His book in progress combines interests in late nineteenth-century American literature, critical ethnic studies, and book history, exploring relationships between US writers of color and the predominantly white publishing industry. He has been the recipient of a Directors’ Scholarship at Rare Book School, a Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship at the Newberry Library, and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His article on W. E. B. Du Bois and Chicago publisher A. C. McClurg & Co. is forthcoming in Book History.

Katherine Fama ( is an assistant professor in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin. She specializes in domestic architecture and narrative in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American fiction. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Marie Curie Foundation have funded the research for her first book in progress on single women and urban rental architecture in modern American fiction. Her essay, “Melancholic Remedies: Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood as Narrative Theory,” appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature (2014). She earned a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. [End Page 237]

Jesse A. Goldberg ( is currently completing his dissertation in the English department at Cornell University, where he teaches courses on contemporary literature, African American theater and performance studies, and the intersection of race and law in US history. He also teaches introductory English for the Cornell Prison Education Program. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in CLA Journal and Women & Performance, as well as the edited collections African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture and Motherhood and Mothering in Toni Morrison’s Fiction.

Rita Keresztesi ( is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her research and teaching focus on ethnic American modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts / Black Power, postcolonial West African cinema, and theory and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary interests include Afro-Caribbean and West African culture and politics in film and music. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, from September 2010 through July 2011. She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (U of Nebraska P, 2005) and coeditor of The Western in the Global South (Routledge, 2015).

M. Alison Kibler ( is professor of American studies at Franklin and Marshall College. She is the author of Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville (U of North Carolina P, 1999) and Censoring Racial Ridicule: Irish, Jewish and African American Struggles over Race and Representation (U of North Carolina P, 2015).

Christine Montgomery ( is a lecturer in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. She earned a PhD in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book project Arna Bontemps and the Neo-Slave Narrative: Comparative...


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