MemberPaula Simoes

I am a researcher, social media manager, and consultant currently living in Lisbon, and finishing my PhD @ CEIS20, University of Coimbra, Portugal. My interests range from Digital Humanities to History. I am also interested in Cultural Heritage, Public Domain, Open Access, and Free Software. I’m also president of the Portuguese Association for Free Education (free as in free speech, not as in free beer). More

MemberJames S. Finley

I am Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University – San Antonio. My scholarship includes the edited collection Henry David Thoreau in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and articles in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies. I have received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Thoreau Society and was part of the faculty for the 2017 NEH seminar “Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau.” I am currently at work on a book manuscript that addresses the literary production of radical abolitionists affiliated with the Free-Soil movement. “Free Soil Abolition: Slavery, Race, and Ecology in Antebellum America” presents a dramatically different portrait of the Free-Soil movement, one that foregrounds Black abolitionists and their critique of plantation slavery as ecologically destructive. In particular, I argue that figures such as Henry Bibb, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Martin Delany, and others, do not seek to simply restrict the Slave Power’s extension, as did white Free-Soilers, but instead to abolish anti-Black and anti-ecological structures that permeate antebellum society. Truly free soil, according to these figures, requires environmental justice and anti-racism. Attending to this archive, I suggest, significantly shifts contemporary understandings of both the Free-Soil movement and early American nature writing.

MemberAnthony Rasmussen

I am a postdoctoral fellow with the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS). My work explores, among other things, the intersection of aurality and gender, strategic vulnerability in musical performance, and what I call the transmusical–the under-explored areas between culturally-inflected definitions of “music” and “sound.” My current work concerns the socio-cultural aspects of whistle languages in contemporary Mexico City. In my free time I study requinto jarocho and tres cubano and make music with the experimental pop group, The Fantastic Toes.

MemberLindsey Seatter

Lindsey Seatter (BA, MA, Simon Fraser University) is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the British Romantic period and Digital Humanities, with special interest in women writers, the evolution of the novel, reader engagement, and online communities of practice. Her dissertation, “Imagining Publics, Negotiating Powers,” explores Austen’s use of free indirect discourse as an avenue for mirroring the shifting social spaces of Romantic Britain and navigating the emerging values of various populaces. She also works as a Research Assistant in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, is a Colloquium Co-Chair for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and is a Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

MemberCristina Gil

Cristina Gil has been awarded a Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) PhD Research scholarship. She currently is developing her doctoral research in Culture Studies at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) at the School of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal under the research line of Cognition and Translatability.  She was a Portuguese Sign Language Interpreter for thirteen years, she has a vast experience in both national and international contexts. Since 2010 she has lectured in higher education schools and universities on subjects related to Deaf Studies and is now a full-time junior researcher/doctoral student. Feel free to contact by email at


I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. I am a Black Studies scholar focusing on African American culture from the 18th century to the present. I also study the Haitian Revolution and the Northern Kingdom period, as well as intersections between African American and French culture. My first book, The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture, follows this literary trope from the 17th century to the early 20th in European, West Indian and North American literature and historiography. It is forthcoming at the University of Georgia Press (Spring 2019). I have translated the French treatise Free Jazz/Black Power by Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli (Mississippi UP: 2015), and edited a scholarly edition of Marcus Rainsford’s An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti (Duke UP: 2013; co-edited with Paul Youngquist). My articles have been published in Studies in American Fiction, the African American Review, Criticism, and Notes and Queries. I am the current President of the African American Literature and Culture Society (AALCS) and of the Amiri Baraka Society.

MemberJennifer Way

I am an art historian specializing in the 20th and 21st centuries, with emphasis on the period from 1945 to the present. Previously, I worked in the curatorial departments of art museums in Philadelphia and Detroit and in leadership for nfp organizations. My current research explores how Americans engaged with a foreign art form in projects that intersected international agendas with domestic everyday life, and linked the United States and Vietnam on questions of diplomacy, domestication and belonging in the Free World during the 1950s. I use historical texts and contemporary theory to illuminate archival materials, object practices, and discursive meanings that arise at the intersection of politics, economy and art. Course topics I teach in relation to my research examine craft and decorative art in historiographies of modernism; visual culture, refugees and migrants; art and suffering; objects of diplomacy; heritage and memory; and the politics of exhibitions.