Susan L. Trollinger is Professor of English at the University of Dayton. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, classical rhetoric, and the study of Protestant fundamentalism and Young Earth Creationism in American culture. Her previous book, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia, published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2012), examines the visual rhetoric of tourism in three towns in East Central Ohio, around which the world’s largest Amish community lives. She teaches courses in rhetoric and writing studies.
William Vance Trollinger, Jr. is Professor of History in the History and Religious Studies Departments at the University of Dayton, as well as Director of UD’s Core Integrated Studies Program. His research interests include American evangelicalism and fundamentalism, Protestant print culture, creationism, and the Ku Klux Klan. His books include God’s Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism and Re-Forming the Center: American Protestantism, 1900 to the Present (co-edited with Douglas Jacobsen). His recent article, “Hearing the Silence: The University of Dayton, the Ku Klux Klan, and Catholic Universities in the 1920s” (American Catholic Studies, spring 2013), received the 2014 Catholic Press Award as the best essay in a scholarly magazine.