Stephani Foote is the Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001), The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism (2014), the editor, with Elizabeth Mazzolini, of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012). With Stephanie LeMenager, she is the founder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.