Chris Abani is the Board of Trustees Professor of English and the Director of Graduate Studies at the Litowitz Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Secret History of Las Vegas (Penguin 2014), Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004), and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985), as well as the poetry collections Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), There Are No Names for Red (Red Hen Press, 2010), Feed Me The Sun—Collected Long Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2010) Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne’s Lot (Red Hen, 2003) and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). His awards include a Guggenheim Award, a PEN/Hemingway Book Award, and a PEN Beyond the Margins award.
Leo Braudy is a University Professor, Professor of English, Art History, and History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. His books include Jean Renoir Robson, 1977), a finalist for the National Book Award, The Frenzy of Renown (Vintage, 1997), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and From Chivalry to Terrorism (Vintage, 2003), which was named Best of the Best by the Los Angeles Times and was one of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2003.
Elizabeth Covington is an Associate Chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, a Coordinator of Literary Studies, and a Senior Lecturer in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her work is forthcoming in Genre and Journal of Modern Literature, and she is currently writing a book about experimental psychological theories and the rise of modernist literature in Britain.
Averill Curdy is an Associate Professor of Instruction and the Director of the English Major in Writing at Northwestern University. She is the author of the poetry collection Songs & Error (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), and her poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Slate, Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. She is the co-editor of the Longman Anthology of Poems (Longman Publishing Group, 2005). Her awards include a Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Amber Dermont is an Associated Professor of English at Rice University. She is the author of the novel The Starboard Sea (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013), one of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2013, and the short story collection Damage Control (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014). She is currently working on The Laughing Girl, her third book.
Sarah Ellenzweig is an Associate Professor of English at Rice University. She is the author of The Fringes of Belief (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the co-editor, with John Zammito, of The New Politics of Materialism (Routledge, 2017). She is currently working on a book that analyzes the intersections of materialism, theories of motion, and the novel in eighteenth-century Britain.
Kasey Evans is an Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University. She is the author of Colonial Virtue (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and is currently working on a project entitled Renaissance Resurrections, which analyzes interpretations of grief that emerged in post-Protestant Reformation literature.
Kate Flint is a Provost Professor of English and Art History and Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Transatlantic Indian 1776-1930 (Princeton University Press, 2008), The Victorians and the Visual Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000), The Woman Reader, 1837-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1993), and Dickens (Harvester, 1985). She was General Editor of the Cambridge History of Victorian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, which she wil take in 2021-22.
Betty Joseph is an Associate Professor of English at Rice University. She is the author of Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840, which analyzes the presence of women in British colonial archives, and is co-editing, with Elizabeth Sauer, World-Making and Other Worlds, to be published as a special feature of 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era in 2021 (Bucknell University Press).
Lorraine López is the Gertrude Conway Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, and Faculty Director of Latino and Latina Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Darling (University of Arizona Press, 2015), Call Me Henri (Curbstone Books, 2012), which won the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Publishing, 2011), Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories (BkMk Press, 2009), a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize in Fiction, An Angle of Vision (University of Michigan Press, 2009), The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters (Grand Central Publishing, 2008), a Borders/Las Comadres Selection, and Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, winner of the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize for fiction.
Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor in Literacy Education, a Professor of English and Africana Studies, and the Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of ninety articles, research briefs, and book chapters and ten scholarly monograms, including Educating Harlem (Columbia University Press, 2020), Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education (Routledge, 2019), New Directions in Teaching English (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015), and Critical Media Pedagogy (Teachers College Press, 2013). He is the recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Charles Altieri is the Rachael Anderson Stageberg Endowed Chair of the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Reckoning with Imagination: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Literary Experience (Cornell University Press, 2015), Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity: Toward a Phenomenology of Value (Cornell University Press, 2013), and The Art of 20th Century American Poetry: Modernism and After (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
Edward Barnaby is associate dean of graduate academic programs in the Arts & Sciences and associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. His publications include Realist Critiques of Visual Culture from Hardy to Barnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and articles in the Journal of Narrative Theory, Mosaic, Genre, and Clio.
Beatrice Bradley is a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation is entitled Sweat and the Embodiment of Waste in Early Modern England.
Timothy Campbell is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Historical Style (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), and is currently working on a book called Arts of Dress.
Rachel Cohen is a Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade (Yale University Press, 2013) and A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists (Random House, 2004), which received the 2003 PEN/Jerard Fund Award and the PEN/Martha Alband Award for First Nonfiction. Her forthcoming book is entitled Austen Years.
Rachel DeWoskin is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago. Her publications include Two Menus Banshee (Dottir Press, 2019), Someday We Will Fly (Viking Penguin, 2015), and Big Girl Small (Farrar, Straux & Giroux, 2011).
Joseph Donahue is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of English at Duke University. He is the author of Wind Map I-VII (Talisman House, 2018), Red Flash on a Black Field (Black Square Editions, 2015), and Dark Church (Verge Books, 2015).
Thomas Ferraro is the Frances Hill Fox Professor of English at Duke University. His publications include Feeling Italian: The Art of Ethnicity in America (New York University Press, 2005), which won an American Book Award, and Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in 20th-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 1993). His forthcoming book is entitled Transgression & Redemption in American Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Jacob Harris is a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the social, aesthetic, and economic implications of luxury in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Elizabeth Helsinger is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. Her publications include Poetry and the Thought of Song in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Virginia Press, 2015), Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Yale University Press, 2008), and Rural Scenes and National Representation, Britain 1815-1850 (Princeton University Press, 1997).
Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English at Duke University. He is the author of Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge (Notre Dame University Press, 2013), Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, Melancholy, 1790-1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), and Wordsworth’s Profession (Stanford University Press, 1997).
Ernesto Quiñonez is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the author of Bodega Dreams (Vintage Books, 2000), described by The New York Times as a “New Immigrant Classic,” Chango’s Fire (HarperCollins Publishers, 2004), and Taina (Vintage Books, 2019).
Corina Stan is an Associate Professor of English at Duke University. She is the author of The Art of Distances (Northwestern University Press, 2018). She is currently working on a book entitled Distanced, yet Contemporary: the Revolutionary Seventeenth Century in Fiction and Drama (1921-2012), as well as a book on the history of the “end of culture” in the West.
Marianna Torgovnick is a Professor of English at Duke University. Her publications include The War Complex: World War II in Our Time (University of Chicago Press, 2008), Primitive Passions: Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy (Knopf 1997; paperback University of Chicago Press, 1998), and Crossing Ocean Parkway (University of Chicago Press, 1998), which received an American Book Award.
Priscilla Wald is the R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor of English at Duke University. She is the author of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke University Press, 2008) and Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form (Duke University Press, 1994). She is currently working on a book-length study entitled Human Beings After Genocide.
Julianne Werlin is the Bacca Foundation Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Culture and Society at Duke University. Her forthcoming book is entitled Writing at the Origins of Capitalism (Oxford University Press).
Lowell Gallagher is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author or editor of several books about English literature, including Sodomscapes: Hospitality in the Flesh (Fordham University Press, 2017), Redrawing the Map of Early Modern English Catholicism, ed. (University of Toronto Press, 2012), and Medusa’s Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance (Stanford University Press, 1991).
Alison Glassie is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the University of Virginia. She is currently working on a book called Atlantic Shapeshifters: Sea Literature’s Fluid Forms. She is the recipient of the Coastful Futures Fellowship (2019), the Center for the Americas Graduate Fellowship (2018), the Public Humanities Fellowship in South American Studies (2017), and the Mellon Graduate Fellowship (2014-15).
Danny Snelson is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of poetry collections such as Radios (Make Now Press, 2016), EXE TXT (Gauss PDF, 2015), and Epic Lyric Poem (Troll Thread, 2015).
Stephen Dickey is a senior lecturer at the English Department of the University of California, Los Angeles. He has served on the faculty of the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute for more than ten years, and is the recipient of awards such as UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 1993.
Valorie D. Thomas is the Phebe Estelle Spalding Professor of English and Africana Studies at Pomona College. Her publications include “Cultural Vertigo: Spiritual Roads to Social Justice in African Diaspora Film and Literature” (manuscript under submission) and “Placing Toni Morrison’s ‘Love’: African American and Women of Color Feminists Theorizing Embodiment, Home, and Memory” (International Journal of the Humanities, 2007).
Claire McEachern is Professor of English at the University of Los Angeles, California. She has written several books, including Believing in Shakespeare: Studies in Longing (Cambridge University Press, 2018), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2003; second edition, 2014), and The Poetics of English Nationhood 1590-1612 (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
James Morrison is Professor of Literature and Film at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eleven books, including Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s (Rutgers University Press, 2010) and Roman Polanski (University of Illinois Press, 2007).
Gabi Starr is the 10th and current President of Pomona College and a Professor of English and Neuroscience. She is the author of Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2013) and Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NSF ADVANCE Award, and a New Directions Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation.
Jonathan Lethem is the Roy E. Disney ’51 Professor of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Pomona College. He is the author of twelve novels and five short story collections, including Motherless Brooklyn (1999, Doubleday), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and The Fortress of Solitude (2003, Doubleday), a New York Times bestseller. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Crawford Award, the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and the World Fantasy Award— Collection.
Caroline Streeter is an Associate Professor in the Department of African-American Studies and the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Tragic No More: Mixed Race Women and the Nexus of Sex and Celebrity (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).
Sarah Kareem is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder (Oxford University Press, 2014), as well as scholarly articles including “Flimsy Materials, Or, What the Eighteenth Century Can Teach Us About Twenty-First Century Worlding” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 2016).
Brian Stefans is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written books of poetry including “Viva Miscegenation”: New Writing (MakeNow Books, 2013), Kluge: A Meditation and Other Works (Roof Books, 2007), and What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Factory School, 2006).