MemberPablo Suárez

Master of Arts (Guanajuato University, 2018). Bachelor in Arts and Cultural Heritage (Havana University, 2016). Performer Diploma in Flute and Chamber Music (National School of Music, 2008). He was Specialist in Analysis of Cultural Activity in the Cabinet of Esteban Salas Musical Heritage at Havana, Cuba; Professor of Flute at the National School of Music of Cuba; Professor of Flute of the Amadeo Roldan Provincial Music Conservatory of Havana; and flutist in various ensembles, instrumental chamber ensembles and Cuban symphonic orchestras. His publications have appeared in refereed journals and collective books of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Spain and Mexico; countries where he has been a speaker at congresses, symposiums and international workshops. His research has been conducted under the tutelage of Dr. Miriam Escudero Suástegui, Dr. Luis Barreiro Pouza and Dr. Hugo Barreiro Lastra. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD Program in Arts [History and Languajes of Music] (2018-2021) at the Guanajuato University. He is a part-time Professor (2018-) in the Department of Music and Performing Arts of the same Mexican university, Coordinator – Chief Editor at El Filarmónico (2018-), and Teacher at the Music School of the Cultural Institute of León (2019-). His fields of work are Latin American Musicology, Popular Musicology, Audiovisual Musicology and Artistic-Musical Practices.

MemberErik Eklund

I am PhD candidate in Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and adjunct professor in biblical studies, theology, and English at Northwest University. In 2019, I received the Dieter E. Zimmer Prize from the International Vladimir Nabokov Society for my work on eschatology and theurgy in Nabokov’s 1955 novel, Lolita.

MemberCaitlin Duffy

I just defended my dissertation and will graduate this May 2021 with a doctoral degree from the Department of English at Stony Brook University. My specializations are in American literature from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, popular culture, gothic studies, and film. My dissertation explores how nineteenth century American gothic fiction works to construct and critique liberal formulations of personhood, and it compares that with the treatment of neoliberal formulations of identity in contemporary American horror.   Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.

MemberMichail Kitsos

My research examines the process of identity formation and the ongoing crossing of religious and social boundaries between Jews and Christians in late antiquity and the Middle Byzantine period in the Mediterranean world. Focusing on an array of Christian anti-Jewish multivocal texts, among which are the Adversus or Contra Iudaeos dialogues, and rabbinic multivocal narratives between rabbis and “others,” I analyze the construction and impersonation of the “other” by both Christian and Jewish authors to create an effective rhetorical space in which they re-imagined themselves in relation to the “other.” My research interests also include the study of bigotry, violence, hate speech, and gendered language to investigate the interplay between divisive language and social construction and structure. For more information on my research focus, current and future work, see my personal website (

MemberJohn W. Borchert

Dr. Borchert is a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro having received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2021. He is interested in how religious practices and media technologies intersect across American religious histories, particularly their impact on embodiment and death. He teaches on American religion, religion and embodiment, death, Christianities, and religion and media/technology. John is Co-Chair of the Religion and Media Workshop of the American Academy of Religion, and serves on the board of the gamevironments, the only journal  on religion and video gaming. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWBorchert

MemberAlmas Khan

As an intellectual historian, I analyze how modernism in American law and literature has shaped the quest for equal citizenship. Drawing on my Ph.D. in English and my J.D. with a focus on constitutional history, I interrogate how creative forms of legal dissent – ranging from judicial opinions to lyric poems – have sparked constitutional reimagination in the context of African American, working-class, and women’s experiences. My current book project, An Intellectual Reconstruction: American Legal Realism, Literary Realism, and the Formation of Citizenship, construes legal realism (a progenitor of critical race theory) and literary realism as a major post-Civil War movements connecting disciplinary critiques to equitist politics. I have additional interests in British literary modernism and postcolonial studies, having composed articles on Joseph Conrad’s and Virginia Woolf’s texts. My literary and legal scholarship has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Critical Insights: Social Justice and American Literature; Critical Insights: Inequality; Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History; the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry; and the Chicago Journal of International Law. Recent articles include “Black Lives Matter and Legal Reconstructions of Elegiac Forms” and “Applied Legal Storytelling: Toward a Stylistics of Embodiment.” I have also published widely on writing studies pedagogy through the lens of critical theory, drawing on extensive experiences teaching literature, law, and composition. My pedagogical scholarship has appeared in the Washburn Law JournalPerspectives: Teaching Legal Research & WritingThe Law Teacher, and the anthology Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t. When not immersed in literature, law, history, and philosophy, I explore modernist-inflected alternative music, fashion, interior design, landscapes, gardens, and other aesthetic phenomena suiting my fancy.

MemberKatalin Straner

I am a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the history of science, urban history, and the study of translation and reception in the history of ideas. Much of my research is about the history of the movement of people and ideas. Research interests include the academic and popular reception of Darwinism and evolution; the history of Hungary and Central Europe in a transnational context; the study of knowledge production and transfer in the long nineteenth century; the role of the city and urban culture, including the urban press, in the circulation and transformations of knowledge; the history of scientific societies, associations and institutions; and the effect of migration and exile on knowledge transfer.

MemberMichelle Urberg

I have a PhD in Music History and my MS in Library and Information Science and am passionate about improving the scholarly communications life cycle. Digital Humanities projects, open access publication, and metadata associated with the publications life cycle are my particular interests. As a metadata librarian, I study how scholars can improve the impact of their output through better bibliographic information, tagging, and description of their content. I am currently exploring how better discover open access publications and born-digital projects through better descriptive metadata. As a musicologist, I continue to study how medieval monastics learned to read and write music. I work toward bringing the sonic experience of monastic music to life through a born digital project.

MemberMartine van Elk

Martine van Elk is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include early modern women, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. She has written articles on these subjects and most recently published a book on early modern Dutch and English women writers. She also runs two blogs on early modern women.