Lawrence I. Berkove is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a past president of the Mark Twain Circle. He has published extensively on Twain and his Sagebrush School associates. His most recent book, co-authored with Joseph Csicsila, is Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain, published in 2010 by the University of Iowa Press.
John Bird is Professor of English at Winthrop University. He is the author of Mark Twain and Metaphor (Missouri, 2007), and he was the founding editor of The Mark Twain Annual.
Joseph Csicsila is Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University. He is author of Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies (2002), co-editor of Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain's No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger (2009), and co-author of Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain (2010).
Kerry Driscoll is a Professor of English at St. Joseph College in Connecticut. She received a 2007-2008 faculty fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book manuscript in progress, Mark Twain among the Indians, examining the writer's conflicted attitudes toward, and representations of, Native Americans.
Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Stanford University, is the author, editor or co-editor of over 40 books including, in 2009-2010, The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works, Mark Twain's Book of Animals, Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture (a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2010) and the paperback edition of The Oxford Mark Twain.
Susan K. Harris is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Kansas. Her book-length publications include Annie Adams Fields, Mary Gladstone Drew, and the Work of the Late 19th-Century Hostess (2002); The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain (1996); 19th-Century American Women's Novels: Interpretive Strategies (1990); and Mark Twain's Escape from Time: A Study of Patterns and Images (1982). In addition to numerous articles in journals and collections, she has edited Kate Douglas Wiggins’Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (2005), Catherine Maria Sedgwick's A New-England Tale (2003), Mark Twain's Adventures of HuckleberryFinn (2000); Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Minister's Wooing (1999); and Mark Twain: Historical Romances (1994). God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, a book-length study of the role of religion in the debates over the annexation of the Philippines, is scheduled for publication in 2011.
Michael J. Kiskis is the Leonard Tydings Grant Professor of American Literature at Elmira College, Elmira, NY. He is the editor of Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review, now in its second edition (from University of Wisconsin Press). He is also co-editor of Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship (Missouri, 2001).
Takyo Kubo is Associate Professor of American Literature at Kanazawa University in Japan. His research interest focuses mainly on interpreting Mark Twain's works from the viewpoint of masculinity studies.
Nathan Leahy is a PhD candidate in English at Northwestern University specializing in late 19th and 20th century American literature. His dissertation focuses on narratives of financial panics and related economic crises in American fiction from 1893 through the Great Depression and how they tie in with ongoing debates over U.S. imperialism and national identity.
Jennifer L. Lieberman is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in English with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois. Her dissertation is entitled, “Power Lines: Electric Networks and the American Literary Imagination.”An interdisciplinary scholar, she has held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institute Dibner Library, the Bakken Library and Museum, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
Kevin Mac Donnell received his MLS from the University of Texas, and has been involved in rare books as a collector and bookseller since 1968, establishing Mac Donnell Rare Books in 1986. He co-edited Mark Twain's Rubyiat (1983) with Alan Gribben, and contributed several articles to the Mark Twain Encyclopedia (1993). His personal Mark Twain collection is the largest in private hands, numbering approximately 8,000 items. He is currently at work on a facsimile edition of Mark Twain's annotations in William Lecky's History of European Morals, a major source book for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and other writings.
Bruce Michelson is Professor of English and Director of the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois, and Past President of the Mark Twain Circle. His most recent book is Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution (2006); his other books include Literary Wit (2000) and Mark Twain on the Loose: A Comic Writer and the American Self (1995).
Tom Quirk is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the author or editor of six books on Mark Twain. He is the recipient of the John Tuckey Award for Lifetime Achievement and Contributions to Mark Twain Studies.
Gary Scharnhorst is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is also the editor of American Literary Realism and editor in alternating years of the research annual American Literary Scholarship.
Laura Skandera Trombley is the fifth president of Pitzer College, now in the ninth year of her presidency. Previous to joining Pitzer College, Trombley earned tenure in three years as an associate professor of English at SUNY Potsdam and held several administrative posts including assistant provost. In four more years, she was named full professor and dean of the faculty and vice president of academic affairs at Coe College. Dr. Trombley attended Pepperdine University at age 16, received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California where she was the Lester and Irene Finkelstein Fellow, and received the Virginia Barbara Middleton Scholarship. As a graduate student she discovered the largest known cache of Mark Twain letters to date and she appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary on Mark Twain. An author of five books three about Mark Twain, Knopf recently published Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years, which is now in its second printing.
Barbara Snedecor directs the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies and is pursuing a doctoral degree at Binghamton University.