MemberChristina Katopodis

Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English and a Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the winner of the 2019 Diana Colbert Innovative Teaching Prize, the 2018 Dewey Digital Teaching Award, and the 2018 Digital Dissertation Award. Katopodis’s research has been supported by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Research Grant (2016), and two consecutive GC Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants (2016-18). Her dissertation, “Sound Ecologies: Music and Vibration in 19th-Century American Literature,” examines the influence that human and nonhuman sounds and sonic vibrations had on American thought and literature in the nineteenth century before and after sound recording technology. Katopodis records sounds at Walden Pond for her digital humanities project, The Walden Soundscape, an award-winning website that makes sounds at Walden Pond accessible to a wide audience, and calls for a new approach to reading as listening to a text.

MemberCatherine Marie Jaffe

Catherine M. Jaffe is Professor of Spanish at Texas State University, where she  also teaches in the Honors College Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. She is on the MLA Forum 18th-19thC Spanish and Iberian LLC Executive Committee (2017-2022) and serves on the editorial boards of Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment and Oxford University Studies in the Enlightnement. Catherine Jaffe’s research interests in modern Spanish and comparative literature focus on women writers and theories of gender and reading in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain. Her publications include studies of quixotism, gender and translation, and feminism in the Hispanic Enlightenment.

MemberJoseph Fruscione

I’ve been teaching for 13 years and counting, currently in GW’s University Writing Program ( and UMBC’s English Department ( I did my undergraduate work at the University of Delaware (English-Women’s Studies double major) and graduate work at GW. My interests include:*19th and 20th century American literature and culture
*Film, adaptation, and intertextuality
*First-Year Writing pedagogyLast year, I published my first book, ‘Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry’ (Ohio State UP), as well as an essay on Ralph Ellison in the collection ‘Hemingway and the Black Renaissance’ (Eds. Gary Holcomb & Charles Scruggs; Ohio State UP). Currently, I’m in the very early stages of a second book project—tentatively titled ‘Adapting Modernism’—that will explore how transmedia treatments of such works as ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (Michael Cunningham novel), ‘The Waste Land’ (iPad app), and ‘As I Lay Dying’ (forthcoming film) employ collage, intertextuality, fluid gender constructions, and other modernist tendencies.Speaking at the Library of Congress: contingency and ‘road scholars’ on PBS NewsHour:

MemberMarissa K. López

I am an Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, and I study Chicanx literature from the 19th century to the present with an emphasis on 19th century Mexican California. I’ve written two books: Chicano Nations (NYU 2011) is about nationalism and Chicanx literature from the early-1800s to post-9/11; Racial Immanence (forthcoming from NYU) explores uses of the body and affect in Chicanx cultural production. My articles have appeared in leading journals such as American Literary History, Arizona Quarterly, and Áztlan (and several that don’t begin with the letter “A”).  I am the Vice President of the Latina/o Studies Association and the chair of the Modern Language Association’s prize committee for the best book in Chicana/o and Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies.  I’m also past chair of both the MLA’s Executive Committee on Chicana/o Literature and its Committee on the Literature of People of Color of the US and Canada, and a past Director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center as well as past chair of UCLA’s Committee on Diversity and Equal Opportunity. In the English Department at UCLA I’m currently the Director of Professionalization, in which capacity I work jointly with the Director of Academic Placement to develop professionalization programs for graduate students at every stage of the PhD program.

MemberBen Carver

Ben Carver teaches literature and theory at Aarhus University in Denmark. He writes about speculative fiction, and his recent book (Palgrave) on alternate history in nineteenth-century thought and writing has been described by Fredric Jameson as a “stimulating history of plural virtualities that demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized possibilities.” He is now working on a project on conspiracy culture and literary form.