Maryemma Graham, Ph.D.,
professor at University of Kansas, is a leading scholar on Margaret Walker Alexander. Her current project is the Cambridge History of the African American Novel.
Colby Kullman, Ph.D.,
professor at University of Mississippi, is editor of Theatre Companies of the World and co-editor of Studies in American Dreams, 1945 to present. He has for years led Tennessee Williams tours.
Noel Polk, Ph. D.,
professor of English at Mississippi State University and editor of The Southern Quarterly, specializes in Mississippi writers. His most recent book is Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition.
Peggy Prenshaw, Ph. D., Humanities Scholar in Residence at Millsaps College has written a number of books on Eudora Welty, Southern cultural history and women writers. She formally held the Eudora Welty Chair of Literature.
Jerry Ward, Ph.D.,
distinguished scholar and professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University, is a recognized authority on Richard Wright, selected to write the introduction to the latest re-issue of Black Boy.
Alferdteen B. Harrison, Ph. D.
Director of the Margaret Walker Alexander Research Institute at Jackson State University and author of Black Exodus: The Great Migration from the American South.