joshua david bellin teaches American and environmental literature at La Roche University in Pittsburgh. His books include The Demon of the Continent: Indians and the Shaping of American Literature (2001) and Medicine Bundle: Indian Sacred Performance and American Literature, 1824–1932 (2008), both published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His essay on Thoreau and Indian performance won the inaugural Herbert Ross Brown Prize in American Literary History in 2005 from the New England Quarterly. He has also authored essays on Thoreau and Indigenous peoples in the Concord Saunterer and the collection Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge, 2016). For fun, he takes nature hikes with his wife and kids and publishes science fiction and fantasy novels, including the recent Ecosystem trilogy (Mostly Wind Books, 2018–19).
jacob crane is an assistant professor in the English and Media Studies Department of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His research explores representations of Jewish, West African, and North African identities in early American literature from independence to the Civil War, with a particular focus on how the Barbary conflicts between the United States and the North African states of Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis influenced discourses of race and national identity. He has held research fellowships from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the John Carter Brown Library, and the American Antiquarian Society. His work has appeared in the journals Postcolonial Text, Atlantic Studies, Early American Literature, African American Review, and MELUS. [End Page 560]
christina katopodis is a PhD candidate in English and a Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize, the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award, and the 2018 Digital Dissertation Award. Katopodis' research has been supported by a Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016) and two consecutive GC Provost's Digital Innovation Grants (2016–18). Her dissertation, "Vibrational Epistemologies: Music and Ecology in American Transcendentalism," examines the influence that human and nonhuman sounds and sonic vibrations had on American thought and literature in the nineteenth century before and after sound recording technology. Katopodis also records sounds at Walden Pond for her digital humanities project, The Walden Soundscape, an award-winning website that makes sounds at Walden Pond accessible to a wide audience and calls for a new approach to reading as listening to a text.
ross martin is a PhD candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a focus on antebellum American literature and the history of philosophical and scientific ideas. His writing has also appeared in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
eric russell is a lecturer in English at Central Michigan University. He earned his PhD at the University of Missouri, and his scholarly interests include environmental humanities, transatlantic natural history, and antebellum American literature. With Daniel Patterson, he is currently coediting "'Tenacious of Life': The Quadruped Essays of John Bachman and John James Audubon." [End Page 561]