Christiane Bongartz is Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Cologne in Germany. She has taught at several American universities and lectured internationally on research related to language learning in bilingual settings. Her publications include Noun Combination in Interlanguage, Languages across Curriculum (cowritten and forthcoming), and numerous articles in anthologies and in journals such as the International Journal of English Studies, Modern Language Journal, and Southern Journal of Linguistics. She has also served on the boards of several scholarly organizations, including the European Second Language Association and Europaische Rechtslinguistik. Esther Gilman Richey is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She specializes in Renaissance literature and culture and is the author of The Politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance. Her many articles have appeared in English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature, Southern Journal of Linguistics, and Journal of English and Germanic Philology.
Elizabeth Gargano is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, where her primary interests are Victorian literature and culture, children's literature, the novel, and women's literature and feminist theory. She is the author of Reading Victorian Schoolrooms: Childhood and Education in Nineteenth-Century Fiction and articles in Women's Studies, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Children's Literature, Studies in English Literature, and other journals. She received the Sara Henderson Hay Prize for Poetry and the Willow Review Annual Prize for Fiction and has presented papers at professional conferences on topics as diverse as video-game images of Iraq and linear and errant trains of thought in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend.
Anne K. Phillips is Associate Professor of English and Assistant Head of the English Department at Kansas State University. Her research and teaching interests include American children's and adolescent literature. She is the author of numerous articles and essays and the coeditor of Children's Literature: Volume 21 in the Children's Literature Series and The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia. Currently, she is coediting the Norton Critical Edition of Alcott's Little Women. Her professional activities include having served as president of the Children's Literature Association and chair of the Modern Language Association Division of Children's Literature.
Jan Susina is Professor of English at Illinois State University where he specializes in adolescent and children's literature and culture, as well as in Victorian literature and culture. He is the author of The Place of Lewis Carroll in Children's Literature and has written chapters in a number of books, including Critical Approaches to Food in Children's Literature, The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Myazaki, and Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading. In addition, his essays have appeared in Marvels and Tales, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, The Lion and the Unicorn, Jabberwocky, and other journals.
Mark I. West is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has written nearly a dozen books, including Trust Your Children: Voices Against Censorship in Children's Literature; Psychoanalytic Responses to Children's Literature; Children, Culture, and Controversy; and Before Oz: Juvenile Fantasy Stories from Nineteenth- Century America. His articles have appeared in, among others, The Dragon Lode, South Carolina Review, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Journal of Children's Literature. He is former president of the Children's Literature Association and currently book review editor of its Children's Literature Association Quarterly.