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Juda Bennett

Juda Bennett is Associate Professor of English at The College of New Jersey. He is the author of numerous essays on racial passing and the closet, a monograph entitled The Passing Figure: Racial Confusion in Modern American Literature, poetry and short stories. He is currently working on a memoir about gestational surrogacy and fatherhood.

Brandy Ball Blake

Brandy Ball Blake is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include Victorian Literature, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Trauma and Media Theories, and Children’s Literature.

Frank Bramlett

Frank Bramlett is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He teaches linguistics courses for the English Department as well as Foreign Languages, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies. His research explores the relationships between language and identity, which is now extending into comics scholarship, particularly from the perspective of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. He recently co-authored a study about audience perceptions of straight and gay male characters in movies, which has been accepted at the Journal of Homosexuality, and he is currently at work on a manuscript about language and identity in Afro Samurai.

Theo Finigan

Theo Finigan is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His research focuses primarily on critical theory, postmodernism, and the representation of history in contemporary fiction. He is currently completing a dissertation that examines the figure of the archive in novels by Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and Don DeLillo.

Terry Harpold

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.

Casandra Jackson

Cassandra Jackson is an Associate Professor of English at The College of New Jersey. She is the author of ‘Barriers Between Us’: Interracial Sex in 19th Century American Literature (Indiana University Press, 2004). Her research and teaching focuses on nineteenth-century American fiction with special interests in African-American literature and visual culture. She is currently working on a book entitled Wounding Black Men: Violence and Visuality.

DT Kofoed

DT Kofoed is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature at Michigan State University, following a BA in English and History from the University of South Dakota. His primary research project is periodizing the modern/postmodern split in the American superhero genre, along with interest in the graphic nature of text in general, from comics to film and the plain printed page. Other recent work in comics includes chairing a panel on identity and politics in the works of Frank Miller, for which he also presented, at the 2009 Midwest Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association (MCPA/ACA) Conference in Detroit.

Richard Mann

Professor of Art (Art History Area) at San Francisco State University, Richard Mann has wide ranging research interests, including Queer Art History, the Arts of Spain, and the History of Prints. He has published numerous articles on various topics in queer history and visual culture, and he is currently preparing a global and inclusive history of queer contributions to the visual arts. Among his other publications are /El Greco y sus patronos /(Akal), /Northern European and Spanish Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago/ (Yale), and /Politics in Prints/ (University of Oregon).

Aaron Mauro

Aaron Mauro is a doctoral student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is currently researching the role of the tragedy in American fiction.

Benjamin Stevens

Benjamin Stevens (PhD University of Chicago, BA Reed College) has published on classical Latin literature, linguistic thought, sensorial anthropology, and philosophy of mind; he has also published poetry, and serves on the board of directors of the Contemporary A Cappella Society. Since 2005 he has advised an annual symposium on comics featuring undergraduate research and art. In 2009 he was awarded a grant to design and teach “Reading Comics: an introduction to comics as literature” at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is assistant professor of Classical Studies at Bard College, and may be contacted at

Julia Wang

Julia Wang is a Creative Writing M.F.A. at American University as well as a Children’s Literature M.A. at Hollins University. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in General Business from University of Maryland–College Park. Currently she is working on a novella about the immigration experience as well as a young adult novel.

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