MemberMary Ann Tobin

Mary Ann Tobin, Ph.D., is Assistant Research Professor and Instructional Consultant with Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), where she shares her expertise on classroom and course assessment techniques, student engagement techniques, outcomes-based course design and curriculum development, inclusive and equitable teaching strategies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and other instructional matters with faculty throughout the university system. Before joining SITE in December 2016 she served as Triton College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, where she oversaw the college’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment and its Center for Teaching Excellence. There, she worked with faculty and administrators to develop student-centered pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment techniques. She has taught English composition, literature and business writing, in both traditional and online classrooms, since 1994 when she was a Teaching Fellow at Indiana State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature. She then taught for Duquesne University, where she earned a doctoral degree. She also taught for the Community College of Allegheny County, DeVry University Online, and Triton College. Beyond her pedagogical interests, her professional interests  and scholarship include 19th-century British culture and literature, particularly the life and work of Charles Dickens, marital law and custom, and women’s education.  She has presented on these topics at national and regional conferences, and her work on them appears in Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (McFarland, 2012) and Critical Insights: Great Expectations (Salem Press, 2009). Most recently, she has explored the intersections of Neo-Victorianism and innovative pedagogy as chair of a Dickens Society Sponsored Panel entitled “Neo-Dickens for a New Audience: Reading, Watching, and Teaching Dickens in the 21st Century” at the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference, in which she presented “A Christmas Carol: The Gift Book We Keep on Giving …  And Should Give More Often!”

DepositENGL 372: Nineteenth-Century Literature of the Americas and the British Empire

372 [HUM] 19th Century Literature of the British Empire and the Americas. 3 credit hours. Literary and cultural texts in English from 1800 to 1900 focusing on global British literature and literatures of the Americas. My investment in the course. I am concerned about our country’s inability to work against climate change, the mass incarceration of African Americans, and widespread sexual assault. Each of these problems have a long history in British and American literature. By exploring that history, my hope is that we gain perspective on issues that concern all of us today.

MemberNiall Sreenan

I am a researcher and critic working at the intersection of literature, the history of science, and philosophy, interested primarily in 19th century evolutionary thought and its cultural, political afterlives. My first monograph, Rethinking the Human in the Darwinian Novel, examines responses to evolutionary theory in 19th century literary realism and later Utopian fiction. Other projects, both in progress and complete, include work on the representation of islands in literature and philosophy, Michel Houellebecq, and the reception of Samuel Butler in the writing of Gilles Deleuze.

MemberJenny Marie Forsythe

I have broad training in the literatures and cultures of Latin America, the United States, and Europe. My research projects and recent publications focus on the French-, Spanish-, and English-language literatures and cultures of the early Americas in transatlantic contexts. Between the European invasion of Africa and the Americas in the 15th century and the 19th century, much of what is now the southern half of the U.S. was contested between Indigenous, Afro-descended, Spanish, French, British, and U.S. American people. Our understanding of the literature and history of the early U.S. is incomplete without considering the multiple languages used there and the movement of texts, ideas, people, and objects across the entire American hemisphere and Atlantic ocean. I am particularly interested in the relationship between translation and historiography. Who gets to translate history? What is added to (or subtracted from) history in translation? How do translators transform the histories they translate, and how are they transformed in the process?

MemberCandace Bailey

Candace Bailey is Professor of Musicology at North Carolina Central University. In 2019-20, she is a Fellow at the National Humanities Center as well as the Keller Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. She has served on and chaired several committees of the Society for American Music, the North American British Music Studies Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, in addition to serving as president and vice-president of NABMSA, and secretary of SSCM. She currently is on the editorial board for Studies in British Musical Cultures (University of Clemson Press). Professor Bailey investigates music in women’s culture of the 19th-century US (particularly the South), and keyboard music in 17th-century Britain. Her books include Seventeenth-Century British Keyboard SourcesMusic and the Southern Belle: From Accomplished Lady to Confederate ComposerCharleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord, and Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South (forthcoming). She was a contributing editor for Beyond Boundaries: Music Circulation in Early Modern Britain, and has edited two volumes of 17th-century keyboard music. Her articles appear in Music & LettersJournal of the Society for American Music, and elsewhere. Professor Bailey’s current projects include a study of women, race, and music in the antebellum South; women preserving culture through music during the Civil War; and a relational database of binder’s volumes (bound volumes of sheet music), for which she has begun a blog.

MemberSamuel Grinsell

I am a PhD student at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working on the history of the built environment of the Nile valley under the British Empire. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, I studied for a BA in Ancient History and History and an MA in Urban History, both at the University of Leicester. I also have an active interest in educational practices and learning technologies, and worked as an intern in the Technology Enhanced Learning team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, in the summer of 2016. I am chair of Pubs and Publications, a blog about PhD life. My current research combines environmental, architectural and urban histories to produce a new understanding of British imperial power in the Nile valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This can open up new readings of the histories of empire and modernity.