dana d. nelson is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies, Chair of the Department of English at Vanderbilt University, and author of four academic monographs, most recently Commons Democracy: Reading the Politics of Participation in the Early United States (Fordham UP, 2016).
alan nadel, William T. Bryan Chair in American Literature and Culture at the University of Kentucky, is the author of six monographs, including Containment Culture (Duke UP), Flatlining on the Field of Dreams: Cultural Narratives in the Films of President Reagan’s America (Rutgers UP), and two volumes published in 2018: Demographic Angst: Cultural Narratives and American Films of the 1950s (Rutgers UP), and The Theatre of August Wilson (Bloomsbury/Methuen). He has published over 60 scholarly essays, chiefly on post-World War II American literature, drama, film and television, one of which won the prize for the best essay in Modern Fiction Studies and another for the best essay in PMLA.
naomi miyazawa is an associate professor in the Department of English at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan. She is currently working on a research project which examines how visual arts, especially photography and painting, relate to literary works of Capote, Nabokov, and Poe. Her recent study on Poe and daguerreotypy appeared in Poe Studies 50 (2017).
garth sabo is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, where he specializes in contemporary American literature, waste studies, material ecocriticism, and the medical humanities. His current project examines the human microbiome and literary representations of human waste as a source of symbiotic and communal identities.
taylor johnston is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and an MA in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research critically examines the appropriation of realist style in postmodern and contemporary literature, particularly fiction of the American white lower middle class.