Michael Newbury is Professor of American Studies and English and American Literatures. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. from Yale University and has taught at Middlebury since 1993. He is the author of Figuring Authorship in Antebellum America and various scholarly articles. His current research focuses on the representation of crisis, disaster, and apocalypse in American culture. Some of his scholarly and teaching interests are: the American Colonial period, Nineteenth and early-Twentieth century American Literature, Science Fiction, Imperialism, Horror and the Gothic, and Consumer and Mass Culture.