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MemberJames Daniel Elam

Rhetoric and Public Culture Program/Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern UniversityI write about Indian anticolonialism, print culture, modernism, and transnationalism between World War I and World War II. I currently teach South Asian/South Asian American literature and literatures of Afro-Asian Solidarity.I have written about Dhan Gopal Mukerji, W.E.B. DuBois, Bhagat Singh, Emma Goldman, and Lala Har Dayal.jdelam@u.northwestern.edu

MemberAnn Planutis Linder

Literature of the First World War; Propaganda of the First World War (visual and written); European Nationalism; French, German and English literature and culture from 1890 to 1940. I have just retired from nearly 40 years teaching languages at the university and secondary level, and I’m starting a long-anticipated book analyzing WWI propaganda posters in their cultural and historical contexts.

MemberSean Gerrity

I research representations of maroons and marronage in US literatures prior to the Civil War. I’m interested in nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature, and hemispheric American literatures, specifically the intersections of race, slavery, resistance, freedom and textuality in the Atlantic world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am also interested in anti-racist and anti-colonial pedagogies and assessments at the community college, and in all things related to teaching and researching as a community college faculty member.

MemberWyatt Bonikowski

I am Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, where I teach courses on Female Gothic, horror fiction, psychoanalysis and literature, graphic novels, and creative writing. I am the author of the monograph Shell Shock and the Modernist Imagination: The Death Drive in Post-World War I British Fiction (2013) and essays in Modern Fiction StudiesGothic Studies, and Marvels & Tales. My current research focuses on women writers who draw on the Gothic and fairy-tale traditions, such as Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Barbara Comyns, Shirley Jackson, and Helen Oyeyemi. I am also a fiction writer with short story publications online and in print in journals such as Atticus ReviewDenver Quarterly, Fairy Tale ReviewNecessary FictionNew World WritingSmokeLong QuarterlyWigleaf, and others.

MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. I am currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.  

MemberLaura A. Shackelford

My research examines and exploits the comparative perspective post-World War II literary texts, in print or digital media, provide on digital cultures. I study literary encounters with digital cultures in a variety of media – print fiction, electronic literatures, digital games, graphic novels, and film. I’m particularly interested in how such experimental, cross-media literary and artistic practices, in experimenting with narrative and digital textualities and poetics, register and creatively and critically reflect on contemporary digital cultures, information and systems sciences, and computation-based technologies in the U.S. My research draws on feminist science studies and systems’ theoretical methods.

MemberMartin Griffin

I’m originally from Ireland, lived for many years in Germany, and entered academia late(-ish) in life. I lived for ten years in Southern California, during my doctorate at UCLA and after that, working at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate U. Sometimes I miss the earthquakes and the range of food options. I’ve been in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee for eleven years now, and I appreciate the daily opportunity to work with engaging and supportive colleagues.