Roger Daniels is Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History in the University of Cincinnati. He has written widely on Asian Americans and immigration. His most recent major works are Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II. (2nd ed., 2004) and Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants (2004). He is currently completing a political biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Karsten Fitz is Professor of American Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany. His dissertation, Negotiating History and Culture: Transculturation in Contemporary Native American Fiction, was published in 2001 (Lang). Fitz has also published essays on Native American Literature and nineteenth-century visual culture in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Amerikastudien / American Studies, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, and various conference volumes. His upcoming book, The American Revolution Remembered, 1830s to 1850s: Competing Images and Conflicting Narratives, will be published in the American Studies Monograph Series (Winter).
Peter Freese is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Paderborn. He has taught at the universities of Kiel, Münster and Osnabrück in Germany and several universities in Great Britain, the United States and Hungary. He has written and edited over forty books from Die Initiationsreise (1971; rpt. 1998) and ‘America’: Dream or Nightmare? Reflections on a Composite Image (1990; 3rd enl. ed. 1994) to From Apocalypse to Entropy and Beyond: The Second Law of Thermodynamics in Post-War American Fiction (1997), and, with Charles Harris, eds., The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction (2004; 2nd ed., 2006), and 190 articles in journals and critical anthologies. He is the editor of “Texts for English and American Studies,” “Arbeiten zur Amerikanistik,” “Paderborner Universitätsreden,” and “Viewfinder.” He is currently completing a monograph on Kurt Vonnegut’s novels.
Markus Heide is Assistant Professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. In 2007 and 2008 he was a visiting scholar at McMaster University, Hamilton (Ontario), Canada. His publications include articles on Herman Melville, the history of Pan-Americanism, and U.S.-Latino cinema, as well as a monograph on Cultural Contact in Chicano/a Literature (2004) and a book on The History of Canadian Film (2006, with Claudia Kotte). His current research project focuses on American travel writing of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Peter Schneck is Professor for American Literature and Culture at the Institute for English and American Studies, University of Osnabrück. From 1997 to 2006 he was Assistant Professor at the Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. He studied Media and Communication Studies and American Studies at the Free University Berlin and Yale University and received his Ph.D. at the FU Berlin in 1996. He has been research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Irvine. Publications include: Iconographies of Power. The Politics and Poetics of Visual Representation (co-ed., 2003); Bilder der Erfahrung. Kulturelle Wahrnehmung im amerikanischen Realismus (1998); Hyperkultur. Zur Fiktion des Computerzeitalters (co-ed., 1996); and articles on literature and visual art, media history, cultural studies, and law and literature. He also co-edits the online magazine “PhiN.Philologie im Netz” <http://www.phin.de>.