A. L. Beier has been professor of history at Illinois State University since 1990, after holding a teaching post at Lancaster University (U.K.). He has published Masterless Men: the Vagrancy Problem in England, 1560-1640 (London: Methuen, 1985) and articles on early modern English society and has co-edited three books. Two of his books have been translated into Japanese. He is currently working on a history of early modern social theories.

Craig Dionne has published on Shakespeare, history of the discipline, and the early modern criminal underworld. He has co-edited three books that showcase cross-disciplinary perspectives: Disciplining English: Alternative Histories and Critical Perspectives (SUNY 2002), Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (University of Michigan Press, 2004), and Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage (Ashgate Press, 2008). He is Professor of English Literature at Eastern Michigan University, where he also works as editor of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory.

Patricia Fumerton is Professor of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is author of Unsettled: The Culture of Mobility and the Working Poor in Early Modern England (Chicago, 2006) and Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament (Chicago, 1991) as well as co-editor of Renaissance Culture and the Everyday (Pennsylvania, 1999). In addition to working on an edition of the Pepys ballads (forthcoming MERTS) and co-editing a collection of essays on early modern broadsides and ballads (forthcoming Ashgate), she is also Director of the online English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA) <http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu>.

Sandra Logan is Associate Professor of early modern English literature and culture at Michigan State University, and Director of the Global Literary and Cultural Studies research cluster at MSU. Her first book, Text/Events in Early Modern England: Poetics of History (Ashgate Publishing, 2007), engages with authorial mediation and the gap between experience and inscription in accounts of historical events. She has published essays on Shakespeare, Elizabethan historiography and drama, depictions of science in early modern drama, and early modern representations of female monarchy. Her current book-length project links silent performance on the early modern stage and in early Shakespeare films.

Martine van Elk is an Associate Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. She has published essays on Shakespeare, vagrants, and early modern women, and is co-editor of the collection Tudor Drama Before Shakespeare, 1485-1590. She is currently working on a study of Dutch and English women writers.

Linda Woodbridge is Weiss Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Her books include Women and the English Renaissance, The Scythe of Saturn: Shakespeare and Magical Thinking, and Vagrancy, Homelessness, and English Renaissance Literature. She is former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, and is currently a Guggenheim fellow.


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