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Lauren Cardon is an Associate Professor of English, specializing in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature as well as DEI pedagogy. My research addresses how white American authors culturally appropriate symbols and motifs from ethnic and BIPOC cultures, and how these cultures write themselves into literary discourses, as reflected in her most recent book, Fashioning Character: Style, Performance, and Identity (University of Virginia Press, 2021). Cardon has published two additional monographs: Fashion and Fiction: Self-Transformation in American Literature (UVA Press, 2016) and The “White Other” in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008 (Palgrave, 2012). She has also published articles in MELUS, Change, Southern Quarterly, and The Saul Bellow Journal. In addition to her work in literary studies, Cardon publishes on DEI pedagogy, with her co-authored book Inclusive College Classrooms: Rethinking Pedagogical Methods under contract with Routledge.