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ELECTIONS 2019

The voting slate for open Board positions for NCSA

Author: Maura Coughlin/Sunday, January 27, 2019/Categories: Uncategorized

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Vice President (1 position)

Maura Coughlin is Professor of Visual Studies in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Her research, like her teaching, is interdisciplinary, drawing from visual studies, the environmental humanities and cultural anthropology. Ever since her first NCSA conference in 2006, she has appreciated the collegial and creative community of NCSA. She was a co-chair of the Boston NCSA conference in 2015 and she has served on the article prize committee, the nominating committee, the web and news committee and the executive Board of NCSA. She would be honored to serve NCSA as Vice President.


Electronic Communications Co-Director (2 positions)


Christa DiMarco is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on Vincent van Gogh's two-year stay in Paris, and her interests include urban planning, aesthetics, and material culture. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of the Arts and an MA and PhD in art history from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She delivered her first paper at NCSA in 2016 and enjoyed the community so much she co-organized the 2018 conference in Philadelphia. She hopes to continue serving the NCSA community to support the camaraderie among colleagues and the opportunities for emerging and established scholars. She also serves as an editor for the To Apply, To Attend section of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art newsletter.

Kate Faber Oestreich is Associate Professor of Literature, Writing, and New Media at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She and Jennifer Camden have co-authored a book entitled, Transmedia Storytelling: Pemberley Digital’s Adaptations of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (2018). Her scholarship and scholarly reviews have appeared in the Victorians Institute Journal, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, The CEA Critic, ARIEL, and the edited collection Straight Writ Queer. Oestreich serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, where she is also Co-Director of Electronic Communications and Co-Chair of the Web and Publicity committee.

Board (1 position)

Bartell Berg is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Southern Indiana, where he teaches courses on German language and culture as well graduate courses in second language acquisition, pedagogy, and methodology. His primary research focus is German and Austrian literature of the long nineteenth century, in addition to scholarship on language pedagogy. He is currently working on a translation of a German poetry collection published by the Harmonists, a nineteenth-century German-American utopian society. His scholarly work includes articles in the Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Die Unterrichtspraxis, Austrian Studies, and The Reading Matrix. Bartell has been a member of NCSA since 2009, served on the NCSA Publicity Committee from 2012-2016, has moderated numerous panels (including at the most recent two conferences in Philadelphia and Charleston), and enjoys attending the wide variety of presentations and offerings at the NCSA conference.

Céline Brossillon holds a Doctorate in nineteenth-century French literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in France. She is currently an Assistant Professor of French at Ursinus College, and has held faculty positions at Williams College, Princeton University and Harvard University. Her research explores the crisis of masculine identity at the end of the nineteenth century in France, and the relationship between solitude and madness in literature. Her approach to literature is interdisciplinary, and engages multiple fields such as cultural anthropology, sexuality and gender studies, and psychoanalysis. Her book on Maupassant’s bachelors is coming out this year with the C.N.R.S. Editions in France. She has been a copy-editor for the “Nineteenth-Century French Studies” journal for two years, and is a member of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Network (U.N.E).

Emily Godbey received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, her M.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her B.A. at Princeton University. She serves as an Associate Professor at Iowa State University in the Department of Art and Visual Culture. Her main body of work deals with the ideas of tragedy and mourning, writ most broadly, with published articles on photography during the American Civil War. Recently, she has been recognized as an expert in the realm of post-mortem photography. She also is interested in the influence of technology upon art and culture, hopefully leading to an article about butter sculpture and innovations in refrigeration.


Diana H. Polley is Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) where she teaches English composition, literary theory, and American literature before 1914. Her book, Echoes of Emerson: Rethinking Realism in Twain, James, Wharton, and Cather (University of Alabama Press, 2017), was recently announced as the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren—Cleanth Brooks Award (2018). She is currently working on a digital critical edition of Crevecoeur’s Letter’s from an American Farmer and has begun a monograph, “Cowboys and Capitalists,” which explores shifting representations of masculinity in late 19th-century American literature. She is a member of Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA), where she has presented on topics surrounding nineteenth-century American studies; in addition, she presently serves on the NCSA Emerging Scholar Award Committee.

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