MemberAliya James Allen Weise

…George Washington University
2019 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), American Literature
2008 Master of Arts, American Literature

University of Maryland College Park
2003 Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Creative Writing, Poetry

Western Washington University
2001 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Creative Writing, English

Green River Community College
1999 Associate of Arts, English…

Aliya recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the the George Washington University with a focus on American Literature and Culture and Critical Animal Studies. He is currently an instructor at the San Diego State University with the College of Education’s School of Teacher Education as well as at San Diego High School with the Academy of Finance. Prior to his Ph.D., he complete a Master of Fine Arts in poetry at the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in American Literature and Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Aliya is currently working on transforming his dissertation into a book-length study in addition to several creative writing projects.

MemberLaura Maria De Vos

I am an international student from Belgium working on my dissertation in the interdisciplinary fields of Indigenous Studies and American Studies at the University of Washington English department in Seattle. I received my MA in English Literature and Linguistics and my MBA in Cultural Management from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. My research argues that Indigenous ways of knowing offer under-considered analytical tools for reading across the entire terrain of U.S. literature, especially in the second half of the 20th century. I have volunteered with the Quinault Indian Nation Elder program in different capacities since 2014, and am now working specifically on an intergenerational digital oral history project with the Quinault elder program and the Taholah high school. I teach undergraduate courses at the University of Washington in Native American literatures and research methods.

MemberRahul K Gairola

Before accepting this unique opportunity at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, in January 2018, I taught at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee, India), The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), and other American institutions. In addition to a joint PhD in English and Comparative Literature/ Critical Theory, I hold English & Critical Theory certificates from Cornell and Cambridge universities. I also hold Digital Humanities certificates from forums including DHSI at Victoria, Canada; ESUDH at Leipzig, Germany; and DHOxSS at Oxford, UK. I speak, in this order, English, Hindi/ Urdu, Spanish, and German.   I am co-editor of “South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon” (London: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2020), co-author of “Migration, Gender and Home Economics in Rural North India” (New Delhi: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2019), author of “Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas & Transatlantic Belonging” (London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and co-editor of “Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays in Memory, Culture, and Politics” (New York: Lexington Books/ Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2016). I have widely published peer-reviewed essays in diverse fields, and have held various grants and fellowships at Washington, Cornell, Cambridge, Humboldt-Berlin, Yale, and Leipzig universities.   I’ve recently delivered talks at Emory University, Virginia Tech, University of Delhi, University of Melbourne, and the University of California-Berkeley. My teaching commits to students during and after their studies, the competitive job market, and interfaces of technology with everyday life. I have strong stakes in diversity, equity, and inclusion (cultivated by my upbringing in Washington, DC). My teaching and research critically interrogate power relations that buttress technology, race, class, gender, sexuality, colonialism, nationality, etc., that surface in the 21st Century. As such, I aim to transform skewed power relations within diverse learning spaces, and have lived in the USA, UK, Germany, and India in addition to Australia. I am Co-Editor, with Professor Bina Fernandez (University of Melbourne), of the Routledge/ Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Book Series.

MemberMarinela Golemi

Marinela Golemi is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at Arizona State University focusing on early modern drama. She was born in Albania, and grew up in Greece, but it was in Boston, MA where she discovered her passion for English literature. Her dissertation research has connected her back to those roots as she explores how Shakespeare has been appropriated in Albanian performances through the racialized and gendered rhetoric of translations. Her other research interests include global/glocal Shakespeares, bodies and early modern fashion, animal studies, and female power and agency in the early modern period. 

MemberJenny Marie Forsythe

…Western Washington University…

My name is Jenny Marie Forsythe, and I use she/her pronouns. I grew up in central Alabama, which is Muscogee (Creek) land. 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 Hernando de Soto’s invasion of Florida in the sixteenth century. For Garcilaso and his translators, translation included acts of writing, spoken interpretation, illustration, collecting, 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.