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Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle are professors of history at California State University, Fresno, where they have taught since 2007. They met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, earning their doctorates in U.S. history at the University of North Carolina. From 2005 to 2007, they lived in Charleston, South Carolina. Blain was a professor at The Citadel and Ethan held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and also taught at The Citadel.

Blain published her first book, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, with the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. Ethan’s first book, published by Cambridge University Press, also in 2014, was Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era.

Their co-authored book, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy, was released by The New Press in April 2018. Blain and Ethan’s work has also appeared in the Journal of Southern History, the New York Times, the Washington Postthe Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Daily Beast, and the Fresno Bee. They live in Fresno, California, with their two daughters, Eloise and Hazel, and their dog, Roy Williams.