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  • Contributor Biographies

Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen has authored several books, including Our Declaration (Norton, 2014) and Education and Equality (University of Chicago, 2016). A 2001 MacArthur Foundation fellow, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Rachel Banner, PhD (University of Pennsylvania 2013) is assistant professor of African American literature at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. Her research interests include antebellum African American literature, especially the work of James McCune Smith, nineteenth-century American legal history, and aesthetic theories. She has previously published scholarship in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and Callaloo, and she is at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Blackest Sense: Radical Abolition and Sensory Aesthetics in African American Literature, 1830—1861."

Kelvin C. Black is assistant professor of transatlantic studies in the English department at Hunter College, CUNY. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on transatlantic political discourses across the long nineteenth century. He is currently completing a book titled "Thinking at the Limit: The Anglo-American Dilemma between Reform and Revolution across the Long Nineteenth Century," a literary-historical analysis of the eighteenth-century origins and long nineteenth-century effects of Anglo-American concepts of sociopolitical change.

Stuart Burrows is associate professor of English at Brown University, where he teaches nineteenth-and twentieth-century American literature. He is the author of A Familiar Strangeness: [End Page 407] American Fiction and the Language of Photography, as well as numerous essays. He is currently completing two books: "The Way We Were," a study of temporality in Henry James, and "The Third Person," an account of subjectivity in the modern novel.

Michael D'Alessandro is assistant professor of English at Duke University. His articles have appeared in the New England Quarterly, Studies in American Naturalism, Mississippi Quarterly, and the Eugene O'Neill Review. Currently he is working on a book project titled "Staged Readings: Sensationalism and Class in Popular American Literature and Theatre, 1835–1875."

D. Berton Emerson is assistant professor in the department of English at Whitworth University. He has written essays and reviews that have appeared in American Literature, ESQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His current book project is titled "Local Rules: American Misfit Literature and Its Alternative Democracies, 1828–1861."

Jason Frank is the Robert J. Katz Chair of the department of government at Cornell. He is the author of Constituent Moments: Enacting the People in Postrevolutionary America, Publius and Political Imagination, and the editor of A Political Companion to Herman Melville. He is currently writing a book on the aesthetics of popular sovereignty.

Sandra M. Gustafson teaches at the University of Notre Dame, where she is professor of English and concurrent professor of American Studies. Her most recent monograph is Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press, 2011). She has served as editor of the journal Early American Literature since 2008, and she joined the editorial team of the Norton Anthology of American Literature for the ninth edition, which was released at the end of 2016.

Christopher Hanlon's writing about nineteenth-century US and transatlantic literature and culture has appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature, College Literature, Pedagogy, New Literary History, and the New York Times, among other places. His book America's England: Atlantic Sectionalism and Antebellum Literature was published by Oxford University Press in 2013, while Emerson's Memory Loss: Originality, Communality, and the Late Style will be published, also by Oxford, later this year. Hanlon is associate professor of literature at Arizona State University. [End Page 408]

Vesna Kuiken is visiting assistant professor at University of Albany, SUNY. Her research interests include ecology, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and biopolitics. She is currently working on a book Idiorrhythmic Ecologies: The Politics of Life...


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