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MemberJosh-Wade Ferguson

…guage Association (MLA)
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
Golden Key International Honors Society…
…I’m currently working on a book-length project about the influence of African American Culture on multi-ethnic blues literature….

Currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Mississippi. My current project focuses on the influence of African American culture in transnational multi-ethnic blues literature. My research and teaching interests include Anglo-North American literatures of the 20th century, African American literature, US Southern literature, and film studies.

MemberMalea Powell

…Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures…

I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State University as well as a faculty member in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. I am lead researcher for the Digital Publishing Lab at MSU, director of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, editor-in-chief of constellations: a journal of cultural rhetorics, past chair of the CCCC, and editor emerita of SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures. A widely published scholar and poet, my current book project, This Is A Story, examines the continuum of indigenous rhetorical production in North America, from beadwork to alphabetic writing. I am an unenrolled mixed-blood of Indiana Miami, Eastern Shawnee, and Euroamerican ancestry. In my spare time, I hang out with eccentric Native women artists & poets, and do beadwork.  

MemberNanci Buiza

Nanci Buiza is Associate Professor of Spanish at Swarthmore College. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Mexican and Central American literature, culture, and cinema, and in particular, on issues of migration, violence, ethics, aesthetics, postwar trauma, and affect theory. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, A Contracorriente, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, Iberoamericana, Hispanic Research Journal, and  Hispanófila. She is currently writing a book on postwar Central American literature.    

MemberEliseo Jacob

Eliseo Jacob is a lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University.  He as a Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.  His research and teaching interests include Latin American urban literature and culture, Latin American cultural studies, contemporary Brazilian literature and culture, with a concentration on Afro-Brazilian literary and cultural productions.  His research project focuses on the literary and cultural productions from the urban periphery of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Using the theories of the public sphere, race and urban space, he examines how these writers create counterpublics within the immaterial space of the literary text and in the physical space of the city through the circulation of their literary works at cultural events known as saraus.      

MemberMaria Seger

…At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in American Culture. Manuscript in preparation.

Killing Them Softly: Motherhood, Violence, and the State in the American Cultural Imaginary. Manuscript in preparation.

Reading Confederate Monuments. Co-edited with Randi Tanglen. Under contract with UP of Mississippi….

I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. My research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature, US ethnic literatures, and critical race and ethnic studies. As a literary and cultural studies scholar, I am broadly interested in the violence of racial capitalism in US literature and culture. My work primarily deals with how violence arises out of and impacts capitalist social relations and ideological production, especially as it relates to notions of selfhood, ownership, and state power across the long nineteenth century. Right now, I’m at work on my book project, At All Costs: Extralegal Violence and Liberal Democracy in American Culture, which examines extralegal violence not as a lawless force that threatened American liberal-democratic governance but instead as emerging from and further entrenching the conditions that governance set.

MemberJared Richman

Jared S. Richman is Associate Professor of English at Colorado College where his teaching centers on literatures of Britain’s long eighteenth century, radical culture, satire, critical disability studies, and comics and graphic narrative. He is currently finishing a manuscript entitled“Transatlantic Realms”: British Romanticism and the Idea of America, 1780-1832. He has published essays on various authors including William Blake, Charlotte Smith, Anna Seward, John Thelwall, and Mary Shelley. His most recent project traces the relationship between nascent elocutionary theories of the Enlightenment and disability in Anglo-American culture.