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David L. Albright

David L. Albright, Ph.D., MSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work, and Director of the Center for Education and Research for Veterans and Military Families at The University of Missouri at Columbia. He is a former Army Infantry Officer. His expertise is in the evaluation of military and veteran health care services and treatments. Dr. Albright is the Managing Editor for Research on Social Work Practice and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Military Behavioral HealthJournal of the Society for Social Work and ResearchSocial Issues and Policy Review, and the Campbell Collaboration’s Social Welfare Group.

Eric Berlatsky

Eric Berlatsky is Associate Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. His first book, The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Fiction and the Ethics of Representation, is available from The Ohio State University Press. He has also edited a book of interviews with Alan Moore entitled Alan Moore: Conversations that has just been published by The University of Mississippi Press. His critical essays appear in NarrativeTwentieth-Century LiteratureThe Journal of Narrative TheoryCultural CritiqueThe Arizona QuarterlyDickens Studies Annual, and elsewhere.

Alice Claire Burrows

Claire is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University, completing a dissertation on the graphic memoir. She recently interned at Fantagraphics Books in Seattle. Claire also has a M.A. in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a certificate in Cultural Studies from Stony Brook. She is currently living and writing in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

Caroline Campbell

Dr Caroline Campbell is a Lecturer in Visual Communication Design, and a practicing illustrator. The primary topic of her investigation is the interrelationship between image and text in illustrated fiction for young adults. To date her investigation has concentrated on interrogating the representation of race, gender, exclusionist policy, and war in early modernist Australasian adventure tales. Her current research investigates the imaging of gender, fear and safety in Antarctic literature for young adults.

Anne Cirella-Urrutia

Anne Cirella-Urrutia earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, TX in 1998. Her research has appeared in literary journals in France, Spain, Turkey, Romania and the USA. She likes to promote the internationalization of Francophone children’s literature and Bande Dessinée. Cirella-Urrutia currently teaches French at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Martin de la Iglesia

Martin de la Iglesia is a librarian at Göttingen State and University Library. He received his MA in Art History and Library Science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2007. Since his Master’s thesis, his research interests have been in the reception and geography of comics, as well as in art historical theory and methodology. His articles have appeared in International Journal of Comic ArtCLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, and Kunstgeschichte. Open Peer Reviewed Journal.

Andrew J. Friedenthal

Andrew J. Friedenthal is a PhD candidate in the American Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently at work on his dissertation, a cultural and literary history of mainstream superhero comic book crossovers and continuity. His other interests (both academic and personal at the same time) include theme parks, immersive environments/entertainment, and karaoke.

Christopher J. Hayton

Christopher J. Hayton, MSW, is a doctoral student and adjunct faculty member at the Florida State University College of Social Work, and also works as a substance abuse and mental health counselor. His social work research interest is in the field of child protection reform. His popular culture research interest focuses on the use of comic books as primary sources of social history, particularly that of racial integration, and of feminism and the image of the working woman.

David Kunzle

David Kunzle, Professor of Art History at UCLA, is an acknowledged expert in the study of the works of Rodolphe Töpffer, who pioneered the field of comic strip creation in the nineteenth century. He has published two recent books on the subject, Father of the Comic Strip : Rodolphe Töpffer (2007) and Rodolphe Töpffer : the Complete Comic Strips (2007). Kunzle is also the author of The History of the Comic Strip, a multivolume text widely hailed for breaking new ground in comics scholarship.

Christina Meyer

Up until recently Christina Meyer has worked as assistant professor in American Studies at the University of Osnabrück. Between 2005 and 2011, she held positions at the English Departments of the universities of Hannover, Oldenburg, and Göttingen. Christina Meyer holds a PhD in American literature and culture. Her dissertation—published in 2008—is titled War & Trauma Images in Vietnam War Representations. Presently she is assistant professor and research associate in the English Department at the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany.

Her main fields of interest include comics scholarship/comics studies and popular culture, visual culture, U.S. American literature and culture from the late 19th to the 21st centuries, literary and cultural theories, war literatures, trauma theory.

Christina Meyer is an associated member of the Research Unit “Popular Seriality—Aesthetics and Practice” and is working on a DFG-funded book project entitled “Series of Multimodal Forms of Narration: The Yellow Kid Newspaper Comics of the Nineteenth Century.”

Laura Perna

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.

Paul Petrovic

Paul Petrovic is a Ph.D. candidate in Northern Illinois University’s English program. His dissertation examines the intersection of gender, trauma, historical memory, and representation in Hiroshima and 9/11 media. His essays have been published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, the collection Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic NovelsStudies in American Naturalism, and Asian Cinema.

John Porcellino

John Porcellino is the creator of the self-published zine, King-Cat Comics, and author of Perfect Example (2000), Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man (winner of the 2005 Ignatz award) and Thoreau at Walden. His short comic, “Chemical Plant/Another World” (part of the Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man series) appeared on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and was collected in Harvey Pekar and Elizabeth Moore’s 2006 Best American Comics anthology.

Katherine Shaeffer

Katherine Shaeffer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida specializing in Medieval/Renaissance literature and Comics Studies. She is also the current Production Editor for ImageTexT.

David Steiling

David Steiling is the Literature Coordinator and full-time faculty member for the Program in Liberal Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design. Dr. Steiling is a comix scholar whose teaching responsibilities include the Literature of Comics and the Graphic Narrative, Writing for Comics, and Creative Writing for Installation and Performance. He is the facilitator for the Cosmix Project.

Gregory Steirer

Gregory Steirer received his Ph.D. in English in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in contemporary media and 20th-cetnury British literature. He has taught classes on Shakespeare, film history, literary and cinematic realism, audio culture, media industries, and television genre. He also edits the blog, Cultural Production, which publishes general-audience oriented work on convergence culture, media studies and the digital humanities.

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