Barbara A. Baker ( is the executive director of Auburn University’s Women’s Leadership Institute. She is the author of four books and several articles covering topics ranging from music, literature, and women’s issues. Prior to her appointment to the Women’s Leadership Institute, she served as associate professor of African American literature at Tuskegee University where she taught for eleven years. In her role as executive director at Auburn, she frequently writes and speaks about women in American politics and culture, and as a member of the graduate faculty, she teaches in Auburn’s women studies, Africana studies, and community and civic engagement programs.

Sony Coráñez Bolton ( is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Middlebury College in Vermont. He graduated with his PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He writes and researches the intersection of postcolonial disability, queer of color critique, and Philippine Hispanic cultures. His work has appeared in Gay and Lesbian Quarterly and Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

Lucas Dietrich ( is an adjunct professor of humanities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His book in progress combines interests in late nineteenth-century American literature, critical ethnic studies, and book history, exploring relationships between US writers of color and the predominantly white publishing industry. He has been the recipient of a Directors’ Scholarship at Rare Book School, a Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship at the Newberry Library, and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His article on W. E. B. Du Bois and Chicago publisher A. C. McClurg & Co. is forthcoming in Book History.

Katherine Fama ( is an assistant professor in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin. She specializes in domestic architecture and narrative in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American fiction. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Marie Curie Foundation have funded the research for her first book in progress on single women and urban rental architecture in modern American fiction. Her essay, “Melancholic Remedies: Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood as Narrative Theory,” appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature (2014). She earned a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jesse A. Goldberg ( is currently completing his dissertation in the English department at Cornell University, where he teaches courses on contemporary literature, African American theater and performance studies, and the intersection of race and law in US history. He also teaches introductory English for the Cornell Prison Education Program. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in CLA Journal and Women & Performance, as well as the edited collections African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture and Motherhood and Mothering in Toni Morrison’s Fiction.

Rita Keresztesi ( is associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Oklahoma. Her research and teaching focus on ethnic American modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts / Black Power, postcolonial West African cinema, and theory and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary interests include Afro-Caribbean and West African culture and politics in film and music. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, from September 2010 through July 2011. She is the author of Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism between the World Wars (U of Nebraska P, 2005) and coeditor of The Western in the Global South (Routledge, 2015).

M. Alison Kibler ( is professor of American studies at Franklin and Marshall College. She is the author of Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville (U of North Carolina P, 1999) and Censoring Racial Ridicule: Irish, Jewish and African American Struggles over Race and Representation (U of North Carolina P, 2015).

Christine Montgomery ( is a lecturer in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. She earned a PhD in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book project Arna Bontemps and the Neo-Slave Narrative: Comparative Freedom, Temporality, and Slave Revolt, rewrites the literary history of the neo-slave narrative by revising its timeline from the 1960s Black Power and 1980s Black Feminist Movements. Revealing a prolific period of literary, sociological, and historical reconstructions of slave revolts in the 1930s, the book elucidates how Bontemps reorients the individualist account of slave revolt to create a neo-slave narrative of collective freedom.

Lurana Donnels O’Malley ( is professor of theatre at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where she teaches in the areas of theatre history, research, and directing. She received her PhD in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of The Dramatic Works of Catherine the Great: Theatre and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Russia (Ashgate, 2006). She has published in Comparative Drama and Text & Presentation on the topic of African American pageant drama. O’Malley is the recipient of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching and the Arts and Humanities Excellence in Scholarship Award.

Imani D. Owens ( is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and teaching interests include black diasporic literature, music, and performance, as well as modes of anti-imperial resistance in the global South. Her book in progress explores the relationship between literary aesthetics, transnationalism, and anti-imperialist politics in Caribbean and African American texts during the 1920s and 1930s.

Jack Shuler ( is the John and Christine Warner Professor and associate professor of English at Denison University. He is the author of Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights (UP of Mississippi, 2009), Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town (U of South Carolina P, 2012), and The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose (PublicAffairs, 2014). His writing has appeared in Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Truthout, among others.

Gary Totten ( is professor and chair of the English department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the editor-in-chief of MELUS. He is the author of African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow (U of Massachusetts P, 2015), editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (U of Alabama P, 2007), and coeditor of Politics, Mobility, and Identity in Travel Writing (Routledge, 2015). His articles have appeared in African American Review, American Indian Quarterly, American Literary Realism, College English, Dreiser Studies, Journal of the Short Story in English / Les cahiers de la nouvelle, MELUS, Pedagogy, Studies in American Naturalism, Studies in Travel Writing, Twentieth-Century Literature, and in several essay collections.

Brian Trapp ( is an instructor at the University of Oregon, where he teaches English and creative writing. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a Taft Fellow. He has presented papers at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference, the College English Association conference, and the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. His fiction and essays have been published in Narrative, Ninth Letter, the Sun, Gettysburg Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other places. He also had an essay selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2013. He has been awarded fellowships by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale and was a Borchardt Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A former associate editor of the Cincinnati Review, he is currently the fiction editor of Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction.

Alexa Weik von Mossner ( is assistant professor of American studies at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Her publications focus on cosmopolitanism, affective narratology, and various ecocritical issues in American literature and film. She is the author of two monographs, Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination (U of Texas P, 2014) and Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative (Ohio State UP, 2017). Her edited books include Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014) and The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture with Sylvia Mayer (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014).

Elisabeth Windle ( is a PhD candidate in English and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a certificate from the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The article published here is adapted from a chapter of her dissertation, “Pleasure in the Past: Queer Nostalgia in the Gay American Century.”