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Vincent M. Basso

Vincent M. Basso received his Ph.D. in American Literary Studies from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Basso works in the American long nineteenth-century and focuses on U.S. literatures after 1865. His current research analyzes the relationship between literary naturalism, disaster culture, and the uses of crises as entertainment. Dr. Basso additionally works in the areas of comics studies, environmental humanities, and critical ethnography.

Rikke Platz Cortsen

Rikke Platz Cortsen, PhD, is Danish lecturer at University of Texas, Austin where she teaches Danish language and culture. She researches space and place in comics in the Nordic countries. Her latest peer reviewed publication (done as comics) is “Aesthetics of Black Metal in Nordic Comics” in Danish Musicology Online vol. 8 2016-2017. A Danish-language version of her contribution can be found at “Kverneland og Fiske på sporet : Re-tracing som værktøj for kunstnerbiografien i tegneserier” in Kunst og Kultur 4/2017 (volum 100).

Mary J. Henderson

Mary J. Henderson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, an HBCU, in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent literature and ethnic American literature.

Emily Lauer

Emily Lauer is an associate professor of English at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. Her doctorate is from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also earned an interdisciplinary certificate in Medieval Studies. She has written about young adult dystopia, Spider-Man, maps in genre fiction, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and co-edited The Harry Potter Generation: Essays on Growing Up with the Series, published by McFarland in 2019. She is a frequent contributor to,and her current research centers on adaptations into and out of the comics form.

Jean-Matthieu Méon

Jean-Matthieu Méon has a PhD in political science and is senior lecturer in media and communication studies at the University of Lorraine. He is a member of the Centre de Recherche sur les Médiations (Crem), for which he co-directs the Praxitèle research team dedicated to arts, culture, and mediations. He has published extensively on censorship, musical amateur practices, and popular culture (comic books, pornography). His work on comics explores, in particular, the institutional, professional, and artistic dimensions of their legitimization.

Elizabeth Nijdam

Elizabeth “Biz” Nijdam is Assistant Professor in German Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2017. Biz’s current book project, Panelled Pasts: History, Media and Memory in the German Graphic Novel (under contract with Ohio State University Press), examines how comics have become an important form for popular investigations of East German experience. In addition to founding the University of Michigan’s first comics studies working group, the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop, Biz is also the Secretary for the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Forum and President of the Executive Board of the Comics Studies Society’s Graduate Student Caucus. Her recent publications include articles in The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics,World Literature Today, and International Journal of Comic Art, and chapters in the edited volume Class, Please Open Your Comics(2015) and the forthcoming books Comics of the New Europe: Intersections and Reflections with University of Leuven Press and Transnational Modern Languages: A Handbook with Liverpool University Press.

Małgorzata Olsza

Małgorzata Olsza holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and an M.A. in Art History  from Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?, Poland. Her research interests include comics, graphic novels, contemporary American art, and Modernist American Literature. Her Ph.D. thesis was devoted to the poetics of the contemporary American graphic novel.

Debarghya Sanyal

Debarghya Sanyal is a Ph.D. student at the department of English, University of Oregon. He has a keen interest in comic books, film, and television. His larger research explores the construction of a body-centric normative iconography, which feeds into the current rise of fascist tendencies in global and regional politics. To this end, he frequently questions, investigates and explores visual constructions of race and gender in comic books and other visual media.

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