MemberMary Knighton

My research can be broadly divided into two areas: (1) 19th-20th century American and English literature, and (2) Modern and contemporary Japanese language, literature, and culture. Studies in global modernism and transnational exchanges bring these two fields together. Related research interests include feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory; the multi-ethnic literatures of the US, particularly African-American literature; the American South; Gothic literature; visual texts, arts, and culture.

MemberDavid Mastey

I teach and write about transatlantic literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am especially interested in how narratives from one transatlantic region—Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and/or the Americas—circulate and are consumed in other regions. For the past few years my main focus has been on African child soldier narratives, a transnational genre of novels and memoirs that achieved notable success in the United States and Europe, despite the relative indifference toward African writing in Western book markets. My research on this genre tends to revolve around predominant literary conventions, e.g. the ambivalent portrayal of humanitarian aid workers or how the texts make claims for the innocence of children who brutalize adults during wartime. I write about these and other features in Research in African Literatures, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Interventions, Genre, and English Studies. I am currently working on related projects/outputs in this area.

MemberEric Dean Rasmussen

Eric Dean Rasmussen is associate professor of English literature at the University of Stavanger. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, Dr. Rasmussen teaches courses on American literature and culture for the English section and literary theory and criticism for the graduate program in Literacy Studies. Eric is also senior editor for one of the first online scholarly journals of literary and critical writing, ebr, Electronic Book Review.As a researcher in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Eric collaborated on the trans-European digital humanities project ELMCIP (Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice) and worked as the first editor of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base, an online database about activity in the digital literary arts. He has served as a research associate for the Electronic Literature Organization, which he’s been affiliated with since its founding in Chicago in the late 1990s, and is currently a member of the Consortium for Electronic Literature (CELL), which is building a digital research infrastructure connecting database-driven projects based in Australia, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Norway, and the United States.Rasmussen’s research interests include the aesthetics, ideology, and technics of 20th and 21st-century literature, with an emphasis on the affective dimension of narrative forms; scholarly editing and publishing in the digital age; and the impact of new media technologies on the literary arts and (digital) humanities. Through his work in the digital humanities, he both analyzes and participates in the institutional transformation of literary studies via computational technologies and new media ecosystems. Within the contemporary media ecology, how can digital technologies facilitate collaborative research, teaching, and writing practices conducive to building robust literary networks? Literature: 20th- and 21st-century American fiction; transnational modernism and postmodernism; world literatures in English Cultural Studies: US history and society; ideology and politics; media studies and the network societyDigital Humanities: new media writing and publishing; database design; electronic literatureLiterary theory and criticism: aesthetics; affect and emotions; critical theory; the literary interview; poststructuralism and deconstruction; literary systems and media ecologies

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.

MemberAna I Simón-Alegre

Nineteenth-century Iberian literatures and cultures (popular music, journalistic discourse, archival studies, and narratives of punishment, trauma and prison); Spanish realism and naturalism; Spanish women’s transnational literary and cultural networks; Slavery and antislavery in the Hispanic world; Gender, Sexualities and Women studies; Postcolonial studies; Global Hispanophone studies; Digital Humanities; Translation Studies & Activism; Visual and Written fiction narratives in the Hispanic Movies; Inclusive Language;

MemberDebra Faszer-McMahon

Dr. McMahon is Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages. Research interests include 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature, Poetry, and Immigration. Her most recent book is a co-edited collection titled African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Strait (Routledge/Ashgate Press 2015). She has also published Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain: The Poetry of Clara Janés (Bucknell UP 2010), as well as numerous journal articles in peer-reviewed publications such as Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture. She has also co-edited a volume entitled A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture, which is under contract with Vanderbilt University press, to be published in 2020. She is currently working on a manuscript about contemporary Spanish poetry written by Saharaui immigrants in Spain. She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany. She is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.

MemberAlexander Starre

Dr. Alexander Starre John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies Department of Culture Freie Universitaet Berlin   Research Interests: American Literature and Culture (esp. contemporary and late 19th/early 20th century), Cultural and Media Theory, Book Design and Textual Materiality, Contemporary Print Culture and Digitization, Knowledge Creation, Ecocriticism