MemberAmy Chen

…PhD, English, Emory University, 2013

MA, English, Emory University, 2010

BA, English and Political Science, University of Iowa, 2006…

Amy Hildreth Chen currently is the English and Communications Librarian at the University of Iowa. Previously, she served as Iowa’s English and American Literature Librarian (2018-2018) and Special Collections Instruction Librarian (2015-2017) as well as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Alabama (2013-2015).

MemberLee Konstantinou

I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. I wrote Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University Press, 2016) and co-edited The Legacy of David Foster Wallace with Samuel Cohen (University of Iowa Press, 2012). I also write the novel Pop Apocalypse (Ecco, 2009). I am currently working on a book project tentatively called “Rise of the Graphic Novel.”

MemberYvonne Seale

…Ph.D., History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2016.

M.Litt., Mediæval History, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2008.

B.A. (Hons.), History with Ancient History and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2006….

I am an Assistant Professor in the History Department of the State University of New York-Geneseo, where I teach courses with a focus on medieval history, women’s history, and the digital humanities. I earned my BA in History, Ancient History and Archaeology from Trinity College Dublin, and my MLitt in Mediaeval History from the University of St Andrews. I obtained my PhD in History from The University of Iowa in 2016. Follow me on Twitter at @yvonneseale or email me at

MemberTara L. McLellan Gilstrap

I am a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in English at The University of Mississippi. I earned my B.A. in English from Millsaps College and my M.A. in English from The University of Iowa. I have served on the American Studies Association Students’ Committee and as a graduate representative to the Executive Board of the Southern American Studies Association. I attended the Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute in 2009 and Heidelberg University’s American Studies Spring Academy in 2013. My dissertation, “We’ve a Story to Tell to the World”: Pentecostalisms in the Contemporary Literatures of the Global South, studies the motif of Pentecostalism in recent fiction from the Black Atlantic.

MemberSarah Bond

I am an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Iowa. I am interested in Roman, late antique, and early medieval history, archaeology, topography and GIS, Digital Humanities, and the role of Classics in pop culture (e.g., Game of Thrones). I obtained a BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005). My PhD is in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011). My book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, was published with the University of Michigan Press (October, 2016) and looks at the lives of marginalized tradesmen like gravediggers and tanners. Follow me on Twitter @SarahEBond, read my Blog, or email me at .

MemberGreg Prickman

…The University of Iowa Libraries…

Beginning in July, 2018 I will be the Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Since 2006 I have been at Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries. During my tenure at the University of Iowa, I have prioritized making collections accessible to contemporary audiences. I was the instigator of DIY History (, a crowdsourcing transcription project for Civil War diaries and other digitized manuscripts, and the creator and lead developer of The Atlas of Early Printing (, a digital, publicly accessible map depicting the development of printing in Europe in the 15th century that uses GIS mapping. Other projects have included the digitization of more than 10,000 science fiction, fantasy, and horror fanzines from the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection; renovation of the UI Libraries exhibition gallery; significant increases in instructional use of the collections; preservation and digitization of reel-to-reel data tapes from the Explorer satellites, first launched in 1958; and an innovative focus on social media and special collections. Under my leadership, recent acquisitions to the library’s collections include the Gallup family papers, the Tom Brokaw papers, and the Brinton Collection of Early Film. I appear in a 2017 documentary featuring this  collection entitled Saving Brinton (

MemberMarian Wilson Kimber

…University Of Iowa…

  Marian Wilson Kimber is Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa.  Her research about Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has appeared in numerous books and journals.  Wilson Kimber’s 2017 book, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word, published by the University of Illinois Press, explores women’s roles as performers and composers in the intersection of poetic recitation and music in American cultural life. The book is the recipient of the H. Earle Johnson Publication Subvention from the Society for American Music and an additional subvention from the American Musicological Society.  Wilson Kimber has recently taken up performing the women’s spoken-word compositions she writes about in the duo, Red Vespa, with pianist Natalie Landowski.