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Andrew Fiss, assistant professor of technical and professional communication at Michigan Technological University, studies histories of STEM communication in classrooms and beyond. His work appears in the History of Education Quarterly, Peitho, Science & Education, and elsewhere.

Laura Kasson Fiss, research assistant professor in the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Technological University, studies Victorian humor and the roles of communication and reflection in STEM education. Her work appears in Victorian Periodicals Review, The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan, and elsewhere. The authors received travel support from the History of Science Society and British Science Association.

Melvin G. Hill is an associate professor of English studies in the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Tennessee–Martin. He is the editor of Black Bodies and Transhuman Realities: Scientifically Modifying the Black Body in Posthuman Literature and Culture (forthcoming, Lexington Books, 2019) and Existential Thought in African American Literature before 1942 (Lexington Books, 2016). His research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century African American literature, and identity in gaming. His current project is titled "'The Improbable Experiment': Representations of Blackness in Mainstream Video Games during the Age of Obama."

Kate Holterhoff completed her PhD in literary and cultural studies at Carnegie Mellon in 2016; she is currently a front-end web developer at Nebo Agency, technical editor at COVE, and an affiliated researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research areas include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature, visual culture, digital humanities, and the history of science. She has published articles in Digital Humanities Quarterly, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920, The Journal of Victorian Culture, The Journal of the History of Biology, and Victorian Network. She directs and edits the digital archive, a literary and art historical resource indexed and peer reviewed by NINES, which contextualizes and improves access to the illustrations of Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard.

Kim Lacey is an associate professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, the Journal of Evolution and Technology, and several digital publications. Her research interests include AI, rhetorical practices, and memory studies. More information about her can be found at

Travis Chi Wing Lau received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and is currently a postdoctoral teaching fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. He researches and writes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, disability studies, the history and philosophy of medicine, and medical humanities.

T. J. Martinson is an English PhD candidate at Indiana University–Bloomington whose research investigates the theoretical, aesthetic, and historical relationship between postmodern literature and its concurrent scientific epistemes, including early-order cybernetics, biotechnology, and genomics.

Ryan J. Morrison is a postgraduate student at Flinders University in South Australia, and is in his final year of completing a PhD in creative writing. His research is centered on SF depictions of artificial intelligence, interrogating what relationship they have to current and future ethical quandaries posed by real world AI. His creative work will interpret these findings through an SF reimagining of the mythical golem of Prague.

Connor Pitetti is a lecturer in English and American literature at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He received his PhD from Stony Brook University and completed his undergraduate studies at the City College of New York. His current research project explores the ways in which narrative practices shape cultural understandings of ecology, with a particular focus on science fiction and urban planning, and on the impact that these discourses have in shaping popular ideas concerning ecological futures. Articles related to this work have appeared in The Oxford Journal of Church and State, Science Fiction Studies, and elsewhere.

Stacy Sivinski is an English PhD candidate and gender studies minor at The University of Notre Dame studying transatlantic literature produced during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, "Subversive Sensations: Disruptive Desire in New Woman Literature," considers the ways New Women writers utilize pleasurable sensory encounters (touch, smell, taste, sight, sound/hearing) as a means of contesting power hierarchies and promoting fluid forms of identity-making. Her forthcoming article, "Velvet, Silk, and...


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