Keagan LeJeune is an Associate Professor of Folklore and English at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His research interests include the outlaw figure, Louisiana folklore, and Louisiana’s Neutral Strip.
Kurt Hemmer is Associate Professor of English at Harper College, Palatine, IL, USA. He received his PhD in American literature at Washington State University. His article “The Prostitute Speaks: Brenda Frazer’s Troia: Mexican Memoirs” was published in Paradoxa 18: Fifties Fictions (2003). He wrote the award-winning documentaries As We Cover the Streets: Janine Pommy Vega (Harper, 2003) and Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure (Harper, 2005), both produced by Tom Knoff. He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature (Facts On File, 2007).
Kristen A. Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the pro-choice National Abortion Federation. Her current research focuses on the regionalist and nationalist narratives associated with and produced by industrial heritage sites and historical tourism in Rhode Island.
Linda Rohrer Paige, Professor of English, teaches literature and women’s studies courses at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. With special interests in women’s literature, southern literature, and film, she is co-editor of Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in Literary History and Criticism, University of Alabama Press (2002). Paige served as Editor of Studies in American Culture, from 2001-2004, and has published in various journals, including The Literature/Film Quarterly, Papers on Language & Literature, Studies in Short Fiction, and Journal of Popular Film and Television.
Mary Elizabeth Strunk is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Ten Most Wanted: Outlaw Women Who Changed Film History and the FBI.
Eva-Sabine Zehelein teaches American literature, culture and history at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She wrote her PhD thesis on John Updike’s Rabbit-novels, and is currently preparing a book on “science plays”. Her additional research is in the fields of “The Early Republic”, popular culture, and the 21st century novel.
Rachel Patrick Conover received her M.A. in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University, and is currently working in video production in Los Angeles. Previous publications include Raining Blood: Apocalyptic Visions in Extreme Metal (Over The Edge: Pushing the Boundaries of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2007).
Ryan Sheeler is an adjunct instructor in the Music Department at Iowa State University, where he co-teaches The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He is also on the faculty at the Iowa School of Rock. He holds the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Iowa State, where he studied with music with David Stuart, Jeffrey Prater, Michael Golemo, and James Hannon, as well as creative writing with Debra Marquart and Neal Bowers. He is co-author of From Bakersfield to Beale Street: A Regional History of American Rock ‘n’ Roll with David Stuart (Kendall-Hunt, 2006). He is a noted composer, arranger and songwriter who has received awards from ASCAP, The Iowa Motion Picture Association, and The Paramount Group of Nashville Tennessee. His debut solo CD Prayers and Promises was released in late 2006.
Martin Dines received a PhD (English Literature) in 2006 for his thesis entitled Homecoming Queens: Gay Suburban Narratives in British and American Film and Fiction, from Kingston University, London, where he currently lectures in Media and Cultural Studies.
Teresa Paschke is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University in Ames where she teaches in the Integrated Studio Arts program. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from the University of Kansas. Her artwork has been featured in many national and international exhibitions as well as in American Craft magazine, FIBERARTS magazine, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, FIBERARTS Design Book Six and FIBERARTS Design Book Seven.