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JENNIFER DEVERE BRODY is Professor of African and African American Studies and Theatre Studies at Duke University where she teaches cultural and performance studies, gender and sexuality as well as film and literary studies. She is the author of Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture (Duke University Press, 1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play (Duke University Press, 2008). Support for her work has come from the Ford Foundation, the British Society for Theatre Research and the Monette/Horwitz Trust for Independent Research to combat homophobia. Her research on race, visual culture and African American studies has appeared in Callaloo, Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly and in many edited volumes. Before joining the faculty at Duke, Prof. Brody was the Weinberg College Board of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor at Northwestern University. She was also the President of the Women and Theatre Program.

MARY FLOYD-WILSON is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of English Ethnicity and Race in Early Modern Drama. She has co-edited two collections of essays: Reading the Early Modern Passions with Gail Kern Paster and Katherine Rowe and Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern in Early Modern England with Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. She is currently finishing a project tentatively entitled Secret Sympathies: Science, Emotion, and the Occult on the Shakespearean Stage.

MICHAEL HANCHARD is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor in the Political Science Department of Johns Hopkins University. A scholar of comparative politics specializing in nationalism, social movements, racial hierarchy, and citizenship, Hanchard co-dirercts the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship program at JHU's Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. His books include Orpheus and Power: Afro-Brazilian Social Movements in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1945-1988 (1994) (listed in Brazil as one of the top ten books by foreign researchers about racism in Brazil) and Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought (2006). Hanchard has done fieldwork in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Colombia, Ghana, Italy and Jamaica, and has been the recipient of grants from the Ford, MacArthur and Mellon foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities.

RUTH HILL is a professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia, where she also regularly teaches transamerican courses on race in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for the American Studies program. She has authored two books (Sceptres and Sciences in the Spains [2000] and Hierarchy, Commerce, and Fraud in Bourbon Spanish America [2005]), edited a volume on critical race studies and the Spanish World (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies: "Categories and Crossings" [2009]), and penned numerous essays on race, journalism, rhetoric and poetics, and the history of science in early modern Spain and Latin America. Currently she is working on the relations between folkbiology, natural history, and human diversity from the middle ages to the eighteenth century, and on a book about the history of Aryanism in the Americas tentatively titled "Aztecs, Incas, and Other White Men: A Hemispheric History of Hate, ca. 1830-2005."

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