MicKenzie E. Fasteland is a visiting assistant professor in writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her PhD in English and women’s studies in December 2016 at the University of Michigan after defending her dissertation, “Empire and Adolescence: Whiteness and Gendered Citizenship in American Young Adult Literature, 1904–1951.”
Alysa Levene is reader in history at Oxford Brookes University. Her research centres on childhood, welfare, and the family in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Her publications include Childcare, Health and Mortality at the London Foundling Hospital, 1741–1800: “Left to the mercy of the world” (Manchester University Press, 2007), The Childhood of the Poor: Health and Welfare in Eighteenth-Century London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Cake: A Slice of History (Headline and Pegasus, 2016).
Dr. Lauren Rea was appointed as lecturer in Latin American studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2008. A specialist on Argentine cultural history and popular culture, Lauren’s first book, Argentine Serialised Radio Drama in the Infamous Decade, 1930–1943, was published by Ashgate in 2013. In 2016 Lauren was awarded a major research fellowship (the Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellowship) for her project on Argentine children’s literature and childhood in Billiken magazine, 1919–2019.
Hizky Shoham is a senior lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a research fellow in the Kogod Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His publications include Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism (Academic Studies Press, 2014) and Israel Celebrates: Festivals and Civic Culture in Israel (Brill, 2017). The author wishes to thank Yael Darr, Zohar Shavit, Meir Chazan, and Orit Rozin for the encouragement to initiate this project, and to Debbie Bernstein and Tamar Elor for useful ideas along the way.
Susan L. Tananbaum is professor emerita of history (Bowdoin College). She received her PhD from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the acculturation of London’s Jewish immigrant community and religiously sponsored care of orphans in Britain. She is author of Jewish Immigrants in London, 1880–1939 (Pickering & Chatto, 2014) and co-editor (with Michael Berkowitz and Sam Bloom) of Forging Modern Jewish Identities: Public Faces and Private Struggles (Vallentine Mitchell, 2003). She has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Littauer Foundation, Radcliffe and Bowdoin Colleges, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2008 and 2013.
Jean Webb is professor of international children’s literature and director of the International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Worcester, UK. Her publications include: “Considering Sickness and Health in Literature for Children and Young Adults: A Case Study of Health and Disability in the work of F. H. Burnett,” in Sick—Narrating Disease and Deviance in Media for Children and Young Adults, ed. Iris Schäfer (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 2016) (translated into German) and “Health, Sickness and Literature for Children,” in The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature, eds Maria Nikolajeva and Clementine Beauvais (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
Kelly J. Whitmer is an associate professor of history at Sewanee: the University of the South. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of the history of science with the history of youth culture, education, religion, and emotion in the early modern world. Her new project considers the role of expectations and personal investment in efforts to expand the “useful sciences” and to create a new “culture of improvement” in this period. Her book, The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community: Observation, Eclecticism, and Pietism in the Early Enlightenment, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.