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:,

MemberBill Hughes

Bill Hughes was awarded a PhD in English Literature in 2010 from the University of Sheffield on communicative rationality and the Enlightenment dialogue in relation to the formation of the English novel. His research interests are in eighteenth-century literature; cultural and literary theory, particularly Raymond Williams, the Bakhtin circle, and the Frankfurt school; genre theory; aesthetics; intertextuality and the Semantic Web; and paranormal romance. He is co-founder, with Dr Sam George, of the Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Project at the University of Hertfordshire. He has publications out or forthcoming on Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Bernard Mandeville, Maria Edgeworth, Anne Radcliffe, and Charlotte Smith. Bill has also published on Richard Hoggart, with contributions in Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, ed. by Sue Owen (Palgrave, 2008), and Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique, ed. by Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton (Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011). In addition, he is researching contemporary vampire literature and paranormal romance, co-editing (with Dr George) and contributing to the collection, ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’: Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present (Manchester University Press, 2013); and with articles forthcoming on the eighteenth-century novel and paranormal romance. He is co-editor of and on the editorial board of the journal Monstrum (forthcoming). This apparently disparate research is not unfocussed; it has at its core Bill’s concerns with the Enlightenment as viewed through the theory of Habermas and the Marxist tradition.

MemberMichael John Goodman

Michael John Goodman received his PhD in English Literature form Cardiff University in February 2017. His thesis, ‘Illustrating Shakespeare: Practice, Theory and the Digital Humanities’ explored how digital technology can be used to make sense of historical (specifically Victorian) illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays. The project saw the launch of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, an online open access resource that contains over 3000 illustrations taken from Victorian editions of Shakespeare’s plays. In January 2017, Digital Arts Magazine named the archive as one of the top nine on the web for free historical images and Michael has also worked with the BBC to create a short video about the project for social media. Open Culture, Lit Hub, and Fine Books Magazine, amongst others, have also written about the project. You can learn more about the archive in an interview Michael did with arts and culture website, Hyperallergic. The Archive has also been used in secondary schools at Key Stage 4 to teach Romeo and Juliet to GCSE students. A founding member of Forms of Innovation (an AHRC-funded collaborative project that investigated the interplay between technology and literature), Michael also designed the website Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive, and is on the advisory board of the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Science Humanities’ initiative at Cardiff University. He was the Research Associate on Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network and the GW4 Remediating the Archive Project Fellow. Michael has written for The Conversation, the Education section in the Western Mail newspaper and has appeared on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show talking about Shakespeare and national identity. Michael has peer reviewed and written reviews for the journals the History of Education and the Journal of British Studies. He is currently writing his first monograph which will explore how the digital can help students and the general public engage meaningfully with the humanities. ​