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MemberJenny Marie Forsythe

My name is Jenny Marie Forsythe, and I use she/her pronouns. I grew up on Muskogee (Creek) land in central Alabama. My relatives are Eastern European and Scotch-Irish immigrants and settlers. I lived in Mexico City and in Los Angeles for almost a decade as a graduate student, and I earned my PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. My book project looks at early French and English translations of Peruvian historian Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s La Florida del Inca (1605), a history of the sixteenth-century Hernando de Soto invasion of Florida. For Garcilaso and his translators, translation included acts of writing, spoken interpretation, illustration, map-making, movement, reenactment, and object transfer. I’m very grateful to be able to work on this project as a Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, OK in the 2020-2021 academic year.

MemberRichelle V. Finn

Ms. Richelle V. Finn was born in Metairie, Louisiana. She has an Associate’s degree in General Science from Delgado Community College and graduated with Chancellor’s Honors. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Louisiana State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Asian Studies and Religious Studies. She received her Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Teaching from the University of New Orleans where she wrote her Master’s Thesis entitled “More Human Than Human”: Lacan’s Mirror Stage Theory and Posthumanism in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Delgado Community College in the English Department teaching English Composition.

MemberLaura Helton

Laura E. Helton is Assistant Professor of Print and Material Culture in the Departments of English and History at the University of Delaware.  Her work on African American print culture, archival studies, and public humanities has appeared in PMLA, Social Text, and Southern Quarterly. Her current book project, “Collecting and Collectivity: Black Archival Publics, 1910-1950,” examines the emergence of African American archives and libraries to show how historical recuperation shaped forms of racial imagination in the early twentieth century.

MemberSarah L. Townsend

  Sarah L. Townsend is a scholar of modern and contemporary Irish fiction and drama, with particular interests in genre, economic development, race, and migration. Her published and forthcoming scholarship appears in New Literary HistoryJournal of Commonwealth Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and a variety of edited collections. She is completing a monograph on the modern Irish Bildungsdrama, and her new research focuses on race and immigration in Ireland and the United States. Dr. Townsend is co-founder of the Irish Studies program at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Conference for Irish Studies-West.