Joshua Armstrong is an assistant professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century French literature, theory, and culture. His monograph, Maps and Territories: Global Positioning in the Contemporary French Novel, is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press.
Paul Harris, Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, maintains a rock garden and blog called The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin, which informs his research, artwork and writings about stone. He has designed "slow time zones" on the LMU campus (The Garden of Slow Time and The Displacement Garden), and exhibited stone installations at the National Gallery of Denmark, Chapman University, and the Arizona State Art Museum Project Space. He has been an editor of SubStance since 1996, and served as President of the International Society for the Study of Time 2004–2013. He has created recent work in collaboration with jazz musician David Ornette Cherry, author David Mitchell, and artist Richard Turner, and is working with Turner and Thomas Elias on a book project, Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display.
Joe Larios is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Emory University. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Louisiana State University. His research interests include environmental ethics and politics, eco-phenomenology, and psychoanalysis. He is particularly interested in how ethics and desire can be thought together to better understand how we relate to our natural and artificial environments as well as ways of questioning the nature/culture binary and the status of the nonhuman.
Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff, Wales. He has written more than thirty books on aspects of philosophy and literary theory, among them (most recently), Re-Thinking the Cogito: Naturalism, Reason and the Venture of Thought; Derrida, Badiou and the Formal Imperative; and Philosophy Outside-In: A Critique of Academic Reason. His volume of verse-essays, The Cardinal's Dog and Other Poems, was recently published in a second edition by De La Salle University Press (Manila) in association with Seventh Quarry Press (Swansea, Wales).
Adam R. Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of French and International Studies at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on deconstruction, romantic literature and the intersections of technology, economics, and aesthetics. He is currently completing a book on The Gift of Poetry, which examines the role played by donation in Western theories of poetic origination. He has published articles on Baudelaire, Shelley, Heidegger, and Derrida, and is co-editor of Oxford Literary Review 40.2, "Deconstruction and the Survival of Love."
Essi Varis (PhD in progress) hails from the University of Jyväskylä in Central Finland, where she has worked as a doctoral researcher in comparative literature since 2013. She is set to defend her compilation dissertation, tentatively titled Graphic Human Experiments: Frankensteinian Cognitive Logics of Characters in Vertigo Comics and Beyond, in April of 2019. Besides Frankenstein, character theory and graphic narratives, Varis's research interests include cognitive narratology, transmedia, geek culture, posthumanism, Gothic fiction, and speculative fiction. She is also keen on experimenting with different methodologies and forms of academic writing. Currently, Varis is looking for postdoctoral positions abroad and planning a popular nonfiction book on fictional characters.