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Brian Edgar has taught in universities in Britain and in China, where he was professor of English language and literature at the University of Yunnan. He publishes on psychotherapy and culture in the long 1960s and on the experience of Allied civilians during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. He is currently an honorary research associate at the University of Exeter.

Daniel Levinson Wilk is associate professor of American history at the Fashion Institute of Technology. His research centers on the role that service industries like restaurants, barbershops, and hotels played in displacing slavery and servitude in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, by offering a better product. He has also written extensively on the history of elevators and is a trustee of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

Jennifer Ponce de León is assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on intersections between antisystemic movements and cultural production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Latina/o/x and Latin American studies, and anticolonial thought. She has published numerous articles and is completing Another Aesthetics Is Possible: Radical Politics across the Arts of the Americas, a transnational study of literature, art, and performance from the past two decades and its relationship to social struggles in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. For more information, see

Tiana Reid is a PhD candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University. Her research focuses on black internationalism, feminism, and Marxism. In 2015 she received a four-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She also does editorial work at Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and The New Inquiry, where she is a senior editor. [End Page 151]

Micol Seigel is associate professor of American studies and history at Indiana University, Bloomington, and in 2017–18, a visiting scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She teaches and studies policing, prisons, and race in the Americas; her book on the nature of police work and the assumptions that underlie its legitimacy in a democracy, Violence Work: State Power and the Limits of Police, will be published in August 2018 by Duke University Press. Previous work has appeared in Social Text, Transition, Social Justice, Journal of American History, Hispanic American Historical Review, and elsewhere. She is a longtime member of Critical Resistance, a founding member of Decarcerate Monroe County, and an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program instructor.

Tyina Steptoe is associate professor of history at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her work focuses on the history of race, gender, and culture in the United States. She is the author of Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City (University of California Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in the Journal of African American History, Journal of the West, Oxford American, and the Houston Chronicle.

Kiara M. Vigil is assistant professor of American studies at Amherst College. She has received fellowship awards from the Mellon Foundation, the Autry National Museum, the Newberry Library, the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan, Williams College, and Amherst College. She is the author of Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Preston Waltrip is a PhD student in English at the University of California, Riverside, where he studies contemporary hemispheric American literature. His research interests include contemporary fiction, borderlands studies, biopolitical theory, historiography, and cultural geography.

Paul Williams is senior lecturer in twentieth-century literature at the University of Exeter in the UK. He has written two books, Paul Gilroy (Routledge, [End Page 152] 2012) and Race, Ethnicity, and Nuclear War (Liverpool University Press, 2011), and coedited the collection The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts (University Press of Mississippi, 2010), with James Lyons. He is writing a monograph with the provisional title Novel Talk: Dreaming of the Graphic Novel in the Long 1970s. [End Page 153]



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