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MemberChristopher Jenks

Christopher Jenks received his graduate degrees from George Mason University and Newcastle University (England).  Before arriving at the University of South Dakota, he taught at the City University of Hong Kong, Newcastle University, and Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea).  He specializes in the political and cultural implications of the global spread of English.  His research interests include multiculturalism, critical race theory, translingualism, postcolonialism, neoliberalism, and national identities.  His eight published and forthcoming books cover a range of topics, including chat room interaction, intercultural communication, and second language acquisition. His 2010 edited collection on second language acquisition was runner-up for the 2011 British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Award. He is currently working on a project that examines how roadside billboards of the Midwest represent discursive spaces for national identity construction.

MemberStevie Scheurich

I am a PhD student in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. I am also a graduate teaching associate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I have a BA in sociology and anthropology and an MA in gender studies, and my research interests include queer theory, feminist philosophy, ethics, identity narratives and performances, and the intersection and interplay of spiritual, sexual, and national identities with a specific focus on the digital communities of objectum sexuals and queer secular witches.

MemberJohn Havard

I am an associate professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery specializing in early American literature. My monograph, Hispanicism and Early U.S. Literature: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the Origins of U.S. National Identity, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. My recent published essays include work on James Fenimore Cooper, Mary Peabody Mann, Martin Delany, and early African-American fiction. I am in the early stages of beginning a new book project on the influence of the rhetoric of religious liberty on early American literature.

MemberDiana King

Diana King holds a PhD in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She specializes in cultural, political, and intellectual exchanges between France and China, transnational literature, and modern Chinese history. Her current book project, “Translating Revolution in Twentieth-Century China and France,” examines how French and Chinese writers interpreted each other’s revolutions during key moments of political crisis and change, and contends that translation served as a key site of knowledge production, shaping the formulation of various political and cultural projects from constructing a Chinese national identity to articulating women’s rights to thinking about radical emancipation in an era of decolonization. An instructor of French at Columbia, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.  

MemberKayla Dold

I am from Perth, Ontario and have lived in Ottawa for the past 4 years, excluding the year I spent abroad in Edinburgh, UK. I work as a student assistant for Research Support Services in Carleton’s MacOdrum Library, and I have spent the last three summers as the Children’s Programming Assistant for the Perth and District Union Public Library.  I plan on earning a Master of Arts in Political Science and then a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science to hopefully become a research librarian one day. My current academic interests include the politics of identity and nationalism, and how the two interact and manifest themselves on the international stage. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between Scottish and British national identities after the 1707 Act of Union and how they created a legacy inherited by Scots today. I find the tension between identifying as Scottish and/or British fascinating in light of the UK’s current political climate, which includes Brexit and SNP independence talks. I also find the current political climate in Spain, concerning Catalonian independence, interesting in light of the SNP’s declaration this spring that Catalonian independence is a ‘sister cause’.