Jayashree Kamble is the author of Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology (Palgrave, 2014) and a two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America Scholarly Research Award. She has published essays on war and espionage in romance novels as well as on romance reading, and has an essay on novel covers forthcoming in the collection Romance Fiction and American Culture. She recently published a short feature on the romance genre and community in the Oklahoma Humanities Magazine titled “What’s Love Got to Do With It?–In Romance Novels, Everything!” She is an Assistant Professor of English at the City University of New York.


Amira Jarmakani is Associate Professor and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. She is the author, most recently, of An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror (New York University Press 2015, forthcoming). Previous publications include Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S. (Palgrave Macmillan 2008), winner of the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize, and articles in American Quarterly and Signs. She works in the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Arab American studies, and cultural studies.