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ERIN N. BUSH earned her PhD in history from George Mason University. Her dissertation, “Under the Guise of Protection: Sex, Race, and Eugenics in Virginia’s Reformatories for Wayward Girls, 1910–1942,” explores progressive reform, the criminalization of girls, and statewide eugenic efforts to stabilize the social order in the New South.

OLIVER CLASPER is a visual artist and journalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, CityLab, and Vice, among others. He has previously worked as a news editor at the Associated Press, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, and a production assistant and sound recordist on the acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing.

JESS T. DUGAN is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community through photographic portraiture. Dugan holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change.

VANESSA FABBRE is a social worker and assistant professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a faculty scholar at the Institute for Public Health. Fabbre received her AM and PhD in social work from the University of Chicago. Her work explores the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities age well and what this means in the context of heteronormativity, heterosexism, and transphobia.

RANDALL KENAN is the author of A Visitation of Spirits, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the 21 st Century, The Fire This Time, and editor of The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin. He is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

EMILY LIEB teaches the history of American cities and schools at Seattle University. She received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from Brown University. She is writing a book about the ways in which school and housing segregation shaped the Rosemont neighborhood in West Baltimore.

ALEX MACAULAY is an associate professor of history and graduate program director at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. His favorite Kristofferson album is The Silver Tongued Devil and I, but he likes them all. [End Page 147]

SAVANNAH SIPPLE is a writer from east Kentucky. Her debut poetry collection WWJD and Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) explores what it is to be a queer woman in Appalachia and is rooted in its culture and in her body. With a beer-drinking Jesus as her wing man, she navigates this difficult terrain of stereotype, conservative Evangelicalism, and, perhaps most, shame. Her writing has recently been published in Salon, Appalachian Heritage, Waxwing, and other places. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

WILLIAM STURKEY is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he specializes in race in the modern American South. His books include a co-edited document collection, To Write in the Light of Freedom, and Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White.

Born in the former Saigon, South Vietnam, MONIQUE TRUONG came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1975. Her novels are The Sweetest Fruits (Viking, 2019), Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), and The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). She is also an essayist and a librettist.

JOANNA WELBORN has worked at Student Action with Farmworkers (saf) for ten years as the Communications Arts Director, where she coordinates saf’s participatory documentary work and communications to raise awareness and improve conditions for farmworkers. saf’s archive...


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