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MemberErik Hammerstrom

I teach about religion in China and East Asia, with a focus on Buddhism. In my research I specialize in the intellectual and institutional history of Chinese Buddhism during the modern period. I have studied Buddhist responses to elements of modernity, such as the discourses surrounding both religion and modern science; and I am currently writing a “biography” of Huáyán 華嚴 school of Chinese Buddhism in the early twentieth century. As an extension of my work on Chinese Buddhism, I helped establish the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism.

MemberMatthew Kilburn

Freelance academic writer, editor and researcher. Currently working for Oxford English Dictionary on lexicographical sources; for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as associate research editor and contributor; and on personal writing projects. Staff roles have included research officer at History of Parliament: The Lords 1660-1715 (January 2014-November 2015) and research editorship at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (October 1999-September 2006).

MemberMegan Brown

Megan Brown is Professor of English at Drake University and the author of two books: American Autobiography After 9/11 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017) and The Cultural Work of Corporations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Her work has also appeared in BiographyAssayWomen’s Studies QuarterlyCollege Literature,South Atlantic Quarterly, and Cultural Studies. She teaches courses in memoir and autobiography, personal essay, and American literature.

MemberMorgan Rich

Morgan Rich is a Volkswagen Stiftung and the Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, working at the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin. She received her PhD in musicology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation reassesses Theodor Adorno’s relationship with Alban Berg in a pivotal moment in his philosophical and compositional career. During the 2016/2017 academic year she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Florida School of Music. She has presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Musicological Society, International Council of Europeanists, German Studies Association, Austrian Studies Association  as well as various national and international conferences for musicology and European studies. 

MemberMark Kaufman

Mark David Kaufman, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where he teaches literature and film studies. His scholarship has appeared in Hypermedia Joyce Studies, Biography: An Interdisciplinary QuarterlyPublic Domain Review, European Journal of American Studies, Virginia Woolf MiscellanyTwentieth-Century Literature, and The Space Between. Currently, he is at work on a book project, tentatively titled Spyography: Modernism, Espionage, and the Militant Aesthetic State, focusing on the relationship between modernism and national security, the weaponization of the humanities during wartime, and the cultivation of writers as spies by the Anglo-American intelligence community . Teaching and research interests: Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, and Anglophone Literature; Transatlantic Modernism; New Modernist Studies; Law and Literature; Espionage; Hermetic Tradition; Clinical Gaze; Literary Theory

MemberSarah Hinds

I am a part-time AHRC-funded (WRoCAH) PhD student at the University of York. My thesis aims to recreate ‘biographies of meaning’ for late medieval household objects and spaces by examining traces of their use, significance, and meaning in late medieval probate documents. I am particularly interested in probate inventories as a source and in developing innovative methodological approaches to these documents. I am also a part-time administrator and visiting lecturer at the University of Chester.

MemberEmily Travis

I’m a PhD student of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus in women’s life writing in Europe and the Americas from the 19th-century to present. I explore the creative registers and cultural/historical resonances of letters, diaries, journals, biographies, autobiographies, fictional novels, and social media which represent individual lives. My studies place lesser known authors and forms alongside more traditional figures and genres to consider whose lives are worth knowing, why, by whom, and in what forms.

MemberJustin Wigard

Justin Wigard (“Why-Guard”)is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, where he works with and teaches popular culture, game studies, comic studies, children’s literature, and digital humanities in the literature classroom.   His work covers a wide range of subjects, including the Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mystery film series; professional wrestling and Street Fighter; chronotopal representations of feminism in Marvel’s Jessica Jones; the visual rhetoric of dinosaurs in Calvin and Hobbes; monstrous motherhood in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; and digital visualizations of early-Modern Mughal biographies.   Justin’s dissertation, Level 101: A Video Game About Video Games, focuses on utilizing, and developing, video games as learning tools within the classroom.

MemberWayne Coppins

I am Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, where I have taught since 2007. I specialize in New Testament Studies/Early Christianity, and my teaching and research interests are currently focused on the Synoptic Gospels. I am also strongly committed to fostering increased dialogue between German and English scholarship in the field, a commitment that is most evident in my co-editorship, with Simon Gathercole, of the academic series Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity. For further information about my intellectual biography and research, see here.