MemberBrandon Hawk

I am Associate Professor in the English Department at Rhode Island College. I received my B.A. in English from Houghton College in 2007, my M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2009, and my Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2014. My fields of expertise are Old and Middle English, history of the English language, digital humanities, the Bible as/in literature, translation, and the history of the book. Most of my interests in research and teaching encompass what might be called transmission studies: the afterlives of texts, including circulation, translations, adaptations, and re-presentations in various cultures and media.

MemberMargaret A. Noodin

I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I also serve at the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. I am also Book Review Editor for the journal, Studies in American Indian Literature, and Co-Editor of the annual volume, Papers of the Algonquian Conference. My primary research and writing centers on language revitalization and creative use of Anishinaabemowin. I am especially interested in working in digital environments to teach and entertain.  My poems have been published in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, and Yellow Medicine Review.  To see and hear current projects visit

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.

MemberKatharine Trostel

Katie Trostel earned her PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She serves as Assistant Professor of English at Ursuline College where she has a special interest in Latin American women’s writing, composition, and the digital humanities. Her research project is entitled, “Memoryscapes: Women Chart the Post-Trauma City in 20th- and 21st- Century Latin America.” It examines the treatment of urban space and memories of state-sponsored violence in the works of Latin American women writers of the post-trauma or post-dictatorship generation. She analyzes a largely unexplored archive of contemporary fiction that represents public spaces in the post-trauma city, and negotiates the relationship between collective and individual memory. Her work demonstrates the central role of women in debates over the public memorialization of state-sponsored violence in Argentina (Tununa Mercado), Chile (Nona Fernández), Mexico (Ana Clavel), and Peru (Karina Pacheco Medrano), and extends theories of memory and urban space by arguing that fictional cityscapes serve as primary sites through which difficult national memories are worked through. She also serves as the coordinator of the Venice Ghetto Collaboration.

MemberDr. Lainie Pomerleau

I work in Medieval and Early Modern English literature, with a focus on queen’s devotional reading and writing. My dissertation, Word and Deed: The Writing and Literary Culture of Medieval and Early Tudor Queens, considers how women like Margaret Beaufort, Cecily Neville, and Katherine Parr publicly informed and confirmed their and their husbands and sons’ royal authority to the aristocratic reading community. I have research interests in Old and Middle English literature and culture, medieval devotional literature, and medieval romance, as well as Shakespearean drama, particularly his histories. I also studies pedagogical approaches to teaching Old and Middle English texts and have lately been working on the connections between High and Late Medieval authorial practices and their contemporary print and digital counterparts. I’ve published work on the influence of medieval hagiography on Shakespeare’s Richard III in Renaissance Papers and am currently finishing and submitting articles on Cecily Neville’s aspirational influence in her Household Ordinances,  teaching Middle English romances with graphic novels, Queen Katherine Parr’s appropriation of Late Medieval devotional literary practices in her Lamentation of a Sinner, and an examination of The Awntyrs off Arthure at Terne Wathlyne as a localized purgatorial exemplum tale. She lives in Athens, GA,

MemberSimone Bregni, Ph.D.

I am an associate professor of Italian language, literature and culture with twenty-four years of teaching & leadership experience at the university level. My areas of specialization are Medieval & Renaissance Italian literature and foreign (F/L2) language acquisition. Currently, my focus is on the applications of technology and digital media to language acquisition, in particular video game-based learning (VGBL). In fall 2016, as a recipient of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Reinert Center for Innovative Teaching, I developed Intensive Italian for Gamers. The course was successfully taught in the SLU state-of-the-art Learning Studio in spring 2017. I have presented my research and results in workshops and presentations, at conferences and in publications (in print and forthcoming). I have an extensive and eclectic background in Classics (Greek and Latin, Philology, Literature), Ancient and Medieval History, Theology, Philosophy; but also in Cinema Studies, International Studies, Communications and Journalism. I definitely enjoyed the variety of my studies. I am a firm believer in multidisciplinary approaches to both learning and teaching.

MemberLeland Tabares

Leland Tabares is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on contemporary Asian American literature and culture, with interests in professional labor economies, institutionality, racialization, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, media studies, and popular culture. His work has been published in Profession, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.

MemberJeanne L. Gillespie

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Purdue, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Spanish with a concentration in Colonial Latin American Literature from the Arizona State University.Gillespie has published in peer-reviewed venues on Spanish colonial literary and cultural studies as well as in several areas related to innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary inquiry. Her current research passion is the documentation of plant materials and healing practices in indigenous Mexican documents, especially poetic and dramatic texts that were collected during the Spanish colonial administration. In conjunction with that research avenue, she is preparing an article on women’s voices in the Iberian colonial record that examines Native American women whose words and accounts have been recorded in Spanish documents.Gillespie is also working on an article examining the letters to and from the Duchess of Aveiro, Maria Guadalupe de Lencastre, a driving force in the Jesuit missionary endeavors in Latin America and Asia. She is preparing a book manuscript Performing Spanish Louisiana: Isleño Décimas and the Narratives of St. Bernard Parish, an analysis of Isleño texts, images, and folklore from this Spanish-speaking community in south Louisiana. Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. She also actively participates in the dissemination of innovations in teaching and learning, including collaborative and integrative learning, online learning, digital initiatives, study abroad and other experiential learning pedagogies. She has taught courses at all levels of Spanish language and cultures. In addition, she teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and in Interdisciplinary Studies. Gillespie is married to musician, John Palensky and is the mother of three vivacious children. Her home is filled with good food, great music and much love.