MemberTana Jean Welch

Tana Jean Welch is a poet and scholar of contemporary American poetry. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from Florida State University in 2013, specializing in medical humanities, American poetry and poetics, multiethnic literature, posthumanism, new materialism, and gender theory. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine where she teaches courses in literature, writing, and humanities and serves as the managing editor for HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. Her critical work has been published in MELUSThe Journal of Ecocriticism, and Academic Medicine. Her poetry has been published in The Southern ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Gettysburg Review, and other national literary journals. Her first collection of poetry, Latest Volcano, was the winner of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.

MemberRachel Seiler Smith

Scholarspiel: I’m a feminist scholar of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. It’s a thrilling, uncomfortable, difficult balance. Skillsetspiel: I’m also an experienced technical writer and document designer with a love for free digital media tools that don’t require coding time or knowledge (because real DH isn’t exclusionary). Personalspiel: Meatloaf disturbs me on a conceptual level. I’m living with autoimmunity, so I try really hard not to be self-sabotaging externally. When I was a kid, I struggled to read analog clocks, but I told my mom I didn’t understand the meaning of time—I think that’s why I’m here. Lieblingsspiel: Euchre. Balderdash a close second.

MemberAndrew Godfrey-Meers

Andrew Godfrey-Meers is a PhD researcher in English and Comic Studies at the University of Dundee, and was the principal organiser of the 7th International Comics & Medicine conference (theme Stages & Pages) in Dundee in 2016. His research focuses on representations of disability, illness, and medical treatment in the interdisciplinary field and genre of Graphic Medicine. Using ritual, myth, and genre as theoretical tools he explores the tension between transformative and restrictive models in works of Graphic Medicine as well as in the field itself. He has previously self-published comics about his experiences with the chronic illness Cystic Fibrosis, as well as collaborative comics on mental health with Emma Jeramie, under the name Sicker Than Thou. His future research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Examining the limitations of empathy in Graphic Medicine and the Medical Humanities
  • Expanding on research on Graphic Medicine as a field and genre (its discursive and social functions, positioning, and exclusions, etc.)
  • Exploring the potential links between Graphic Medicine, disability, welfare, and healthcare activism (particularly regarding the differences between the UK and US Systems, increasing privatization in the NHS, and coercive healthism and technology)

Currently looking for postdoctoral research positions.

MemberJune Oh

June Oh is a Ph.D student in Department of English at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie in age studies, 18th century British literature, medical humanities, and disability studies. Her work particularly focuses on the relationship between aging body and the medical talks of the past. She is currently working on a DH project, “Mapping of Monsters in Literature”, in which she uses ArcGIS to investigate how gender of a monster affects its spatial representation.

MemberMelissa Hudler

I am an assistant professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages and the Honors College at Lamar University, where I teach a variety of courses, including Freshman Composition, British Literature, Ethics and Literature, and Health Humanities. I have also held two administrative positions (Writing Center Director and Director of Lamar’s Quality Enhancement Plan) and am active in Lamar University’s faculty development program. Since 2014, I have served on the Editorial Board for Survive and Thrive: A Journal of Narrative as Medicine.