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Election Slate 2018 for NCSA Board and Executive Board Members

Voting begins Feb. 19, 2018

Author: Kate Oestreich/Monday, February 12, 2018/Categories: Uncategorized, Voting 2018

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All current members of NCSA: please take the time to vote (beginning Monday, Feb. 19th) in our elections for Officers and the Board. We provide brief biographies of all candidates and, while the officer positions are uncontested, we really need your input in selecting 1 Board member. The Board oversees the direction and future of our group and we want to see as many disciplines and perspectives represented within our interdisciplinary group—so please take the few minutes to read and vote. We all know voting does indeed matter—and appreciate your input.


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Susan E. Cook is Associate Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University, where she coordinates the English Language and Literature Program on campus.  Her primary research focus is Victorian literature and visual culture, though she also teaches courses in 18th century and Romantic British literature, gender studies, and composition.  She is currently working on a monograph about the relationship between the Victorian novel and the photographic negative, and her articles include contributions to Dickens Studies AnnualEnglish Literature in TransitionDiscoursePedagogy, andNineteenth Century Studies (among others). Susan has been a member of NCSA since 2010, has been a Board Member since 2013, was Co-Director of the Boston Conference in 2015, and was Treasurer from 2015-2017, when she became President-Elect.  She is also a Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly Representative, and a member of the Dickens Society Board of Trustees.  



Maura Coughlin is Professor of Visual Studies in the department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She has been attending NSCA conferences since 2006, and first became involved in service to NCSA in 2009 on the Article prize committee.  Elected to the Board in 2011, Coughlin joined the Web committee in 2014 and became chair of Electronic Communications in 2016. With Susan Cook and Elif Armbruster, she was a co-organizer of the 2015 Material Cultures conference in Boston. Along with Kate Oestreich, who joined her as co-chair in 2017, she has been working to promote NCSA through the work of the News and Web committee. Together, the committee continues to look for ways to expand the NCSA community and share enthusiasm for the nineteenth century.

Her recent research is concerned with French Atlantic visual culture, coastal ecology, the rise of marine sciences in France and dialogues that have been struck between 19th and 21st century aesthetics and ecological ethics. Her contributions to this field combine first-hand experience of coastal landscapes, primary research in museums, archives and artist communities with a methodology informed by ecocriticism, new materialism and trans-corporeality. She is fascinated by the material flows of fish and animals, seaweed, salt, people, sand, stones, boats and other actors that moved across and through the tide line, and the ways in which the visual culture of the shore visualized intensely local perceptions of tide, geology, beach morphology, and marine botany.  Some of her side projects include an interest in theatrical taxidermy at World Fairs, the invention of French prehistory and the Outsider Art masterwork of the 19th century, the Ideal Palace.


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Wendy Castenell is an Assistant Professor of African American Art in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. Her research interests include African American art and representations of race and ethnicity in American visual culture in the long nineteenth century. Wendy has been a member of NCSA since 2013, and has presented at four annual conferences and been a moderator for two panels (including the upcoming Vistas conference in Philadelphia). She received her PhD in American Art and Visual Culture from the University of Missouri—Columbia in 2012.


Judith W. Page is Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida, where she also served as Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Her recent books are Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture (with Victoria Pagán and Brigitte Weltman-Aron), 2015 and Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape (co-authored with Elise L. Smith), which came out in 2014 in paperback from Cambridge. Page has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the NEH, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and the Chawton House Library. She has served on the NCSA in several capacities: as a member of the Emerging Scholars Selection Committee for three years (chair for one year) and as a member of the Board for the last three years. In 2017, she arranged a roundtable for the conference on interdisciplinarity in the nineteenth century. ‚Äč

Verónica Uribe has a BFA (2000), and an MFA (2001) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Humanities from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (2009). She is Associate Professor in Art History at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and currently chairs the Art History Department there. In June 2016, she was awarded a Paul Mellon Centre for British Studies Research Grant in London and in June 2017 a two month fellowship as a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. Her three Books are El arte del fragmento: el origen del boceto como expresión estética (Barcelona: Erasmus Ediciones, 2012), El pintor-viajero. Exploración y pintura en la creación moderna. (Barcelona: Erasmus Ediciones, 2013), and Tarabitas y cabuyas: la representación del puente en el arte colombiano del siglo XIX (Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes, 2016), and she is co-author of Manual de arte del siglo XIX en Colombia con aportes paralelos sobre arte europeo de Verónica Uribe Hanabergh (Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes, 2013). She has also published many scholarly articles.

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