Tanja Aho is a PhD candidate in American studies at the University at Buffalo, where she is completing a dissertation on the racialized pathologization of states of intensity in anti-neoliberal discourses, ranging from radical left manifestos and so-called neoliberal literature to pop psychology blogs and the sharing economy. Her other work on madness/disability, political economy, and television has been published in several anthologies and is forthcoming in Lateral and the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. In 2015 she served as the interim managing editor of the Disability Studies Quarterly and is currently the chair of the ASA's Critical Disability Studies Caucus.
Liat Ben-Moshe is assistant professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo. She is the coeditor (with Allison Carey and Chris Chapman) of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has written on such topics as the politics of abolition; deinstitutionalization and incarceration; disability, anticapitalism, and anarchism; queerness and disability; inclusive pedagogy; disability in Israel/Palestine; and representations of disability. She is finishing a book on the connections between prison abolition, disability, and deinstitutionalization in the United States. For more: utoledo.academia.edu/LiatBenMoshe.
Megan Black is a postdoctoral fellow in Global American Studies at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She received her PhD in American Studies from George Washington University in 2015. Her current manuscript, The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power, under contract with Harvard University Press, explores the political, economic, and environmental foundations of an American project of global extraction spearheaded by the US Department of the Interior in the twentieth century. [End Page 435]
La Marr Jurelle Bruce
La Marr Jurelle Bruce is assistant professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His first book, How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity (Duke University Press, forthcoming), is a study of black artists who mobilize madness for radical art-making, self-making, and world-making. His second book, The Afromantic, will unfurl a cultural history and critical theory of black joy and utopianism amid antiblackness.
Cynthia G. Franklin
Cynthia G. Franklin is professor of English at the University of Hawai'i and coeditor of Biography. She is the author of Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory and the University Today (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and Writing Women's Communities: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Multi-Genre Anthologies (University of Georgia Press, 1997). Her essays and review articles appear in journals including American Quarterly, Cultural Critique, Gay and Lesbian Quarterly, Life Writing, and The Contemporary Pacific. She has coedited three special issues of Biography, most recently, with Morgan Cooper and Ibrahim Aoude, "Life in Occupied Palestine" (2014).
Rachel Gorman is associate professor in critical disability studies at York University. Her research focuses on transnational social movements, fine arts and cultural studies, critical political economy, and critiques of ideology. Gorman is also an artist working in dance theater and curating, and she teaches choreographic process and physical theater in disability and queer arts communities. She has twenty-five years of organizing experience in feminist, antiracist, and anti-occupation movements.
Hannah Gurman is a clinical associate professor of US history at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her research and teaching focus on the history of US foreign relations in the twentieth century and American political theory. She is the author of The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2012) and the editor of A People's History of Counterinsurgency (New Press, 2013). [End Page 436]
Leon J. Hilton
Leon J. Hilton is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. His current research on disability aesthetics and the emerging discourse of "neurological difference" grows out of his dissertation, which received the Michael Kirby Award for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation. His work has received support from Mellon/ACLS and a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation...