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MemberMin Hyoung Song

…PhD in English, Tufts University

AB in English, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor…

Born in Seoul, Min grew up in Detroit and its suburbs, and has spent most of his adult life in the greater Boston area. His first full-time job out of graduate school is the same job he still has, which is teaching Asian American literature, American studies, and contemporary literature at Boston College. He went to a Catholic high school, so he finds it weirdly comforting to be working at a Jesuit university. Plus ça change. In recent years, he’s grown very concerned about the weather.

MemberDerek F. DiMatteo

…I hold a PhD in English literature with a minor in American Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, having successfully defended my dissertation on December 6, 2019. I also hold an MAT in Secondary Education (English, grades 8-12) from Tufts University, an MA in Literature from IU Bloomington, and a BA in English from Wesleyan University….

Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington, and managing editor of Africa Today, a leading journal in the field of African studies published by IU Press. My research and teaching interests are in American literary and cultural studies since 1945, multi-ethnic literatures, higher education protest literature, American social protest literature, contemporary transnational and world literature, composition, and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Indiana University, I lived and taught in Japan and the United States at the high school and college levels. In Japan, I was very active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), and my research interests centered on EFL pedagogy, authentic materials and activities development, and using literature in EFL. I presented on these topics at local and national conferences in Japan, as well as organized professional development at my institution. Outside of academia, I spend time training in jiu-jitsu, cooking with friends, and catching up on pleasure reading or recent Netflix series.

MemberAnna Sagal

…MA, English & American Literature, Georgetown University
PhD, English, Tufts University…

I have two ongoing research projects. The first, entitled Resisting Gardens: Pedagogy & Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Literature, examines a selection of works of literature and art by women that engage with scientific subjects; genres include periodicals, textbooks, paper mosaics (collages), paintings, and conduct of life works. Utilizing the framework of critical plant studies, this project makes the argument for a radical tradition of women’s naturalist labor that challenges prevailing models of human-nature dynamics. I have also begun preliminary research on a second project, Flora Abroad: Eighteenth-Century Women and Colonial Botany. While still in its early conceptual stages, this project traces the intellectual and artistic productions of women who studied the natural world in the Caribbean, America, Canada, and other European colonies.