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MemberJessica Howell

I am Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. I completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. My first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and my forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). I teach courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing.  I convene the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and a grant on “Global Health and the Humanities.”

MemberDavid Samuel Mazella

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature. My first book was The Making of Modern Cynicism (University of Virginia Press, 2007), a conceptual and cultural history of the cynic and cynicism between the seventeenth and nineteenth century in Anglo-British writing. With Laura Rosenthal, I administer and contribute to a scholarly blog, The Long Eighteenth (http://long18th.wordpress.com/) that discusses eighteenth-century literature, history, culture, along with pedagogical issues. For the last three years, I have served as the Director of the UH Center for Teaching Excellence (http://cte.uh.edu/). My next book will be a literary history of the year 1771, told from the perspective of the published and unpublished writings produced and read in four cities: London, Edinburgh, Philadelphia, and Kingston, Jamaica.

MemberDaniel Davies

After studying in Edinburgh and Berlin, I entered the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate program in English, where I am currently completing my Ph.D. My research centers on war and literature in the late Middle Ages, focusing in particular on how the sprawling series of conflicts now known as the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) changed the way war was represented, theorized, and historicized. I also have related interests in classical reception, material texts, visual culture, and the methodologies of literary study.

MemberElizabeth Chang

Elizabeth Chang focuses in her research and teaching on the literature and visual culture of nineteenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on the cultural productions of the British empire during the Victorian era. Her monograph Britain’s Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford 2009) traces the cultural influences of Chinese places, things, and people, real and imagined, on the development of a modern British literary and visual culture in the nineteenth century. She is also the editor of a five-volume collection of nineteenth-century British travel writing from China (Pickering and Chatto 2010). Most recently she has published Novel Cultivations: Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century (Virginia 2019), which takes up the role of plants as both setting and subject in the Victorian genre novel to argue for a reconfigured understanding of environmental agency in popular literature.

MemberChristine Yao

Christine “Xine” Yao is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of English. She works on intersections of affect, race, gender, and sexuality in relation to science and law through long 19th century American literature. Her research has been published in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and American Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. She is an award-winning instructor of literature, culture, and writing. She completed her Ph.D.  in English at Cornell University in 2016 with minors in American Studies and Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Yao’s postdoctoral, PhD, and MA work has been funded by competitive national grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her archival research has been supported by travel grants to the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the College of the Library of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additional training thanks to the Center for American Visual Culture, the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, and the LGBT Leadership Academy at Cornell in Washington. For further information and CV, please see http://www.christineyao.com 

MemberRenata Kobetts Miller

Renata Kobetts Miller is professor of English at the City College of New York, where she also serves as Deputy Dean of Humanities and the Arts.  Her book The Victorian Actress in the Novel and on the Stage was published by Edinburgh University Press in November.  She is also the author of a book on adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her work on Victorian fiction and theater has appeared in MLQ, BRANCH, and the Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, among other places.  She is currently working on two projects: one on the Independent Theatre Society of the 1890s, and the other on interdisciplinarity in the Victorian novel.