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Katie Amella

Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

"As an English major, I spent years carefully reading, studying, and writing about other people’s writing. That immersion in literature strengthened my writing and editing skills, and those skills have helped me to land jobs out in the “real world” on more than one occasion. My first full-time job after grad school was working as an Editorial Assistant for a biology journal – a job that I enjoyed, despite the inevitable culture shock I suffered upon realizing that spending one’s days reading manuscripts about genetics and bat flight mechanisms is a vastly different experience from reading Shakespeare and Irish poetry! Even in my current job as an administrator with the Philosophy Department here on campus, my writing and editing skills are put to good use every day, whether I’m writing letters for students or composing reports for my supervisors."


Dissertation: Staging the Supernatural

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Chair of Humanities, Associate Professor of English, Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead

Michael Boecherer is an Associate Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College (Riverhead). He has served his campus as Honors Coordinator (2012-2013), and is currently Chair of the Humanities Department (2013-present). He received his M.A. in English Literature from the University of Connecticut (2002) and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York - Stony Brook (2007), specializing in Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, and early modern religion and superstition. Prof. Boecherer has published and given numerous papers on the original staging techniques associated with Shakespeare's theater. He interned at Globe Research (London), subsequently earned an NEH grant to study original staging practices at both Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (London) and Blackfriar's Playhouse (Staunton, Virginia), and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief and webmaster for the online journal This Rough Magic ( Prof. Boecherer regularly teaches courses in developmental writing, composition, technical writing, introduction to literature, logic, mythology, Shakespeare, and British Literature (early and modern).


Dissertation Title: Retellings and Counterfactual Narratives: The Possibilities of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century British Literature

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Lecturer, Department of English, California Polytechnic State University

Emma Brinkmeyer is a Lecturer in the Department of English at California Polytechnic State University. She teaches courses in composition and modern and contemporary British literature. She holds a B.A. from Boston University (English and Art History) and an MA (English) from New York University.


Dissertation Title: Surveillance, the Body, & Speculative Fiction: A Geek Girl's Guide

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Assistant Professo r of English, Salt Lake Community College

Emily is excited to start her first year as an Assistant Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College in Fall 2017 after several productive years teaching part-time at Pima Community College, an HSI. After finishing her dissertation (that looked at digital surveillance, algorithmic discrimination, and the development of raced and gendered data bodies—and some comic books—through narrative theory) she has turned to apply her research and findings in data body compilation to curriculum design and widely used college and university technologies. It is her hope that this application will result in a learning environment that better serves underrepresented students. She teaches in the first-year composition sequence, literature, and in gender studies.


Dissertation Title: Fictions Ltd.: The Corporation in Post-WW II American Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture

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Associate Professor of English, Boise State University

Ralph Clare is Associate Professor of English at Boise State University, specializing in post-45 American literature. He is the author of Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture (Rutgers UP, 2014) and is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to David Foster Wallace. His latest book project, Metaffective Fiction: Structuring Feeling in Contemporary American Literature, explores the role of emotion and affect in post-postmodern fiction and the neoliberal era.


Dissertation Title: When Hands Touch: Manual Intercourse in Victorian Literature

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Assistant Professor, English & Humanities, Chadron State College

Kimberly Cox is an Assistant Professor in the English & Humanities Department at Chadron State College. She teaches primarily British literature and Composition courses, but does have the opportunity to courses that coincide with her other areas of study (e.g., Copyediting; Gender, Sexuality, and Literature; Multi-Ethnic Literature; and Wizards and Vampires). She's also co-advisor of her campus' chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and will be bringing two of her students to their international convention in March. She has published two book reviews with the British Society for Literature and Science, and she has published two articles this past year: "The Hand and the Mind, the Man and the Monster" (2016) in Victorian Network and "'At least shake hands': Tactile Relations in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre" (2016) in Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature. Her article "A Touch of the Hand: Manual Intercourse in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" is forthcoming this year in Nineteenth-century Studies. In addition to her publications and conference presentations, Kim was also named Co-Managing Editor of Victorian Literature and Culture this year. She remains an active member of her campus community while continuing to pursue her research interests in Victorian hands and tactility.

Peter J. Capuano, Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body

Aviva Briefel, The Racial Hand in the Victorian Imagination


Dissertation Title: "Marginal Forms and Marginalized Subjectivities: The Hybrid Modernisms of Barnes, Woolf, Stein, and H.D."


Assistant Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Meghan C. Fox is an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a B.A. from Bucknell University (English and Spanish) and a Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on British and American literary modernism and the relationship between gender, sexuality, and genre in experimental works by women writers. She has published in Woolf Studies Annual and The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 and has presented her scholarship at various national and international conferences. Since completing her Ph.D., she has taught courses at Queens College and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her teaching at LaGuardia includes courses in literature, composition, and journalism.


Dissertation Title: Teaching and Learning in Fourth Space: Embodying Praxis, Becoming Role Model

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Director, English Teacher Education, Stony Brook University

Nicole Galante, a full time lecturer, teaches methods, adolescent literature, and student teaching seminar courses in the Professional Education Program and non-western literature courses in the English Department. She is currently the Associate Director of the English Teacher Education Program, and has recently completed a dissertation on preservice English teacher education, critical pedagogy, new media, and democracy through language. She consults in New York City schools in all five boroughs, training and mentoring teachers and administrators, and building connections between pre- and in-service teachers. From 2008-2013, she worked as an Associate Editor of English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English for secondary English teachers, and before that was a classroom English teacher for seven years on Long Island. She has had scholarship published by the National Council of Teachers of English as well as the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. She holds New York State Permanent Certification in English, grades 7-12, and remains active in education networks by presenting at local and national conferences about educational research, theory and best practices-including the annual conventions of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication --as well as internationally, having presented on (American) secondary education at international conferences as well.


Dissertation Title: “Looking to its Laurels”: Representations of Cinema in American Theatre, 1915-1927


Playwrights Local production of Les Hunter's play To the Orchard (Dir. Dale Heinen). Andrea Belser as Tracie and Kelsey Baehrens as Rachel/August Belmont. (Cleveland, Ohio, May 27-June 12, 2017 ). Photo Credit: Dale Heinen.

Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University

Les Hunter is an Assistant Professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University, Literary Director of Theatre 167, past Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. As a playwright, he wrote for all three parts of the collaborative Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167, published: Indie Theatre Now). Other projects include his plays To the Orchard (Playwrights Local, 2016 Finalist international Jewish Playwriting Contest) Biggest Break (Artistic New Directions), Lion of the East (Bates College), Cyrano de Bergen County, New Jersey (published: Playscripts), and Dating Curveball (published: Brooklyn Publishers); an American adaptation with Ozen Yula of his play, For Rent (LPAC, published: University of Chicago Press); a screenplay, Lion (Dubai Film Connection); and a musical, ’99, developed at Millikan University with Ben Morss of the band Cake. Les’ writing about theater has appeared in American Theatre Magazine,, The Dramatist, Experimental O'Neill, Performing the Progressive Era, and The Eugene O’Neill Review . He has presented papers at numerous conferences. In 2014 he was a resident at the Ora Lerman Foundation Soaring Gardens Artist’s Retreat and a participant in the Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University. BA: Macalester College, MA: Brooklyn College, MFA: Boston University, PhD: Stony Brook University.


Dissertation Title: Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: Literature and Violence, 1688-1832

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Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina

Tony Jarrells teaches in the English department at the University of South Carolina and is co-editor of the journal, Studies in Scottish Literature. His first book, Britain's Bloodless Revolutions: 1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature, was published in 2005. In 2006 he edited a volume of "Selected Prose" for the six-volume series, Blackwood's Magazine, 1817-1825. Recent articles have appeared in Romantic Circles, Studies in Romanticism, Novel, and the Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 2. Currently he is working on a book titled "The Time of the Tale: Romanticism, Genre, and the Retelling of the Enlightenment, 1760-1830."


Dissertation Title: Mixed Humanity: Labor and Literature in Victorian South Africa

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  Tim Johns teaches at Murray State University in Kentucky, where he runs the film studies program and teaches courses on world literature, anglophone literature, South African literature, and cinema. He has published in Victorian Studies, the Journal of the African Literature Association, the Journal of Narrative Theory, African Literature Today , and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book-length monograph on labor and literature in Victorian South Africa. During his time at Stony Brook, Adrienne Munich was his dissertation chair.


Dissertation Title: Writing Sapphism: Troubling Genre in Interwar Fiction

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University

Kathryn Klein teaches literature and women's studies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. She has published two novels and a third will be released this summer (2017).


Dissertation Title: Gender in Its Parts: The Eighteenth-Century Female Cross-Dresser, Prosthetic Gender & Sapphic Possibility

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Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M International University

Dr. Klein specializes in the literature of the long eighteenth century and women’s and gender studies. She has published articles on eighteenth-century female cross-dressers in British literature; representations of Marie Antoinette and Georgiana Cavendish on film; and eighteenth-century women poets. She is currently working on a larger project on representations of Sapphic desire in eighteenth-century narratives of female cross-dressers, a project she began in her dissertation at Stony Brook University. Dr. Klein teaches a variety of British and American literature survey courses, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses on eighteenth-century literature, the Gothic, and gender and sexuality. She recently co-organized a literary festival at TAMIU in honor of the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare.


Dissertation Title: Wordsworth's Philosophy of Wonder: Epistemology, Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Farmingdale State College, and English teacher, St. Francis Preparatory School

Matt Lorenz's dissertation won the awards for best dissertation chapter (2010-11) and best dissertation (shared award, 2011-12) in the English Department at Stony Brook. His articles on Transatlantic connections between British Romanticism and American literature have been published in The Arthur Miller Journal, and his book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in Disabling Romanticism, Adapting Frankenstein, and Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind.


Dissertation: Advertising and Literature in Britain, 1700-1850

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Professor of English and Coordinator of European Studies, Brigham Young U.

Nicholas Mason is Professor of English and Coordinator of European Studies at BYU. His specializations include British literature of the Romantic age, book and periodical studies, and the history of literary advertising. Professor Mason’s recent publications include the book Literary Advertising and the Shaping of British Romanticism (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013) and a co-edited scholarly edition of William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (Romantic Circles, 2015). His earlier publications include a classroom edition of Edward Kimber’s The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (Broadview, 2009), the six-volume collection Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 1817-1825 (Pickering and Chatto, 2006), and Volume 1 of British Satire, 1785-1840 (Pickering and Chatto, 2003). He is currently working on a digital edition of Dorothy Wordsworth’s Lake District writings and various essays on the Wordsworths, book history, and Romantic-era periodicals.


Dissertation Title: Possible Worlds in Science Studies: A Postcolonial Perspective

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Associate Professor of English, Roanoke College

After completing his Ph.D. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, Srikanth Mallavarapu has been a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech and a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the English department at Roanoke College and one of the coordinators of the Peace and Justice Studies Concentration. His research and teaching interests include the negotiation of modernity in the postcolonial context, contemporary South Asian literature and film, critical theories of literature, and of science, technology, and culture.


Dissertation: Recapturing Camelot: Nostalgia for the Failed Ideals of Arthurian Legend

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Educational Developer at The George Washington University

Dr. Miscavige is currently an Educational Developer in the University Teaching & Learning Center at The George Washington University. She develops and delivers workshops for faculty on evidence-based teaching best practices. She also consults one-on-one with faculty on course design, assessment, assignment design, and all aspects of higher education pedagogy. Her research interests include medieval long narratives and classical and medieval rhetoric.


Dissertation: Sensibility & Romanticism: Rethinking Pleasure and Literary Periodization, 1757-1847

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Associate Professor of English & Gender and Women's Studies, Western Michigan University

Dr. Christopher Nagle teaches courses in British literature, literary theory, gender studies, and adaptation in the English Department at Western Michigan University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies. He is the author of Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era (Palgrave, 2007) and a wide array of essays, mostly on 18th and 19th-century women writers. Chris has held fellowships from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and the University of California, Berkeley. His current book projects explore the literary and cultural representation of polyamory in the long eighteenth century and the cinematic and theatrical adaptation and appropriation of Jane Austen’s life and work.


Dissertation Title: Faith in Fiction: American Literature, Religion, and the Millennium

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Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Coordinator at Penn State University's Abington College

Liliana researches American literature, religion, terrorism, and rhetoric and composition, and her articles have appeared in journals including Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The John Updike Review, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty . Her book, Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror (Bucknell UP 2016), considers the interface between secularism and faith in post-9/11 fiction written by Mohsin Hamid, Laila Halaby, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, John Updike, and Barbara Kingsolver. Naydan is also co-editor of Terror in Global Narrative: Representations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) , a collection of essays that examines the historical, political, and social significance of 9/11 in media and art forms including literature, film, television, and street art.


Dissertation Title:  The  City at the End of the World: Ecology and Eschatology in Twentieth-Century Science Fiction and Architecture

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Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Connor Pitetti studied nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature at Stony Brook, and wrote his dissertation under the direction of Professors Adrienne Munich, E. Ann Kaplan, Stacey Olster, Michael Rubenstein, and Matthew Taylor (UNC). His research examined the use of apocalyptic narratives as a strategy for making sense of contemporary ecological crises in twentieth-century science fiction and in architectural writings about the possible futures of urban environments. His research demonstrated that "end of the world" is a popular trope in these archives, particularly popular among writers with explicit environmentalist convictions; nonetheless, he argued that the narrative strategies that center on this trope often foster an intellectual stance that is implicitly hostile to the insights of ecology, and particularly to the ecological convictions that agency is widely distributed in the material world, that historical becoming is open-ended and unpredictable, and that human existence is inextricable from extended networks of relationships with non-human forces and beings. This project was funded in part by a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion fellowship. Connor's research has been published in the Oxford Journal of Church and State, Science Fiction Studies, and elsewhere. After defending his dissertation, Connor moved to Germany, where he now holds a permanent faculty position in the English and American Studies department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


Dissertation Title: Going Global in a Caribbean Locale: Traveling Home in the Works of Paule Marshall, Cristina Garcia, Andrea Levy and Caryl Phillips

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Professor of English, Bucknell University

Elena Machado Sáez is a Professor of English at Bucknell University. She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press 2015). The book analyzes historical fiction by Caribbean diasporic authors in Britain, Canada and the United States as part of a global literary trend that addresses the relationship between ethnic writers and their audiences. Machado Sáez argues that the novels address the problematic of intimacy and ethics in relation to readership by focusing on how gender and sexuality represent sites of contestation in the formulation of Caribbean identity and history. She is also coauthor with Raphael Dalleo of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), which discusses how Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican literatures challenge established ideas about the relationship between politics and the market.


Dissertation Title: Limber Corpses: Subjects, Objects, and the Remains of History in American Literature and Culture red rays


Associate Professor of English, Baker University



Dissertation Title: This Body of Death—Decay in Early Modern English Poetry

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Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Saint Rose (Albany, N.Y.)

Eileen Sperry earned her PhD from Stony Brook's English Department in 2016, where she also completed a certificate in cultural studies. Her research focuses on early modern lyric, embodiment, and Shakespeare studies. Her work has been accepted for publication in Shakespeare Bulletin and The Sixteenth Century Journal.


Dissertation Title: True Stories: Narrative Ecologies in Revolutionary Fiction and College Composition

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Director and Associate Professor of Writing, Unity College, Unity Maine

Stephanie Wade is associate professor and director of writing at Unity College, where she teaching college composition, creative writing, and environmental studies. Her research, which focuses on ecological approaches to literacy, has been published in the Community Literacy Journal. Her most recent community writing projects connect college students and elementary students in school gardens, where they write together and develop ecological community literacies.


Dissertation Title: Specters of Haiti: Race, Fear, and the American Gothic, 1789-1855

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Associate Professor of English, University of South Carolina

Gretchen Woertendyke is an Associate Professor of English and a McCausland Faculty Fellow at the University of South Carolina. Her teaching and research focuses on eighteenth - and nineteenth- century US literature and culture, studies of the novel, and hemispheric American studies. Her essays have been published in Early American Literature, Narrative, and Atlantic Studies and her recent work has appeared in collections on early slave narratives, secret histories, and on Haiti and the US novel. Her book, Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and her current book project is entitled A History of Secrecy in the United States. She is a Book Review Editor for Clio, A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History and is a Faculty Fellow on the South Carolina Race and Reconciliation Collaborative.

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