Tania Darlington is a doctoral student in English Literature with an emphasis on cultural and media studies at the University of Florida. She is the co-author of “The Power of Truth: Gender and Sexuality in Manga” in Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives, edited by Toni Johnson-Woods. Her dissertation considers the ways in which fandom has inflected mainstream adaptational practices.
Andréa Gilroy is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. She studies twentieth century and contemporary American and Japanese literature, with a specific interest in the problems of narrative in comics and genre fiction.
Terry Harpold is an Associate Professor of English, Film & Media Studies at the University of Florida. His book Ex-foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2008. He is currently working on several short-form projects on late 19th and 20th century illustrated imaginative fiction and science fiction film and comics adaptations.
Franny Howes is an MA student at Michigan State University studying Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing, who will be beginning a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech in Fall 2010. She has been working on the connection between comics and indigenous rhetorics since 2006. She also publishes a mini-comic series entitled “Oh Shit, I’m in Grad School” that is set to overtake PhD Comics in popularity in the year 2015.
Aaron Kashtan is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Florida. His dissertation focuses on the interaction of handwriting with computer graphics. He co-organized the 2009 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Convergences: Comics, Culture and Globalization.” He is currently editing a special issue of ImageTexT on the topic “Invisible Art: Lettering, Publication Design and Other Invisible Elements of Comics.”
Rex Krueger is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida. His interests include media studies, film, word and image, comics, popular music and American Literature.
Alison Mandaville teaches comics, women’s studies and creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. Her articles on comics have appeared in The International Journal of Comics Literature, The Comics Journal, Philology and the book Teaching the Graphic Novel. She received a Fulbright lectureship to Azerbaijan in 2007-08 where she explored contemporary literature and comic art of the region. In June 2010, she returned to Azerbaijan through a follow-on Fulbright grant to offer a creative writing workshop to Azerbaijani women writers and gather materials for further research in literature and comics. She is currently finishing an article for a book collection on comics and the Southern U.S. and editing a collection of contemporary Azerbaijani women’s fiction and poetry to be published in 2011.
Philip Nel is Professor of English and Director of the Program in Children’s Literature at Kansas State University. His most recent book is Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2008), co-edited with Julia Mickenberg.
Native Texan Laura Perna received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MA in Italian studies from New York University, where she wrote her thesis on contemporary Italian comics. Currently, she resides in Austin, where she works in the non-profit sector and continues to write and speak about Italian, American, and British comics as often as she can get away with.
Sarah N. Petrovic
Sarah N. Petrovic is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation examines the relationship between space and identity in contemporary British film and literature. She is currently working on an article about psychogeography in the works of Shane Meadows to be included in the first edited collection on the director.
Derek Parker Royal
Derek Parker Royal is the founder and executive editor of Philip Roth Studies. His essays on American literature and graphic narrative have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals. He is the editor of Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author (Praeger, 2005) and the soon-to-be-published Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Fiction (Purdue UP, 2011). He is currently working on two book manuscripts, The Hernandez Brothers: Conversations (UP of Mississippi, 2011) and Coloring America, a collection of essays on multi-ethnic American comics.
Joel Peter Simundich is a student at the University of Florida. He is finishing his MA in English, specializing in subjectivity and gender in Late-Victorian and Edwardian literatures. His thesis, entitled “Writing Beyond Divorce: Conventions of Female Representation in the Edwardian Novel,” explores the “dual traumas” of divorce and war on narrative; in novels principally about the failure of representation, female subjects are repurposed as conduits to recovering subjectivities obscured by changing narrative devices. He is currently co-authoring an article about masculinity and soldiering for future publication.
Anastasia Ulanowicz is an assistant professor of English at the University of Florida, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on children’s literature and critical theory.
Phillip E. Wegner
Phillip E. Wegner is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in the Department of English at the University of Florida. He is the author of Life Between Two Deaths, 1989-2001: U.S. Culture in the Long Nineties (Duke University Press, 2009) and Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (University of California Press, 2002). He is currently completing two new book manuscripts: “Periodizing Jameson; or, The Adventures of Theory in Post-Contemporary Times” and “Ontologies of the Possible: Science Fiction, Utopia, and Globalization.”