MemberHolly Horner

Holly Horner is a third-year PhD student in Literature focusing on British Romantic literature and Digital Humanities. Her research interests include the nineteenth-century gothic novel, Romantic women poets, and digital applications to literary studies. Most recently, her work on Charlotte Smith has been featured in Tokyo, Japan for The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH) and Birmingham, Alabama for South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA).

MemberLindsey Seatter

Lindsey Seatter (BA, MA, Simon Fraser University) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the British Romantic period and Digital Humanities, with special interest in women writers, the evolution of the novel, reader engagement, and online communities of practice. Her dissertation, “Imagining Publics, Negotiating Powers,” explores Austen’s use of free indirect discourse as an avenue for mirroring the shifting social spaces of Romantic Britain and navigating the emerging values of various populaces. She also works as a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, is a Colloquium Co-Chair for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and is a Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

MemberNicholas Mason

Nick Mason is Professor of English and, since 2012, Coordinator of the European Studies program at BYU. He specializes in British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the Romantic period. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on Romanticism, he also frequently offers classes on British literary history, the British novel, and contemporary Europe. His recent publications include Literary Advertising and the Shaping of British Romanticism (Johns Hopkins, 2013) and a collaboratively produced digital edition of William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes (Romantic Circles, 2015). His other major publications include an anthology of Romantic-era satires; a six-volume edition of poetry, tales, and criticism from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazineand a Broadview edition of Edward Kimber’s 1754 transatlantic novel The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. AndersonHe has also published articles in such journals as Modern Language QuarterlyNineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Symbiosis.

MemberStephanie Hershinow

Stephanie Insley Hershinow is Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, experimental literature, and literary theory. She has held a postdoc with the Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis and fellowships from the Rotary Foundation and the Fulbright Program. In the summer of 2016, she participated in the NEH summer seminar “Post-secular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, 1719-1897.” Her book, Born Yesterday: Inexperience and the Early Novel, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019. Buy Born Yesterday here! She owns 22 [ed. now 23!] different ratty paperback editions of Henry Fielding’s comic masterpiece, Joseph Andrews.

MemberElizabeth Chang

Elizabeth Chang focuses in her research and teaching on the literature and visual culture of nineteenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on the cultural productions of the British empire during the Victorian era. Her monograph Britain’s Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford 2009) traces the cultural influences of Chinese places, things, and people, real and imagined, on the development of a modern British literary and visual culture in the nineteenth century. She is also the editor of a five-volume collection of nineteenth-century British travel writing from China (Pickering and Chatto 2010). Most recently she has published Novel Cultivations: Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century (Virginia 2019), which takes up the role of plants as both setting and subject in the Victorian genre novel to argue for a reconfigured understanding of environmental agency in popular literature.

MemberTravis Lau

Travis recently completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English and is currently a postdoctoral teaching fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, the history of medicine, disability studies, body studies, and gender and sexuality studies. He is currently working on a book project drawn from his dissertation, Prophylactic Fictions: Immunity and Biosecurity, which traces the British literary and cultural history of immunity and vaccination in relation to conceptions of national health and the rise of the security state. His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, English Language Notes, and Digital Defoe. His creative writing has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Wordgathering, Assaracus, Rogue Agent, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (Handtype Press, 2015).

MemberShaun Johnston

I’m British, studied biochemistry at University College London, then became first a graphic artist in book publishing and then a medical and science writer. I’m unusual in having a foot in both the sciences and the arts and the humanities. My special interest is the meaning of us having evolved. I’ve self-published two novels, a play, a self-improvement manual and a non-fiction book, all on that subject, and since 2010 I’ve published the online resource Currently I’m concerned to promote my non-fiction trade book “Re-thinking What it Means We Evolved”–check Amazon for info–and in finding a publisher to take over my list. You can see me in action here:,