PARTICIPANT BIOS

Nicole Adams is a third year PhD student in the English department at Brandeis University.

 

Jennifer L. Airey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa and President of the Aphra Behn Society for Women and the Arts, 1660-1830. She is the author of The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage (University of Delaware Press, 2012) and Religion Around Mary Shelley (Penn State University Press, 2019), and she is the editor of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of women’s literature.

 

Berna Artan is a PhD candidate at Fordham University, currently writing her dissertation on women novelists' critical rendering of eighteenth-century aesthetic theories.

 

Paula Backscheider is Philpott Stevens Eminent Scholar at Auburn University. She is the author of several books and articles and a former president of ASECS. Her book-in-progress is “Crisis Texts,” a study of theatrical representations of wartime women in the long eighteenth century.

 

Andrew Black is an Associate Professor of English and Philosophy at Murray State University.

 

Chase Bringardner is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre, as well as current President-Elect of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

 

Elizabeth Brissey is is a doctoral candidate at Auburn University and also serves as the project manager for 18th Connect.org, an aggregation site for digital projects of all sizes. Her research focuses on intersections between epistemology, material culture, and literature in the late Middle Ages. She is currently working on an article entitled "Searching, Travelling, and Telling in the York Corpus Christi Plays."

 

Susan Carlile is the author Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind (2018) and the editor of the essay collection Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s (2011). She co-edited Charlotte Lennox’s 1758 novel Henrietta (2008) with Ruth Perry. Her current research project on the representation of women in mid-century magazines appeared in Jennie Batchelor and Manushag Powell’s Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s (2018). She is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. 

 

Hannah Chaskin is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University whose work can be found in Women's Writing and Modern Philology. Her dissertation project explores the role of epistolary form in the construction and representation of femininity in the long eighteenth century.

 

Pichaya (Mint) Damrongpiwat is a PhD candidate at Cornell University, specializing in the British, American, and Transatlantic long eighteenth century. She is currently completing her dissertation, "Rape, Affect, and the Dilemmas of Representation," which shares the same body of archival research as her presentation.

 

JoEllen DeLucia is the author of A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820 (2015), and the co-editor with Juliet Shields of an essay collection entitled Migration and Modernities: the State of Being Stateless, 1750-1850 (2019). Portions of her current research project on George Robinson’s media network have appeared in European Romantic Review and Jennie Batchelor and Manushag Powell’s Women’s Magazines Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s.

 

Teri Doerksen is a professor of English at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She has recently published on illustration in the 18th c novel and is working on a project on celebrity and narrative fiction.

 

Lindsay Doukopoulos is Assistant Director of Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning at Auburn University. Dr. Doukopoulos is award winning playwright and teacher with a successful record of designing and leading active large lectures, peer-to-peer learning, technology-enhanced learning (EASL rooms, iPad courses), and Active, Problem, & Team Based Learning.

 

Phineas Dowling is a PhD candidate in English at Auburn University, focusing on 18th-century British literature. His current research is on Anglo-Scottish Union and identity surrounding the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

 

Emilee Durand is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examines gender and temporality in conjectural histories of the long 18th century Atlantic world.

 

Laura Engle is a Professor in the English department at Duquesne University where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and theatre. She is the author of Women, Performance and the Material of Memory: The Archival Tourist (Palgrave, 2019), Fashioning Celebrity: Eighteenth-Century British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making (Ohio State UP 2011), Austen, Actresses and Accessories: Much Ado About Muffs ( Palgrave Pivot, 2014),  and co-editor of Stage Mothers: Women, Work and the Theater 1660-1830 (Bucknell UP 2015). She is currently co-curating an exhibition with Amelia Rauser on ‘Artful Nature: Fashion and the Theater 1770-1830,’ at the Lewis Walpole Library and working on a new book project entitled "The Art of The Actress". 

 

Marilyn Francus is a Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is the author of Monstrous Motherhood: 18th-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity (Johns Hopkins, 2012), the editor of The Burney Journal, and Chair of the International Visitor Program for the Jane Austen Society of North America.

 

Emily C. Friedman is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University and the Director of 18thConnect.org, an aggregation site that peer-reviews and makes more discoverable digital projects of all sizes. She is the creator of Manuscript Fiction in Age of Print, a small-scale digital project that describes, transcribes, and encodes fiction that survives in manuscript created between 1750-1900. 

 

Daniel Froid is a PhD candidate in English at Purdue University, where he is working on a dissertation about devilry and forbidden knowledge in eighteenth-century British literature. His work has been most recently published in SEL and Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

 

Chrisoula M. Gonzales is an Associate Professor of English at Lone Star College in the Woodlands, Texas, where she teaches writing and literature. She studies Early Modern, Restoration, and 18th-Century Literature and is particularly interested in the recovery of women writers.

 

Mary Beth Harris is an assistant professor at Bethany College (KS). Her work explores the intersection of eighteenth-century genre and gender, especially with regards to performance and masculinity. Her article “Reforming Count D’elmont: Masculinity, Sympathy, and Reading in Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess” is forthcoming in the next issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Her current projects include a book-length study entitled Women Writers and the Genealogy of the Gentleman: Masculinity, Literary Authority, and the Male Characters of Eighteenth-Century Female Authors.

 

Hilary Havens is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.  She is the author of the recently-published Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Authorship from Manuscript to Print (Cambridge UP, 2019) and the editor of Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 (Routledge, 2017).  She is currently co-editing the correspondence of Samuel Richardson and Edward Young for the Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson.

 

Wendy Hedstrom is a recent Master of Arts recipient from Oakland University. Her area of interest is 18th- and 19th-century British literature.

 

Britney Henry is an English MA student at Auburn University. Her research interests include popular culture studies, film studies, and book history. She is currently creating a digital collection of the Wade Hall 20th Century Paperback Collection within Auburn University Library’s Special Collections and Archives. 

 

Tonya Howe is professor of literature currently serving as chair of the Department of English at Marymount University. She works in digital humanities, most recently on an NEH-funded grant to produce a prototype of an open, classroom-sourced digital anthology of literature in English during the long eighteenth century. She has also published and presented on embodied popular performance and horror film.

 

Hannah Doherty Hudson is an Assistant Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston. Her essays on popular fiction and print culture have appeared in venues including the European Romantic Review, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, The Sentimental Novel in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 2019) and Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s (Edinburgh UP, 2018), and she is currently completing a book manuscript on the Minerva Press novel and Romantic cultures of literary excess.

 

Aleksondra Hultquist is an Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First-Year Studies at Stockton University.  Her work focuses on the literature and culture of the long eighteenth-century, especially women writers, prose writings, and the passions.  She has edited a special issue for Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation called “Emotion in the Eighteenth Century” (2017), and co-edited (with Elizabeth Mathews) New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth-Century Literature (Routledge, 2017).  Her current projects include her manuscript The Amatory Mode: Amatory Fiction’s Passionate Legacy, editing vol. 6 (Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister) of the upcoming collected works of Aphra Behn by Cambridge University Press (2022), and an essay collection on Eliza Haywood co-edited with Chris Mounsey.

Catherine Ingrassia is Chair and Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University where she specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature with a particular focus on women writers of the long eighteenth century.  Her publications include Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge, 1998),  Anti-Pamela and Shamela, ed. (Broadview, 2004), and the Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660 – 1789 (Cambridge, 2015). Among her current projects is an edition of Laetitia Pilkington's Memoirs for Broadview and a book tentatively titled “Failure, Fame, and the Female Poet.” 

 

Alyssa Jackson is a Content Strategist in Capgemini Invent’s Innovation & Strategy Practice. Prior to joining Capgemini in 2016, Alyssa worked for 8 years as a technical writer in software & hardware development companies, primarily for a social media marketing SAAS product. She also worked in publishing for 4 years as an editor for a children’s book publisher.  

 

Caitlin Johnson is a senior at Auburn University majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Linguistics. She plans to attend graduate school to study language acquisition.

 

Alyssa Jones is a recent Graduate from Oakland University with a Master's in the Arts of English. She is currently applying for PhD programs intending to focus in Medieval/Early Modern feminist studies.

 

Ula Lukszo Klein is a limited term assistant professor of English at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. She has completed a book project, Sapphic Crossings: Cross-dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, which is now under contract with the University of Virginia Press. She has published articles on sapphism in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda, the cultural meaning of beards in the eighteenth century, and material sapphism and dildos in eighteenth-century literature. She is currently beginning a new project on the concept of queer tourism which investigates queer spaces as sites of tourism both historically and today.

Emily M.N. Kugler is an Assistant Professor of English at Howard University. Her publications range from British-Ottoman relations to digital humanities to women's abolitionist networks.

 

Patricia Matthew teaches courses in British Romanticism, the history of the novel, and British abolitionist literature at Montclair State University. She is the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons and has published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. She is the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and has published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. Her work on diversity has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to essays on race and popular culture, she is currently writing a monograph about sugar, gender, and British abolitionist literature.

Laura Miller is associate professor of English at the University of West Georgia and the author of Reading Popular Newtonianism: Print, the Principia, and the Dissemination of Newtonian Science (Virginia, 2018). She is currently working as co-investigator on a three-year AHRC grant entitled, Libraries, Reading Communities, and Cultural Formation in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic.

 

Mona Narain is Associate Professor of English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.  She is the Scholarship Editor for ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830, the journal for the Behn society.  This year she is also the co-chair of the Women’s Caucus for ASECS.

 

Jordan Payne is a senior at Auburn University studying English Literature. She plans to attend graduate school after graduating in May and will continue to pursue English Literature.

 

Megan Peiser is Assistant Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature, Book History, and Digital Humanities at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She is the creator of the Novels Reviewed Database, 1790-1820, and is preparing her forthcoming monograph, British Women Novelists and the Review Periodical 1790-1820. She is the co-director of the Marguerite Hicks Project, studying one of the earliest American collections of books by and about Restoration and Eighteenth-Century women writers. She also spends time shepherding two dachshunds named Jasper, and Burney (yes, THAT Burney).

 

Anne L. Persons is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia studying British literature of the long eighteenth century. Her work can be found in Women’s Writing and Notes & Queries and is forthcoming in Modern Philology. 

 

Mallory Porch is a Doctoral Candidate at Auburn University.  Her dissertation explores the development of eighteenth-century epistolary fiction, examining contributions to the evolution of the form by Sarah Fielding, Frances Brooke, Frances Burney, and Charlotte Lennox. 

Patrick Rachford recently completed his graduate degree in English Literature with a focus on authorship.

 

Jessica Richard is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Wake Forest University.  She is author of The Romance of Gambling in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel (Palgrave); editor of Rasselas for Broadview; and an editor of The Eighteenth-Century Common and The Maria Edgeworth Letters Project.

 

Laura Runge-Gordon is the author or editor of six books, a number of articles, book chapters, essays, digital projects, and reviews. She is a founding editor for the online open-access journal ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830, and is interested in media transformation (manuscript to print and print to digital). With Jessica Cook she edited The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women (University of Delaware Press 2019), and with collaborators at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Virginia Commonwealth University, she is developing a database of women writers’ networks, beginning with the overlapping lives and writings of Aphra Behn, Anne Finch, and Elizabeth Thomas. 

 

Robin Runia is Associate Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has published essays and articles as well as an edited collection exploring gender, sexuality, and race in writing of the long eighteenth century.

 

Susannah Sanford McDaniel is a PhD candidate at TCU studying anglophone literature of the British Empire in the long 18th century.

 

Kirsten Teresa Saxton is a professor of English at Mills College, a liberal arts women's college in Oakland CA.

 

Ashley Schoppe is an Assistant Professor of English at Pfeiffer University. Her research focuses on intersections between fashion and politics in the long eighteenth century. She is currently working to transform her dissertation, "Divisive Threads: Politicized Fashion, Elite Women, and Eighteenth-Century Literature," into a book monograph. 

Nicole Stodard, PhD, is Producing Artistic Director of Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) at The Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale, FL (thinkingcaptheatre.org).  She has directed and designed nearly 30 productions, including revivals of Behn's Rover and The Emperor of the Moon.  Her research areas include the history of women playwrights and directors in professional theatre and feminist and LGBTQ issues in drama, theatre and performance.  Her current book project theorizes women's role in the history of stage direction from the 17th century to the present through the production history of The Rover.  Nicole is a full member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).  

 

Mary Grace Vinson is a senior at Auburn University studying English Literature. In addition, she is an Undergraduate Research Fellow researching the networks surrounding the Ladies of Llangollen and producing a web-based visualization of these networks.

 

Sarah Werner is an independent book historian and a consulting librarian based in Washington DC. She is the author of Studying Early Printed Books 1450-1800: A Practical Guide and the accompanying site EarlyPrintedBooks.com, both of which are part of her ongoing work to open up the use of rare books and special collections libraries to wide audiences.

 

Brett D. Wilson is associate professor of English at the College of William & Mary. He is author of A Race of Female Patriots: Women and Public Spirit on the British Stage, 1688-1745 (Bucknell University Press, 2012). His articles on British 18th-century drama and poetry, national feeling, and women’s writing have appeared in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and in the essay collections Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination (Ashgate, 2013) and Patriarchal Moments (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).

 

Andrew Winckles is an Assistant Professor at Adrian College. His monograph, Eighteenth Century Women's Writing and the Methodist Media Revolution, was recently published from Liverpool University Press. He is also the editor, with Angela Rehbein, of Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism, and the author of numerous articles on the confluence of women's writing and religion in the long eighteenth century.

Angela Winsor is earning her Master’s degree in creative writing from Auburn University. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Southern Humanities Review online and Saw Palm.

Emily Zarka is a faculty member at Arizona State University with expertise in British Romanticism, the Gothic genre, and monsters in literature and film. Zarka is the writer and host of the show Monstrum for PBS Digital Studios.

 

Elizabeth Zold is an Associate Professor of English at Winona State University whose work/life balance is usually woefully nonexistent. Thus, while her scholarship centers on eighteenth-century women's travel writing, her personal time is spent researching skincare, which she uses as a method of self-care.