Mimi Matthews researches and writes on all aspects of nineteenth-century history. Her articles have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web, and are also syndicated weekly at Bust Magazine, New York. Her first non-fiction book, titled The Pug who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries, will be released by Pen and Sword Books (UK) in late 2017. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney with both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She resides in California with her family – which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.
You can follow her at @MimiMatthewsEsq
Kyra Cornelius Kramer is an author and researcher with undergraduate degrees in both biology and anthropology from the University of Kentucky, as well as a masters degree in medical anthropology from Southern Methodist University. Her work is published in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Historical Journal, Studies in Gothic Fiction, and Journal of Popular Romance Studies. She is also a regular contributor to Tudor Life Magazine, the magazine of the Tudor Society. Her books include Blood Will Tell: A medical explanation for the tyranny of Henry VIII, The Health of Henry VIII in a Nutshell, Edward VI in a Nutshell, and The Jezebel Effect: Why the slut shaming of famous queens still matters. Her newest book, Mansfield Parsonage, will be out on 28 January 2017. You can follow her at @KyraKramer.
"Sympathy for the Pervert: Richard von Krafft-Ebing and the Benefit of Naming Pathologies" by Jan Szpilka
Jan is a cultural anthropologist currently working on a masters thesis about Polish BDSM communities at the Institute of Polish Culture (University of Warsaw). Jan's research focuses on the history and culture of sadism and masochism/BDSM, and by extension history of perversion in Western culture.