MemberYevgenya Strakovsky

Research Focus:
The long 19th Century (Romanticism, Realism, High Modernism),
Education and the Individual (The Bildungsroman, autonomy, agency, citizenship, personality, character development)Methodological Interests/Interdisciplinary Ties:
Translation Studies,
History of Visual Arts,
History of Music,
Cognitive Approaches to Literature,
Graphic Design and VisualizationProfessional Concerns:
Humanities in Higher Education,
Public Outreach,
Arts Administration

MemberDr. Magana Kabugi

I’m the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Fisk University, having earned my Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 2020. As an interdisciplinary scholar of higher education, African American literature, politics, and intellectual history, my research focuses on leadership at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). My work has been featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and I’ve given invited talks at a number of institutions, including Morehouse College and the Virginia Theological Seminary. 

MemberMarielle R. Risse

Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology

MemberCharlie Gleek

Charlie Gleek teaches undergraduate students in literature and composition courses at Florida Atlantic University. Charlie’s monograph, Southern Fringes: Little Magazines, Larry Brown’s Short Stories, and How Southern Literature Happens, is currently under review. Specializing in interdisciplinary, contemporary southern literature and print culture, Charlie’s research synthesizes book history methods alongside post-critique reading practices demonstrating how paratextual formations function as vital spaces for constructing senses of southernness in service of both narratives and readers’ literary discernments beyond literary representation. Charlie’s recently published work appears in The Chattahoochee Review, Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Inquiry, i.e.: inquiry in education, and on Humanities Commons. Charlie’s teaching interests intersect across the following areas: American Literature and History, Anglophone World Literature and History, Artists’ Books and Book Arts, History of the Book and Print Culture, Literary and Cultural Studies, Multicultural Literature and History, New Southern Literature, Culture, and History, and Rhetoric and Composition. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, Department of English, Department of Comparative Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Department of History. Before coming to academia, Charlie worked for over a decade as a landscaper on loading docks, warehouses, retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy. Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, dedicated concert venues, and summer touring festivals span more than three decades of work, including his current roles as drummer and bassist in several bands.

MemberSean Chambers, MFA

Asst. Prof. of English (Rhetoric, Literature, Creative Writing). Adviser to The VFMC Mask & Spur Drama Careers Society (JD Salinger was a member). Vice President of the Community Breakfast Collaborative of the Main Line (PO Box 135, Villanova, PA 19085). Nonfiction Books Reviewer for Booklist Magazine ( Former archivist for editor and publisher Sol Stein. Proud Valiant & Hoo. Director of the Huntington HS Oral History & Documentary Project (2021) about a seminal educational institution for African Americans in Newport News, VA, the professor’s hometown near Christopher Newport U. and Hampton University.