Wyn Kelley, Senior Lecturer in Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is author of Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) and of Herman Melville: An Introduction (2008); and co-author, with Henry Jenkins, of Reading in a Participatory Culture: Re-Mixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom (2013). Former Associate Editor of the Melville Society journal Leviathan (2000-2011) and editor of the Blackwell Companion to Herman Melville (2006), she has published essays in a number of journals and collections, including Melville and Hawthorne, Melville and Women, and the Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville. Associate Director of MEL (Melville Electronic Library), she also works to develop digital pedagogy with the HyperStudio, MIT’s digital humanities lab, and is a founding member of the Melville Society Cultural Project, which oversees a scholarly archive and supports programming at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Rodrigo Lazo is professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, where he directs the Humanities Core Program. His books include Writing to Cuba (2005), Letters from Filadelfia (2019), and a co-edited collection, The Latino Nineteenth Century (2017). He has published more than twenty articles on American literature, hemispheric studies, and Latino literary history. Among his publications are articles on Melville in three collections, Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby-Dick, Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, and Herman Melville in Context.