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MemberNatalie Berkman

Natalie Berkman recently completed her Ph.D. in French Literature at Princeton University with a certificate in Italian Studies. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century French and Italian literature, with her dissertation examining the mathematical methods of the interdisciplinary French literary collective, the OuLiPo. She also engages in digital humanities research, and has carried out multiple individual and group projects involving exploratory programming and text encoding.

MemberJennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes is a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia University. Her research investigates sites of interchange between literature and the visual and performing arts in Europe and the Americas. Her current book project explores the influence of Richard Wagner on the 20th century novel. Jennifer draws extensively upon the disciplines of film studies, performance studies, translation studies, and gender studies in her research. She spends summers on the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, where she runs and writes subtitles and speaks frequently on opera and drama. Jennifer is particularly interested in the ways in which narratives move across the permeable membranes of medium, culture, and time. She is the recipient of Columbia’s Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching for Literature Humanities and is deeply invested in experimental pedagogy, particularly in strategies that incorporate performing and visual arts practices into the literature classroom.

MemberCecilia Benaglia

I am Assistant Professor of French and Italian literature in the European Studies department at San Diego State University. I hold a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and Masters’ degrees in Comparative Literature from Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis. My dissertation (2017) explored the relationship between literature and politics in France and Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on writers Claude Simon and Carlo Emilio Gadda and using a sociological and sociocritical approach. My research interests include 20th and 21st century French, Francophone and Italian literature, the relation between politics and aesthetics, sociology of literature, translation studies and women’s and gender studies.

MemberSamuel Cohen

Samuel Cohen is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, where he teaches courses in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He is the author of After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s and co-editor of The Legacy of David Foster Wallace and The Clash Takes on the World: Transnational Perspectives on The Only Band that Matters. He is Series Editor of The New American Canon: The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture. He is also author of 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology and Literature: The Human Experience and is writing a book on the history of the American university press. He is 2019-2020 chair of the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities and is the 20th- and 21st-Century American Language, Literature, and Culture Forum Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly.