Regina N. Bradley is an assistant professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University. She is the author of numerous essays on race, hip hop, and popular culture. She is the author of Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South (Peter Lang, 2017), editor of An OutKast Reader (U of Georgia P, forthcoming), and the author of Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (U of North Carolina P, forthcoming). She can be reached at www.redclayscholar.com.
David A. Davis is the director of fellowships and scholarships, an associate professor of English, and the associate director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies at Mercer University. He is the author of World War I and Southern Modernism (UP of Mississippi, 2017), which won the Eudora Welty Prize in 2018. He has published more than thirty essays in academic journals and book collections; he edited a reprint of Victor Daly's novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts (U of Virginia P, 2010) and a reprint of John L. Spivak's novel Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang: Originally Published as Georgia Nigger (U of South Carolina P, 2012); and he co-edited Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways with Tara Powell (UP of Mississippi, 2014).
Joanna Davis-McElligatt is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is co-editor of the collection Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education: Inside and Outside the Academy (Routledge, 2018). Her monograph-in-progress, Black and Immigrant: The New African Diaspora in American Literature, explores literary and cultural constructions of black immigrants to the United States from Afropolitans to Wakandan Americans.
Megan Finch is a Ph.D. candidate in English literature at Brandeis University and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently the recipient of a Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship, her dissertation focuses on black feminist representations of "mad" black women in the post-black power era.
Courtney George is an associate professor in the Department of English at Columbus State University (CSU) in Columbus, Georgia. She teaches courses in American literature, southern studies, and first-year composition; she was CSU's Teaching Excellence Award recipient for 2017–2018. Her early published research focuses on southern women writers while her most recent work focuses on portrayals of Hurricane Katrina in literature, film, television, and music.
Jennifer L. Hayes is an assistant professor of English and Women's Studies at Tennessee State University. Her research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature, black feminist criticism, and contemporary drama. In her research, she examines travel as a strategy for resisting racist and sexist oppression within African American literature.
Jennie Lightweis-Goff is an instructor of English at the University of Mississippi and invited professor of English at the North China University of Technology. Her essays have been published in American Literature, minnesota review, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. The monograph based on her dissertation research, Blood at the Root: Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus (SUNY P, 2011), won the SUNY Press Dissertation/First Book Prize. She is currently finishing her second book, Captive Cities: Urban Slavery in Four Movements.
Heather Menefee is a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in Native American Studies from Northwestern University where she was the founding co-president of the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance. She studies Dakota histories from the nineteenth century to the present, comparative colonialisms, and black politics.
Owen Robinson is a senior lecturer in U.S. literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Creating Yoknapatawpha: Readers and Writers in Faulkner's Fiction (Routledge, 2006) as well as several journal articles and book chapters on Faulkner. With Richard Gray, he has co-edited A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South (Blackwell, 2004). He is currently working on writing centred on New Orleans, and co-edited Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography from New York to Rio (Liverpool UP, 2013...