Martha J. Cutter is an associate professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches classes in African American literature and post- Civil War American Literature. Since 2006 she has been the editor-in-chief of MELUS: Multi- Ethnic Literature of the United States and before that was the senior editor of Legacy: A Journal on American Women Writers for two years. Her first book, Unruly Tongue: Language and Identity in American Women’s Writing (UP of Mississippi, 1999) won the 2001 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association. Her second book, Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity, was published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her articles have appeared in American Literature, African American Literature, Callaloo, Women’s Studies, Studies in American Literary Realism, CEA Critic, Arizona Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, Criticism, and in the collections Mixed Race Literature (Stanford UP, 2002), Passing and the Fictions of Identity (Duke UP, 1996), and Passing in the Works of Charles Chesnutt (U. of Mississippi Press 2009). She is currently at work on a book on the passing narrative in US history and literature.