Anastasiya Astapova recently defended a PhD on Belarusian political folklore and nationalism (University of Tartu, Estonia) and a second PhD on student humor (Academy of Sciences, Russia). She has done fieldwork and published extensively on these issues. Currently she is focusing on the research of refugees and asylum seekers in Estonia and is participating in a project on the comparative analysis of conspiracy theories.
Elías Domínguez Barajas is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, where he researches the social and cognitive dimensions of language use among Latino/a populations in the United States. In addition to his work in discourse analysis and ethnolinguistics, Dr. Domínguez Barajas also teaches Latino literature and literacy studies, both of which he approaches from an analytical perspective committed to examining how the use of a particular language or dialect impacts people's lives.
Rosemary V. Hathaway is Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches courses in folklore, American literature, and young adult literature. She is the author of a number of articles on folklore and literature, including studies of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Art Spiegelman.
Grzegorz Szpila works at the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. His main interests include paremiology, phraseology, lexicology, folklore, and stylistics. He is the author of 6 books and more than 70 articles and reviews. He is a member of the European Phraseological Society (Europhras), the Polish Association for the Study of English, and the International Association of Literary Semantics. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Phraseology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. [End Page 374]