Contributors to Volume 30, No 1

W. Oliver Baker

W. Oliver Baker is a PhD candidate in the English department at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the intersecting histories of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, white supremacy, and class in American literature and culture. In particular, his dissertation demonstrates how on the nation’s margins the minor literary narratives of Native, Mexican, and African American writers from 1848-1940 narrate the structural limits and impossibilities of white settler society that the major works of realism, naturalism, and modernism conceal.

Larry Alan Busk

Larry Alan Busk is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Oregon. His work has appeared in Constellations and Sartre Studies International, and will appear in Philosophy Today and Rethinking Marxism. He is currently writing a dissertation on Arendt, democracy, and critical theory.

Matthew Gannon

Matthew Gannon is a PhD student in English at Boston College. He works on British and American modernism, critical theory, and continental philosophy. His current research investigates the politics of aesthetics at the theoretical intersection of Marxism and psychoanalysis.

Daniel Hartley

Daniel Hartley (PhD, 2014) studied at the University of Cardiff, the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. He is the author of The Politics of Style: Towards a Marxist Poetics (2017) and co-editor of Emergent Forms of Life in Anglophone Literature (2015). He is on the Comité editorial of the French online journal of Marxist theory, Revue Période. He has published widely on Marxist theory and contemporary literature. He is currently working on two book projects: a postcolonial theory of personhood and a study of refugees in contemporary world literature. Postal Address: School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK. E-mail: D.J.Hartley at

Ruth Jennison

Ruth Jennison is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of The Zukofsky Era: Modernity, Margins, and the Avant-Garde (Johns Hopkins, 2012) and articles and book chapters on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American poetics, Marxism, and the political economies of literary form. Her current book project, Figurative Capital: American Poetry and the World System, explores the relationships between poetry, combined and uneven development, and revolutionary politics.

Joseph G. Ramsey

Joseph G. Ramsey is editor of a special volume of Works and Days, titled “Scholactivism: Reflections on Transforming Praxis in and beyond the Classroom” (available at He teaches in the English and American Studies departments at UMass Boston, where he is deeply involved in union and social movement organizing. His work has appeared recently in Jacobin as well as Inside Higher Ed, and in the book volume Lineages of the Literary Left. Joe is presently at work on a manuscript entitled, Red Beyond Black and White: The Critical Communism of Richard Wright. He can be reached directly at jgramsey at

George Porter Thomas

George Porter Thomas is a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, where he recently completed his dissertation. He wrote this piece last year while on an exchange fellowship at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz in Germany. His research focuses on the intersection of temporality and history in twentieth- and twenty-first-century authors of what he calls “temporal novels” — William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, and Toni Morrison. His study of Faulknerian temporality is forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly.