MemberKristin J. Jacobson


Neodomestic American Fiction. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2010.

“Radical Homemaking in Contemporary American Environmental Fiction.” Accepted. 25 manuscript pages.

“Renovating The American Woman’s Home: American Domesticity in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Legacy. 25.1 (2008): 105-127.

“The Neodomestic American Novel: The Politics of Home in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. 24.1 (Spring 2005): 105-127. Reprint. Critical Insights: Barbara Kingsolver. Ed. Thomas Austenfeld. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010: 216-245. Reprint. Contemporary Literary Criticism. 346 (CLC-346). Ed. Jeff Hunter. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2014.

“Desiring Natures: The American Adrenaline Narrative.” Genre. 35.2 (Summer 2002): 355-82. Reprint. Contemporary Literary Criticism. 248 (CLC-248). Ed. Jeff Hunter. Detroit: Thomson Gale, March 2008.


Kristin J. Jacobson is a professor of American Literature, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey. She completed her Ph.D. at Penn State, her M.A. at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and her B.A. at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Her book Neodomestic American Fiction (2010, Ohio State University Press) examines contemporary domestic novels. Her next book-length project identifies a new genre of travel and environmental literature: the American adrenaline narrative. The project defines and then examine the genre’s significant tropes from an ecofeminist perspective.

MemberElton Barker

I’m a Reader in Classical Studies, having joined The Open University as a Lecturer in July 2009. Before then, I had been a Tutor and Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford (2004-9), and also lectured at Bristol, Nottingham and Reading. I came to Classical Studies late – my “A” levels were in English, Geography and Mathematics. I studied Classical Civilisation at the University of Leeds, and went on to do a Masters in Greek Civilisation there, and then, in order to learn the languages, a further Masters in Greek and Latin at Ohio State University in the USA. For my PhD, I studied in Cambridge (Pembroke College), where I investigated representations of verbal contest – or agon – in different ancient Greek genres, under the supervision of Simon Goldhill and Paul Cartledge. I have been a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge (2002-4) and a Visiting Fellow at Venice International University (2003-4). From 2012-2013 I had a Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for research at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Leipzig. I have been awarded a Graduate Teaching Award from Pembroke College (Cambridge) and twice won awards from the University of Oxford for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.

MemberRachel Fox Von Swearingen

Rachel Fox Von Swearingen is the subject librarian for music and performing arts at Syracuse University Libraries. She holds a B.M. in music theory from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and  a M.L.I.S. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Rachel is an active member of the Music Library Association, currently serving as a Member At Large for the MLA board (2018-2020) in addition to previously serving as the Music Industry and Arts Management Interest Group Coordinator and the chair of the New York State/Ontario chapter of the association. Her research interests include data-driven collection development and music information literacy.

MemberSarah Magnatta

Sarah received her PhD in Art History from The Ohio State University, specializing in Tibetan and South Asian art.  Her upcoming article is titled “Common Ground: Place and Identity in Contemporary Tibetan Art,” in a special issue of the Journal of the British Association for South Asian Studies.  She is currently an affiliate faculty member at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 2010.  Her courses include Asian art history, Tibetan art, Sacred Spaces, Politics in Art, and Buddhism in Art. She also teaches a travel course each summer that brings students to the galleries of New York City.  Titled “Tibet on Display,” the students learn how institutional motivations vary between places like the Met, the Natural History Museum, the Tibet House, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Sarah spent three years as the Interpretive Specialist of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, where she worked on exhibitions such as Ganesha: The Playful Protector and Linking Asia, for which she wrote the catalog essay “The Transmission of Buddhist Imagery throughout Asia.”  Sarah is now working on various exhibitions throughout Denver, including curating an exhibition with contemporary Cambodian artist Leang Seckon at McNichols Civic Center and an exhibition with contemporary Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol at the Emmanuel Art Gallery on Auraria campus.