MemberWyatt Bonikowski

I am Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, where I teach courses on Female Gothic, horror fiction, psychoanalysis and literature, graphic novels, and creative writing. I am the author of the monograph Shell Shock and the Modernist Imagination: The Death Drive in Post-World War I British Fiction (2013) and essays in Modern Fiction StudiesGothic Studies, and Marvels & Tales. My current research focuses on women writers who draw on the Gothic and fairy-tale traditions, such as Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Barbara Comyns, Shirley Jackson, and Helen Oyeyemi. I am also a fiction writer with short story publications online and in print in journals such as Atticus ReviewDenver Quarterly, Fairy Tale ReviewNecessary FictionNew World WritingSmokeLong QuarterlyWigleaf, and others.

MemberChris Greenough

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Edge Hill University. I gained my PhD in Theology and Religion from the University of Birmingham in 2016 and my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from Edge Hill University in 2019. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am an external member of Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and on the editorial board of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.  

MemberMichail Kitsos

Michail Kitsos is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan specializing in the History of Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity. Kitsos also has an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Michigan, an MA in Jewish Studies with a major in Rabbinics from Gratz College, Philadelphia, and an MA in Biblical Archaeology from the School of Theology, Department of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His BA is in Theology with a major in the Interpretation of the Old and the New Testament and Patristics from the School of Theology, Department of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.   His research examines intersectionality, particularly, the crossing of religious and societal boundaries and identity formation of religious groups in late antiquity and the early Byzantine period in the Mediterranean world. Specifically, by comparing Greek and Syriac anti-Jewish multivocal texts known as Adversus or Contra Iudaeos dialogues and Rabbinic multivocal narratives between rabbis and “others, Kitsos explores the mechanisms that create and reinforce the binary of “us” and “them” between religious communities and how this binary affects the process of self-representation on the part of the outsider group or “other.” His work examines the rhetorical use and function of the image of the “other” by both Christians and Rabbis in dialogical literature within its historical context, and it helps to understand the birth, formation, and diffusion of stereotypes—a process evident in late antiquity that still occurs today.   His research languages include Classical, Hellenistic/Koinē, Ecclesiastical, and Medieval Greek; Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin; Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew; Palestinian and Babylonian Aramaic; Syriac and Coptic.

MemberLorraine de la Verpillière

Lorraine de la Verpillière is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded project “Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science”.
Before coming to CRASSH, Lorraine completed a PhD at the History of Art department in Cambridge, funded by the AHRC, the Cambridge Trust, and Pembroke College’s Lander Studentship in History of Art. Her thesis, entitled ‘Visceral Creativity: Digestion, Earthly Melancholy, and Materiality in the Graphic Arts of Early Modern France and the German-Speaking Lands (c. 1530-1675)’, examines how early modern artists depicted the ‘physiology of creation’, focusing on the lower process of digestion as a natural model of artistic creativity.
Prior to her PhD, Lorraine received a BA and MA in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she researched and published on the artistic patronage of Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558) between Italy and England. Lorraine has a long-standing interest in science as, prior to starting her BA in History of Art, she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in a French classe préparatoire. Recently, she also took part in the Middle French Paleography Workshop organised by The Making and Knowing Project (led by Prof. Pamela Smith) at the University of Columbia in New York, where she received intensive training in Middle French manuscript reading and helped to the translation and digital encoding of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 – a sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes written by an anonymous French craftsperson. With her colleague, Lizzie Marx, Lorraine co-coordinated the Cambridge History of Art Graduate Research Seminar, Lent term 2018 on the topic of “Art and the Senses.”

MemberElizabeth Goetz

Elizabeth Bidwell Goetz recently graduated with a doctoral degree in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies transatlantic modernisms, New York School poetry, and theories of the city. She is particularly interested in the relationships connecting physical space and social possibility. She has taught Expository Writing and Introduction to Writing about Literature at Hunter College , as well as Composition at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

MemberLiam Temple

I was born and raised in Darlington, attending Carmel RC College before studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Northumbria University, Newcastle. My research is especially concerned with mysticism and mystical experience in both Catholic and Protestant groups in seventeenth century England. It focuses on examples of how mysticism encouraged conversation and collaboration across confessional boundaries in the period. My wider research interests include religious radicalism, nonconformity, enthusiasm and polemical controversies concerning religion in the seventeenth century.

MemberCatherine Burdick

I am currently an assistant professor of art history in the Centro de Investigacion en Artes y Humanidades (CIAH) at the Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile. In addition to my interest in viceregal Chilean art and architecture and pre-columbian Maya art, I also research and write about the tensions posed between past and present forms of patrimony. Currently I research the collection of viceregal art that pertains the Museo Colonial de San Francisco, Santiago, Chile, particularly the painted series on the life of San Diego de Alcala.

MemberJulie Ward

I joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 2014 as Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American Literature. I hold a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley (2013). My current research focuses on the representation of the real in contemporary Latin America. My publications on this topic have appeared in Theatre Journal, TransModernityLatin American Theatre ReviewThe Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy and Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. My current book project (under contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press) is a study of how the stage has become a space for constructing alternative personal and collective histories in post-traumatic national situations, specifically in the works of Mexican theatre collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol. Other research interests include the digital humanities, especially for linking research and teaching; contemporary Mexican literature by women authors; and literary representations of the Mexican borders. I am motivated and encouraged by artistic expressions that provoke, contest, and offer alternatives to an often defeatist status quo.