MemberMichele Sigg

Michèle Sigg is the Associate Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and Managing Editor of the Journal of African Christian Biography, available online at Her research focuses on African and European Christian history, women in world Christianity, and renewal movements. Her dissertation examined the work of women in nineteenth century French Protestantism and missions. Her master’s thesis was a study of the role of women in an indigenous revival movement in Madagascar known as the Fifohazana. The DACB, founded in 1995, is an international collaborative digital project documenting the history of Christianity in Africa. The over 2,500 biographies currently on the site represent only a fraction of the leading figures of African Christianity. Among these, women are underrepresented even though they make up the majority of church membership.  

MemberAlison Booth

Prosopography: with IATH and Scholars’ Lab at UVA, I’m working on Collective Biographies of Women, an online bibliography and database. With Suzanne Keen, we’re developing an approach to nonfiction narrative, specifically biographies in “documentary social networks,” using a stand-aside XML schema, BESS. Always interested in books, Victorian literature, women writers and feminist studies, narrative theory. Looking for wisdom on space and narrative, word-image studies; in the DH context, this means things like Neatline and visualizations of all sorts. and

MemberLuisa Banki

I am a doctoral researcher in the Research Training Group “The Real in the Culture of Modernity” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Konstanz, Germany. I studied Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies in Munich, Oxford and Berlin and am currently working on my dissertation developing a “Post-Catastrophic Poetics” in Walter Benjamin and W. G. Sebald. My interests include: modern European literature; (auto)biography; psychoanalysis; second and third generation post-Shoah literature; the relationship between image and writing; literature as a place of knowledge production

MemberEmily Bell

…ictorian Men: Affect and Animals in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Dickens Quarterly (invited review; forthcoming).

Alex Zwerdling, The Rise of the Memoir. Notes and Queries (invited review; forthcoming).

Márta Minier and Maddalena Pennacchia (eds), Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 32.2 (2017): 419-33.

Anne Chansky Ricia and Emily Hipchen (eds), The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader. Forum for Modern Language Studies 52.4 (2016): 477.

Julie-Marie Strange, Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865–1914. Reviews in History (2016): no. 1926.

Lucinda Hawksley, Charles Dickens’ F…

My PhD focused on Charles Dickens’s self-representation in speeches and journalism 1857 – 1870 and explored life writing by Dickens’s family and friends 1870 – 1939, aiming to uncover Dickens’s image-making in his later years and to show how the author’s posthumous reputation was shaped in the decades following his death. I am developing a postdoctoral project on the role of literary circles in commemoration which will consider nineteenth-century writers and their networks, and in 2018 I will be a British Association for Romantic Studies and Wordsworth Trust Fellow at Dove Cottage, working on archival material connected to William Wordsworth’s circle. I have a keen interest in digital humanities and social media in teaching and research, running training sessions for postgraduates and academics as well as introducing blogging and digital marketing skills into my teaching. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

MemberRyan M. Claycomb

Ryan Claycomb is Associate Professor of English, and Assistant Dean of the Honors College at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he teaches and writes on modern drama, life writing, cultural studies, gender studies, and contemporary British literature. He is author of *Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage* (U of Michigan P, 2012), and co-editor, with Randi Kristensen of *Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom* (Lexington Books, 2009).