MemberMegan Vallowe

My research takes an intersectional approach to Indigenous Literature of the Western Hemisphere, while my teaching more broadly emphasizes race and gender across literary periods and locales. My book project, “Indigenous Women’s Resistance in 19th Century Popular Media,” examines the biopolitics of Indigenous women’s manipulation of settler-colonial rhetorics in the long 19th century. When teaching, I encourage students to find their own voices through intersectional discussions of texts that demonstrate the rich diversity of American literature. My courses rely on discussion-based pedagogy that allows students to discover their voices, critically engage with texts, and take ownership of their education.

MemberSerpil Oppermann

…sm. Eds. Serenella Iovino and Serpil Oppermann. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2014.

New International Voices in Ecocriticism. Ed. Serpil Oppermann.  Lanham, New York: Lexington Books, 2015.


  Serpil Oppermann is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Cappadocia University, and currently President of EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment). She is also an active member of ASLE: The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, serving on ASLE Translation Grants Committee in support of work in ecocriticism from international scholars to expand exchanges across cultures and traditions, as well as ASLE Mentoring Program. She has published widely on postmodern, material, and feminist ecocriticisms, and ecocritical theory. Her edited collections include International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism  (with Greta Gaard and Simon Estok, Routledge, 2013), Material Ecocriticism (with Serenella Iovino, Indiana University Press, 2014), and Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene (with Serenella Iovino, Rowman& Littlefield, 2017). She has also edited Ekoeleştiri: Çevre ve Edebiyat (Phoenix, 2012) and New Voices in International Ecocriticism (Lexington Books, 2015).  

MemberMisha Penton

I’m a soprano, experimental vocal composer, and performance creator. I invent and performs solo and collaborative (post)opera and new music works; and my projects blossom in many forms: live performances, audio and video works, site specific / installation pieces, and writings. My research explores feminist myth and fairytale, and reimagines Romanticism in the 21st century. In a return to academia, I’m currently a PhD in music and voice at Bath Spa University, UK.

MemberAndrew J. Eisenberg

I am an ethnomusicologist and sound culture researcher specializing in urban Kenya. I received my PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, with a dissertation on voice, place, and identity on Kenya’s Swahili coast. From 2011 to 2013, I carried out research on the recording industry in Nairobi as a postdoctoral research associate with Georgina Born’s ERC-funded project on music and digital technology at Oxford. Currently I am working on an ethnographic monograph on music, spatial relations, and cultural citizenship in urban Kenya, while also continuing my research on the recording industry in Nairobi.

MemberScott Hames

Research interests in modern Scottish literature and cultural politics; contemporary fiction; Anglophone vernacular writing; modernism and critical theory.Articles on James Kelman (and masculinity, existentialism, canonicity, art-speech), Alistair MacLeod, William McIlvanney, Alice Munro, Andrew O’Hagan, Don Paterson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh, Scottish novels of education, vernacular fetishism, devolution, ‘theory’ and cultural nationalism. Work in progress on the culturalist narrative of Scottish devolution, and the politics of ‘voice’. []Editor of Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman and Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence. [] Co-editor of the International Journal of Scottish Literature.