Maurice Wallace is associate professor of English at Rutgers. His fields of expertise include African American literature and cultural studies, nineteenth-century American literature, the history and representation of American slavery, and gender studies. He is the author ofConstructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men’s Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, a book on the history of black manhood in African American letters and culture, and is co-editor with Shawn Michelle Smith of a volume of scholarly articles on early photography and African American identity entitled Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African-American Identity. His King’s Vibrato: Blackness, Modernism, and the Sonic Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Professor Wallace has served on the editorial boards for American Literature and Yale Journal of Criticism and is a contributing editor to James Baldwin Review. His current research and writing agendas include a monograph on the religious life and leanings of Frederick Douglass.
Nathan Jérémie-Brinkis the L. Russell Feakes Assistant Professor of the History of Global Christianity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is a historian of religion in the Atlantic World and the early US republic and also a co-organizer and convener of the Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group. His research and teaching interests include the history of Christianity and slavery, revolution and resistance in Haiti and the Black Atlantic, and African American activism and print culture. He earned his PhD in History from Loyola University Chicago. His current book project examines how early-nineteenth-century African American activists, clergy, and leaders of civic organizations used print to challenge slavery and advance Black empowerment. His work has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Louisville Institute, and a number of other leading foundations and research institutions. He is passionate about public engagement and digital humanities, and co-directs the The SHELTER Project. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and facilitates discussions of antiracism, the history of Christianity and slavery, and considerations of reparations in faith communities.