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Matthew Calihman is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of English at Missouri State University. He has published articles on Amiri Baraka and John A. Williams. Among his current projects is a study of African American intellectuals’ engagement with cultural pluralist thought.
Tracy Floreani is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Oklahoma City University. She served as the head of Oklahoma City’s citywide steering committee for the Ralph Ellison Centennial. She is the author of Fifties Ethnicities: The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury and is currently working on a biography of Fanny McConnell Ellison.
A Yęmisi Jimoh
Yęmisi Jimoh is Professor of African American Literature and Culture in the Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a cultural analyst with a foundation in critical race studies. Her publications include articles, reviews, and essays in a number of scholarly journals, These Truly are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship (co-editor), and Spiritual, Blues, and Jazz People in African American Fiction, which includes a chapter—“These (Blackness of Blackness) Blues”—with a section on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. She was the President of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) from 2012-2015 and is a member of the editorial board (since 2003) for its journal MELUS.