DAINA RAMEY BERRY is the Oliver H. Radkey Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (2017) and “Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe”: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia (2007). She is also an award-winning editor of Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (2012) and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (coedited with Leslie Harris, 2014). Currently she is completing A Black Women’s History of the United States (coauthored with Kali Nicole Gross, 2019).
SHARON BLOCK is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Rape and Sexual Power in Early America (2006). While she was developing Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America (2018), she and Stephanie Camp regularly shared their work on the cultural histories of racialized bodies. She is honored to help bring one of Camp’s final pieces of writing to publication.
TREVOR BURNARD is Professor of History and Head of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of five monographs and numerous articles and edited works on Caribbean history. His principal publications are Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (2004); Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650–1820 (2015); and The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint Domingue and British Jamaica (with John Garrigus, 2016).
STEPHANIE M. H. CAMP (1967–2014) was a groundbreaking feminist historian of African American women’s history who held the Donald W. Logan Family Endowed Chair in American History at the University of Washington at the time of her death. Her award-winning Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South (2004) changed how scholars understand resistance, agency, and women’s lives under slavery. With Edward E. Baptist she edited New Studies in the History of American Slavery (2006). Her chapter in this book is from her unfinished book manuscript, “Black Is Beautiful: An American History,” which traces the intertwined meanings of race and beauty across American history.
CATHERINE CLINTON holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas (San Antonio). The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South appeared in 1982, and her most recent book, Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War (2016) is based on the Fleming Lectures she delivered at Louisiana State University in 2012. She is an elected member of the Society of American Historians. During 2016 she served as president of the Southern Historical Association and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is an advocate for the Cassandra Project, an initiative to raise awareness about rape culture on campus and sexual harassment in the academy.
DAVID DODDINGTON is Lecturer in North American History at Cardiff University (U.K.). He has contributed to edited collections, including Paul Lovejoy and Vanessa Oliveira, eds., Slavery, Memory, Citizenship (2016), and published in journals such as Gender and History. He is the author of Contesting Slave Masculinity in the American South (2018). His edited collection, Writing the History of Slavery, is forthcoming.
JIM DOWNS is the author of Sick from Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (2012) and Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (2016). He coedited Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation (with David Blight, 2017) and Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America (with Jennifer Brier and Jennifer L. Morgan, 2016).
THOMAS A. FOSTER is Professor of History and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Social Sciences at Howard University. He is the author or editor of six books on gender and sexuality in the United States, including Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past (2014) and Documenting Intimate Matters: Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America (2013). His latest book, The Rape of Rufus: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Enslaved Men, is forthcoming.
MARISA J. FUENTES is the Presidential Term Chair in African American History and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and History at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She is the author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (2016), which has won prizes in the fields of women’s and African American women’s history and Caribbean studies. Fuentes’s most recent publications include the coedited Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History (with Deborah Gray White, 2016) and a coedited special issue of History of the Present, “Slavery and the Archive” (with Brian Connolly, 2016). She is currently working on a book about the slave trade, capitalism, and disposability.
LESLIE M. HARRIS is Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is the author or editor of the award-winning books In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626–1863 (2003); Slavery in New York (coeditor with Ira Berlin, 2005); and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (coeditor with Daina Ramey Berry, 2014). She is currently completing a coedited volume on slavery and universities and a book on late twentieth-century New Orleans.
STEPHANIE JONES-ROGERS is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, where she specializes in African American history, women’s and gender history, and the history of American slavery. She is the author of “‘[S]he Could . . . Spare One Ample Breast for the Profit of Her Owner’: White Mothers and Enslaved Wet Nurses’ Invisible Labor in American Slave Markets,” Slavery and Abolition (April 2017); and the forthcoming Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Economy of American Slavery.
JESSICA MILLWARD is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. Millward is author of Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland (2015). She is currently working on a project that focuses on African American women’s experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence through the nineteenth century.
BIANCA PREMO is Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University. She is the author of several awarding-winning articles and books on law, childhood, and the history of women, and on enslaved and native peoples in the Spanish empire, especially Peru and Mexico. Her most recent book is The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire (2017).
BRENDA E. STEVENSON is the inaugural holder of the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair and Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her single-authored books include Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996); The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots (2013); and What Is Slavery? (2005). A past Guggenheim Fellow, she is completing a book on the black slave family in the United States from 1600 to 1860.