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  • Contributor Biographies

Christopher Castiglia is Distinguished Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University, where he co-founded C19. He is the author of several studies of nineteenth-century American literature, including Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture-Crossing, and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst (Chicago, 1996); Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum United States (Duke, 2008); and, this year, The Practices of Hope: Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times (NYU, 2017). He was, with Dana D. Nelson, a founding editor of J19.

Radiclani Clytus is a nineteenth-century literary historian and documentary filmmaker. He is the director of Looks of a Lot (2014) and the editor of two compilations of prose works by the poet Yusef Komunyakaa: Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews, and Commentaries (2000) and Condition Red (2017). His forthcoming book, Graphic Slavery: American Abolitionism and the Primacy of the Visual (NYU Press), examines the ocular-centric roots of American antislavery rhetoric. He is currently the visiting humanities curator at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

Marlene L. Daut holds a joint appointment as associate professor of African diaspora studies at the Carter G. Woodson Institute and the program in American studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (Liverpool, 2015) and Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She is also the founding coeditor of H-Net's digital platform, H-Haiti, and curates a website of over 200 fictional writings about the Haitian Revolution at

Gordon Fraser is assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University, where he specializes in American [End Page 213] literature of the long nineteenth century. His scholarship has appeared in PMLA, American Quarterly, and Novel, among other journals, and he has received grants or fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Center for American Literary Studies, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. He is currently working on a monograph about the intersections of race science and astronomy in the nineteenth century.

Kirsten Silva Gruesz is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studies and teaches the entangled literatures of the Americas, including Latina/o/x literature. Her new book in progress is titled "Cotton Mather's Spanish Lessons."

Frank Kelderman is assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville. His previous scholarship has appeared in American Studies and American Literature. He is currently completing a monograph examining nineteenth-century Native American writing and oratory in the context of Indian diplomacy.

John Patrick Leary is associate professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century US and Latin American literature. He is the author of A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2016) and Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism, forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2018.

Dana Luciano is associate professor of English at Georgetown University. She is the author of Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America and coeditor, with Mel Y. Chen, of "Queer Inhumanisms," a special issue of GLQ: The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and, with Ivy G. Wilson, of Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies. She is currently at work on "How the Earth Feels: Geological Fantasy in the Nineteenth-Century US."

Dana D. Nelson (Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American studies at Vanderbilt University) is author of four books, among them Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), and Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States (Fordham University Press, 2015). She is currently at work on a project about the commons and western land use policy wars, drawing on the perspectives of ranchers innovating on the subject of water and land rights practices. [End Page 214]

Jennifer Putzi is associate professor of English and gender, sexuality, and women's studies at the College of William and Mary. She is...


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