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MemberDaniel Golembeski

Dan Golembeski teaches French at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His research interests revolve around the field of sociolinguistics; he is especially intrigued by situations of language contact and minority language maintenance. For his doctoral thesis, he conducted fieldwork in Hearst, a French-speaking community in Northern Ontario, and over the past decade he has taken an interest in the linguistic situation of the island of Mayotte: he had the opportunity to travel there in 2003 and again in 2005. He is also a translator of travel literature and of works pertaining to environmental issues.

MemberWendy Laura Belcher

African language literature (especially that in Gəˁəz, Amharic, Hausa), Anglophone African literature, early African literature, African film, African women authors, history of the African book, African manuscript cultures, African female saints, and queer African studies; as well as race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature, comparative African and European studies, postcolonial literature, Chicana/o literature, African American literature, comparative hagiographies, gender and sexuality, memoir, indirection and censorship, travel literature, manuscript studies, prison literature, intellectual autobiography, and supernatural monsters.

MemberJessica Howell

I am Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University and Associate Director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. I completed a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London. My first monograph, Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate, was published in 2014 by Edinburgh UP, and my forthcoming book is titled Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2018). I teach courses in Victorian literature, literature and medicine, the Health Humanities, and women’s travel writing.  I convene the Health Humanities Seminar at the Glasscock Center and a grant on “Global Health and the Humanities.”