Bill V. Mullen is professor of English and co-coordinator of American studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is author of Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics, 1935-1946.
James Smethurst is assistant professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African-American Poetry, 1930-1946.