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Election Slate 2017 for NCSA Board and Executive Board Members

Voting begins Jan. 9 2017

Author: Maura Coughlin/Thursday, December 29, 2016/Categories: Uncategorized

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As a current member of NCSA, please take the time to vote 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 5-7 Board members. 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 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, as well as gender studies.  She is currently working on a monograph about the relationship between the Victorian novel and the photographic negative.  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 has been Treasurer since 2015.  She is also a Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly Representative, and a member of the Dickens Society Board of Trustees.       


Elif S. Armbruster, PhD, is Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University. She focuses her research and teaching on mid-to-late 19th and early-20th century American Literature, Women's Writing, American Memoir and Autobiography, and Immigrant Literature. She has taught a wide-range of courses including those on Women Writing the American West, Captivity Narratives, Literary Dwellings, and World Literature. Armbruster is the author of Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home (2011) and wrote the introductions for and edited the Barnes & Noble editions of Wharton's Summer (1917) and Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). She has published or is working on essays on Willa Cather, Laura Esquivel, Anchee Min, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, among other women writers. She is a current Board member of NCSA, the Boston conference of which she co-organized.


Catherine Anderson is Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, CA.  She has also taught at the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Davis.  She received her Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Brown University.  A specialist in art of the late 19th-century British Empire, her teaching interests also include gender studies, racial theory, and contemporary art and the environment.  A member of NCSA since 2007, she chaired the Publicity Committee in 2009-2011, co-organized the annual conference in Fresno, CA in 2013, and has served as Secretary since 2014.


Katherine Haldane Grenier is a Professor and Chair of the History Department at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  She is the author of Tourism and Identity in Scotland, 1770-1914: Creating Caledonia (Ashgate, 2005) and is currently working on studies of late nineteenth-century Roman Catholic pilgrimages in Great Britain, and of Sabbatarianism in Victorian Scotland.  She has been a member of the NCSA Board and the Article Prize Committee.  She is a co-director of the 2017 Charleston conference.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (at least 5 and up to 7 possible members)

David Agruss is Honors Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University.  His training is in comparative literature (British, French, and Russian), and his scholarly work is situated at the intersections of gender and sexuality studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, queer studies, and science and technology studies.  His areas of research cluster around boyhood, masculinity, race, imperialism, and Englishness; geology, paleontology, and vivisection; and both Egypt and Russia in the Victorian imagination.  He has presented papers at NCSA conferences since 2010 and is enthusiastic about extending his involvement with NCSA to include service, vision, and leadership.  At various institutions he has organized conferences and speaker series; founded both faculty and graduate student colloquia; served as Director of Graduate Studies; served on department, program, and library steering committees; and worked on redesigning curricula for undergraduates and graduate students.


Dr. Bartell Berg is an Assistant Professor of German in the World Languages and Cultures department at the University of Southern Indiana.  He earned his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in Germanic Languages and Literatures.  His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austrian and German literature and culture, literature and ecology, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy.  Dr. Berg’s recent work examines the teaching of environmentalism and culture in the German classroom, environmental discourse in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austrian literature, colonialist perspectives in nineteenth-century Austrian writing, and contested communities in nineteenth-century Austrian writing.  For the past four years, Dr. Berg has served on the publicity committee of the NCSA and has presented at the NCSA’s annual conferences four times.  He is also a regular presenter at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) and serves on numerous committees at his home institution, e.g. Core Curriculum Committee, Teacher Education Council, and New Program Development Committee.


Dan Bivona, who teaches in the English Department at ASU, has published three books on 19th and 20th century British literature and culture as well as a co-edited collection and a number of essays. He counts among his fields of interest 19th and 20th century fiction, travel literature, the literature of Empire, literary theory, nineteenth century sexuality, and science and literature.  His recent work has taken him to the study of animal architecture and nineteenth century theories of mind.  Tenured in 1999, he served successively as Chair of the English department, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Divisional Dean of Undergraduate Programs before returning to full-time faculty work in 2007.  He has had an important role in organizing major conferences for NCSA (2010) and NAVSA (2016).

Emily C. Burns is Assistant Professor of Art History at Auburn University where she offers classes on European and US nineteenth-century art. Her research concerns Franco-American artistic exchange in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and her book Transnational Frontiers: the Visual Culture of the American West in the French Imagination, 1880-1914 is forthcoming from University of Oklahoma Press. She presented research on US representations of the transatlantic voyage at NCSA in 2013, and, based on some great feedback, subsequently published it as an essay in 2014 (Tricia Cusack, ed. Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the present). In 2016, she became more involved in serving the organization on the Article Prize Committee, and would like to more active in shaping the organization’s trajectory and programming. She has also organized panels for the Association of Historians of American Art, the Southeastern College Art Conference, and the Western Society for French history, as well as a symposium at the Institut National de l'histoire de l'art in Paris on the American West in France (March 2016). 


Dr. Sarah Iepson, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department at the Community College of Philadelphia.  My area of study is nineteenth century American art history, particularly focused on antebellum portraiture and photography and the visual culture associated with mourning and grief.  I have participated at the NCSA Conference as a presented on four occasions, the first time in 2008 as a graduate student., and I have also served as a panel moderator. Most recently, I assisted in the planning and selection of papers for the 2017 NCSA and am a member of the planning committee for the Philadelphia conference in 2018. 


Susan Jaret McKinstry, Helen F. Lewis Professor of English at Carleton College, studies the Pre-Raphaelites with a focus on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, intermedial arts, the ideal book, and art and labor. She co-edited Feminism, Bakhtin, and the Dialogic (1991), and has published articles on Rossetti, Morris, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, and others, as well as numerous book reviews.  She is also a poet. At Carleton she co-directed the interdisciplinary Visual Learning initiative (2009-2012), and was Associate Director of Digital Humanities (2013-14); she is a Fulbright Specialist in Visual Studies (2014-19). She has served on the NCSA Article Prize committee (2014-17; chair 2016-2017).


Jillmarie Murphy is associate professor of English at Union College. Her research examines trans-Atlantic literature through the early-twentieth century and employs the psycho-social paradigm of attachment theory, drawing on topics considering parenting, gender, race, and class and their relationship to human-to-human, human-to-place, and human-to-animal bonding in literature. She has published two books: Hawthorne in His Own Time (University of Iowa 2007) and Monstrous Kinships: Realism and Attachment Theory in the Nineteenth Century Novel (University of Delaware 2011). Her current book, Attachment, Place, and Otherness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: New Materialist Representations is forthcoming (Routledge 2017). She has published journal articles and essays examining Puritan poetics, the early American republic, antebellum writers, realist and naturalist fiction, and the Victorian novel. She was named John D. MacArthur assistant professor, is a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Board, and is currently the Byron A. Nichols Endowed Fellow. From 2012-2015, Jill was a member of the NCSA “Emerging Scholars Prize Committee,” serving as chair in 2015.


Thomas Prasch, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Washburn University, received his PhD from Indiana University in 1995. His work has been published in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and in several edited collections. A past president of Midwest Victorian Studies Association and Kansas Association of Historians, he first presented at the NCSA in 1996.

Christine Roth  is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches nineteenth-century British literature. She was the recipient of the NCSA President's Award in 2015. She previously served on the Executive Board as the Electronics Communications officer, and she created, launched, and maintained NCSA’s first professional website. She also served on and chaired the Article Prize Committee. She was the program director for the 2005 conference on "Infantuation" in Augusta and the 2009 conference on "The Green Nineteenth Century" in Milwaukee, as well as the local arrangements coordinator for the 2014 conference in Chicago. Her recent publications include “The Zoocentric Ecology of Thomas Hardy’s Poetry" (in Victorian Writers and the Environment, Routledge, 2016) and “The Narrative Promise: Redesigning History in La Gazette du Vieux Paris.” (CEA Critic, 2016).

Arnold Anthony Schmidt, Ph.D., Professor of English at the California State University, Stanislaus, pursues research in Abolition & Slave Narratives, Anglo-Italian Relations, Literature of the Sea, Theatre, and Women Writers. Schmidt’s Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism, from Palgrave-Macmillan (2010), received an Elma Dangerfield Award from the International Byron Society, and his three-volume, 24-play anthology of British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850 is forthcoming from Pickering & Chatto/Routledge in 2017. Schmidt’s film credits include Assistant Producer on "The Silence" (nominated, 1983 Academy Award, best short dramatic film); Screenplay for 1984 Cannon Films feature Deja Vu, and Story Writer for Warner Bros. sitcom Alice ("Tommy's Lost Weekend" nominated, 1985 Emmy Award).   He co-organized the 2013 NCSA conference in Fresno, CA, has served as an NCSA Board Member, and he advises the Graduate Student Caucus.


Laura Mooneyham White is the John E. Weaver Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has published widely on Jane Austen and on interdisciplinary topics in nineteenth-century British literature and art, but her most recent book, The Alice Books and the Contested Ground of the Natural World, forthcoming from Routledge, concerns Lewis Carroll.  She was the Local Arrangements Director for the 2016 NCSA conference in Lincoln, and in this capacity has been on the Board from 2015 to the present; she also has served on the Article Prize Committee, which she will chair in 2017. 



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