Stephanie Leigh Batiste is a scholar/artist navigating the shifting line between creation and analysis, ideas and meaning, with delicacy and force. Associate Professor of Black Studies and English at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Director of the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative, Batiste's specialty areas include black performance studies, African American literature and culture, American studies including U.S. history and culture, cultural studies, and race and racism. Her book Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance (Duke University Press, 2011) focuses on the relationship between power and identity in black performance cultures to reimagine black subjectivity and ways of being. Darkening Mirrors won the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize and honorable mention for the ATHE Book Award. Batiste's current book project, Fallings, Resurrections, and the Spaces Between, studies violence and affect in millennial black urban performance cultures in Los Angeles. She is coeditor of the NYU Book Series Performance and American Cultures. Her performance work includes the solo-show Stacks of Obits about street murder in Los Angeles and the ensemble piece Blue Gold and Butterflies, a play in three generations.
Paula Cucurella teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently completing a book on Nicanor Parra's antipoetry. Her work attempts to account for the singularity of literature by exploring the limits of genre(s).
John E. Drabinski is Charles Hamilton Houston 1915 Professor in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to authoring four books, most recently Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and Abyssal Beginnings: Glissant, Philosophy, and the Middle Passage (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), he has written more than three dozen articles on French philosophy and Africana theory and has edited book and journal issues on Fanon, Godard, Lévinas, Glissant, and the question of political reconciliation.
Grant Farred is the author of a trilogy of works on sport and the event. These works are The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy (Temple University Press, 2018), In Motion, at Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), and Entre Nous: Between the World (Cup) and Me (forthcoming, Duke University Press, 2019). His other works include Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and What's My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
James Edward Ford iii is an Associate Professor of English at Occidental College, Los Angeles. His articles are published or forthcoming from Novel, Biography, Rethinking Marxism, Cultural Critique, Black Camera, Black Scholar, and College Literature. His first book, Thinking through Crisis: Depression-Era Black Literature, Theory, and Politics, is forthcoming from Fordham University Press. He is currently working on two projects: Phillis, the Black Swan: Disheveling the Origins and Hip Hop's Late Style: Liner Notes to an Esthetic Theory to rethink the origins and ends of black American cultural production.
Stipe Grgas is the Chair of the American Studies program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to American studies, his fields of interest are the contemporary American novel, Irish literature and culture, human spatiality, and the new economic criticism. His publications include Nietzsche i Yeats (Nietzsche and Yeats) (1989), Ispisivanje prostora: čitanje suvremenog američkog romana (Writing space: reading the contemporary American novel) (2000), Kažnjavanje forme: irsko pjesništvo poslije Yeatsa (Punishing form: Irish poetry after Yeats) (2006) and Američki studiji danas: identitet, kapital, spacijalnost (American studies today; identity, capital, spatiality) (2014). He has twice served as president of the Croatian Association for English Studies and is currently president of the Croatian Association of American Studies and the Regional Association of American Studies.
Jernej Habjan is Research Fellow at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana. He is the coeditor, with Jessica Whyte, of (Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His book Ordinary Literature Philosophy is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic.