Contributions: Molly Ball
Molly Ball is a Post-Doctoral Associate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has published on women’s slave narratives, seduction novels, and pedagogy, and her work has appeared in journals such as ESQ and Early American Literature. She is currently revising a book length project titled “Writing out of Time,” which examines how nineteenth-century populations deemed to have “no future” within the progressing nation both represent and dispute that temporal status through experiments with forward-moving narrative forms.
Contributions: Nancy Bentley
Nancy Bentley is Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include The Ethnography of Manners and Frantic Panoramas: Mass Culture and American Literature, 1870–1920. She coauthored Volume 3 of The Cambridge History of American Literature (2005) and is currently writing a book entitled “New World Kinship and American Literature,” a study of the way the novel and other genres mediated the multiple forms of kinship in the Americas in the nineteenth century.
Contributions: Tess Chakkalakal
Tess Chakkalakal is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth- Century America. She is the coeditor of Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs and Imperium in Imperio by Sutton E. Griggs: A Critical Edition. She is currently at work on a biography of Charles W. Chesnutt, a portion of which has been published in J19. She serves on the editorial team for The Complete Writings of Charles W. Chesnutt, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Contributions: Sarah E. Chinn
Sarah E. Chinn is Professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY. She is the author of three books: Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body as Evidence (2000); Inventing Modern Adolescence: Th e Children of Immigrants in Turn-of-the-Century America (2007); and Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage (2017), which won the 2017 George Freedley Prize for Outstanding Work of Theatre History; as well as a scholarly edition, Nine Plays of Early America (Early American Reprints, 2018). Her work has appeared in such journals as American Literature, Signs, GLQ, WSQ, and Nineteenth-Century Literature. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores representations of amputation during Reconstruction, especially as deployed by white antiracist radicals.
Contributions: Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is the author of Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgée and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson (2006). The book won the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians. He also coedited Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion Tourgée (2010) with John David Smith. His current research focuses on ideas of human rights and American nationalism in the nineteenth century.
Contributions: John Ernest
John Ernest is Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Delaware. He is the author or editor of twelve books and over forty journal articles and book chapters. His books include Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861 (2004); Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History (2009); A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African American Communities before the Civil War (2011); The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative (2014); Douglass in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates (2014); and Race in American Literature and Culture (2022). With Joycelyn K. Moody, he serves as editor of Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture, a series devoted to undervalued works by early African American writers.
Contributions: Annemarie Mott Ewing
Annemarie Mott Ewing is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation, “Citizenship and the Counterfactual Imagination: Race, Exclusion, and Redress in the Literature of the Long Reconstruction,” explores the way Reconstruction writings use the counterfactual to depict the undecided, malleable nature of citizenship.
Contributions: Jennifer Rae Greeson
Jennifer Rae Greeson is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature (2010) and coeditor of Keywords for Southern Studies (2016) and of the Norton Critical Edition of Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories (2011).
Contributions: Sandra M. Gustafson
Sandra M. Gustafson is Professor of English and Concurrent Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, as well as a faculty affiliate of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and a Faculty Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She is the author of Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic and Eloquence Is Power: Oratory and Performance in Early America and editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. A.
Contributions: Mary Hale
Mary B. Hale is Assistant Director of Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she wrote a dissertation titled “Democratic Conventions: The Form of Politics in the Gilded Age.” She has won numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society to support her work on Henry Adams. Her work has appeared in journals such as American Literature and the New Americanist. Her current project is a consideration of the political fiction of Ellen Glasgow in the post-Populist South.
Contributions: DeLisa D. Hawkes
DeLisa D. Hawkes is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies specializing in African American literature and an affiliate faculty of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently working on her first book project, which examines representations of Black and Indigenous relationships in African American print culture and their impact on narratives of racial identity and kinship in the United States. Her work has appeared in J19, MELUS, Langston Hughes Review, Studies in the Fantastic, North Carolina Literary Review, and 21st Century US Historical Fiction: Contemporary Responses to the Past (2020).
Contributions: Christine Holbo
Christine Holbo is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. Her work investigates the intersections of law, literature, philosophy, and politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the author of Legal Realisms: Th e American Novel under Reconstruction (Oxford, 2019), which explores the transformation of the realist novel in the age of the Fourteenth Amendment. Her publications on literary realism, poetic and novelistic modernism, and sentimental aesthetics have appeared in journals including ELH, American Literary History, American Literary Realism, and Early American Literature.
Contributions: Carolyn Karcher
Carolyn L. Karcher is Professor Emerita of English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the author of A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight against White Supremacy (2016) and the editor of Tourgée’s novel Bricks without Straw. She is also the author of The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child (1994) and Shadow over the Promised Land: Slavery, Race, and Violence in Melville’s America (1980).
Contributions: Almas Khan
Almas Khan is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She is a literary and legal historian who analyzes how intellectual movements in law and literature have shaped conceptions of US citizenship since the Civil War. Khan’s work draws on her PhD in English from the University of Virginia and her JD with a concentration in constitutional history from the University of Chicago. Her current book project, “An Intellectual Reconstruction: American Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Formation of Citizenship,” construes legal realism (a progenitor of critical race theory) in relation to literary realism. Her work has appeared in the anthology Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature and Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.
Contributions: Gregory Laski
Gregory Laski is the author of Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress after Slavery (2018), which won the American Literature Association’s 2019 Pauline E. Hopkins Society Scholarship Award. Formerly a visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, Laski is currently a civilian Associate Professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy. A Mellon Fellow at the Newberry Library in 2021–2022, he is at work on a new book project: an intellectual history of revenge in the long Reconstruction era. An overview of the study’s primary argument appeared in the December 2019 number of American Literature; this article was awarded the journal’s Norman Foerster Prize for best essay of the year as well as the 1921 Prize, given annually by the American Literature Society.
Contributions: Alex Zweber Leslie
Alex Zweber Leslie received his PhD from Rutgers University in 2021. His book project, “Reading Regions: American Literature and Cultural Geography, 1865–1925,” shows how extensive regional differences in circulation and reception shaped authorial production and the literary marketplace. His work has appeared in American Literary History and J19.
Contributions: Robert Levine
Robert S. Levine is Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. His recent books are The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson; Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies; and The Lives of Frederick Douglas. Levine is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature and the editor and co- editor of a number of volumes.
Contributions: Brook Thomas
Brook Thomas is Chancellor’s Professor, Emeritus, at the University of California, Irvine. A scholar of law and literature, he has written about Tourgée for thirty years, including in Plessy v. Ferguson: A Brief History with Documents (1997); American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract (1999); Civic Myths: A Law and Literature Approach to Citizenship (2007); and, most recently, The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White (2017), which won the 2018 C. Hugh Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. His essay “Albion W. Tourgée on Race, Class, and Caste” is forthcoming in ELH.
Contributions: Kenneth Warren
Kenneth W. Warren is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is the author of What Was African American Literature? (2010); So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (2003); and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (1993) and coeditor of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Material and Ideological Foundations of African American Thought (2010); Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (2013); and Imperium in Imperio by Sutton E. Griggs: A Critical Edition (2022).