Carol Allen, author of Peculiar Passages: Black Women Playwrights 1975-2000 and Black Women intellectuals: Strategies of Nation, Family, and Neighborhood in the Works of Pauline Hopkins, Jessie Fauset, and Marita Bonner is Professor of English at Long Island University - Brooklyn.
Sonali Barua is a teaching consultant at Singapore Management University Centre for English Communication.
Katherine Clay Bassard, author of Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing (1999) and Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and the Bible (2010), is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Maria Rice Bellamy is Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island. Her article “More than Hunter or Prey: Duality and Traumatic Memory in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker” is forthcoming in MELUS.
Giti Chandra, author of Narrating Violence, Constructing Collective Identities, is Associate Professor of English Literature at St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India.
Soyica Diggs Colbert is Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Eileen DeFreece is Associate Professor of Humanities at Essex County College.
Nancy Gerber is author of Portrait of the Mother-Artist: Class and Creativity in Contemporary American Fiction (2003) and Losing a Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Caregiving (2007).
Octavio ("Tavi") R. Gonzalez, Assistant Professor at Wellesley College.
Shakti Jaising, Assistant Professor of English at Drew University.
Kelly Baker Josephs is an Assistant Professor at York College and also the Managing Editor of Small Axe and Editor for sx salon.
Verner Mitchell, co-author of Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle: A Biography of the Harlem Renaissance (2011), editor of This Waiting for Love: Helene Johnson, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance (2006), co-editor of Where the Wild Grape Grows: Selected Writings, 1930-1960 (2004), and Western Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance: The Life and Writings of Anita Scott Coleman (2008), is Professor of English at the University of Memphis.
Rika Nakamura, Associate Professor at Seijo University in Tokyo, Japan.
Tzarina Prater, Assistant Professor at Bentley University. Tzarina Prater's article, "Where the Rooster Legs an Egg: Transgendered Heroism in Patricia Powell's The Pagoda" is forthcoming in Small Axe.
Channette Romero is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. Her book Religion and Resistance in American Fiction by Women of Color is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press.
Michael Rubenstein is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley. He is the author of Public Works: Infrastructure, Irish Modernism, and the Postcolonial (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).
Heather Russell, author of Legba’s Crossing: Narratology in the African Atlantic, is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Director, African & African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University.
Angela Shaw-Thornburg is an Assistant Professor at South Carolina State University. She was selected as the University’s 2009-2010 Professor of the Year.
Ritashona Simpson is author of Black Looks and Black Acts: The Language of Toni Morrison in The Bluest Eye and Beloved (2007).
Anantha Sudhakar is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Samela Moodie Vasquez, author of Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon (forthcoming 2012), is Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College.
Alexander Weheliye is currently Associate Professor of English African American Studies at Northwestern. His book Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005) was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture.
Piper Kendrix Williams, Assistant Professor at The College of New Jersey, is co-editor of Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Jim Crow (2010).