Member Report

MLA members share news of new jobs, promotions, publications, honors, and awards. Read about what your fellow members have been up to, then send in your own news for the next issue.
David J. Alworth’s first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form, will be published by Princeton University Press in November.

Eric G. Anderson won a George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award in the spring of 2015. His coedited volume, Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, was recently published by LSU Press.

James Archibald, in cooperation with Ron Harris and Aeyal Gross, directed the Hebrew translation of the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities from the French.

Michelle Bumatay’s article on two French graphic novels, “Madame Livingstone and Notre Histoire: Travels in Time,” was awarded Contemporary French Civilization’s Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award for the best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French civilization and cultural studies.

Raj Chetty edited, with Amaury Rodríguez, a special issue of The Black Scholar on Dominican black studies. The issue features articles, translations of poetry and prose, and reviews of recent monographs pertaining to Dominican race issues.

Will Clemens published “250 Movies That Rock, 1982–2013: An Annotated Filmography” in the Journal of Popular Music Studies Online.

Brian Croxall accepted a new position as digital humanities librarian at Brown University’s Center for Digital Scholarship. He also published a talk on alternative careers for humanities PhDs, entitled “Keep Calm and Carry On: Finding and Building PhD Career Paths.”

Arianna Dagnino published a new monograph, Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility (Purdue UP).

Robert Felgar recently published American Slavery (Greenwood) and is working on The Historian’s Life of Frederick Douglass: Reading Douglass’s Narrative as Social and Cultural History (forthcoming from Praeger).

Randy Fertel published A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation (Spring Journal Books) to significant acclaim.

Charles Victor Ganelin and Elisabeth Hodges have been awarded a 2015–16 Altman Fellowship by the Humanities Center at Miami University for their interdisciplinary proposal on the senses. They will teach a one-semester undergraduate seminar on the topic, direct a faculty seminar with eight colleagues from across campus, and organize a speaker series.

Jacqueline H. Harris received her PhD in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her dissertation, “The Buried Life of the Facts of Life: Female Physical Development in Nineteenth-Century British Coming-of-Age Literature,” examines evidence of adolescent maturation in Victorian culture and literature. She also accepted a visiting faculty position in English at BYU-Idaho, where she will teach this fall semester.

Janet Ruth Heller published an article, “Transposing Measure for Measure to New York in the 1970s,” in the spring 2015 issue of Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and a chapter book for children called The Passover Surprise (Fictive P).

Kathryn Hellerstein’s A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586–1987 (Stanford UP, 2014) won the Jewish Book Council’s Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies.

Philip Kaisary was awarded a 2015–16 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship, which he will hold at Vanderbilt University. There he will work on two book projects, one on Haitian constitutions in the period 1801–16 and their reception in the postcolonial Atlantic and the other on filmic representations of slavery. His article “Hercules, the Hydra, and the 1801 Constitution of Toussaint Louverture” is forthcoming in the winter 2015 issue of Atlantic Studies

Orion Kidder contributed chapters on Drama and Comics to the American Literature: Twentieth Century section of The Year’s Work in English Studies.

Miriamne Krummell contributed “Jewish Culture and Literature in England” to the second volume of the Handbook of Medieval Culture (De Gruyter). She is also a 2015–16 fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

Bonnie Mak has been named visiting senior fellow at the Center for Humanities and Information, a newly formed collaboration at Pennsylvania State University between the university’s College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries.

Leni Marshall published Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time (SUNY P). The Gerontological Society of America selected her article “Thinking Differently about Aging: Changing Attitudes through the Humanities” as one of the top ten most influential humanities and arts articles published in The Gerontologist.

India Miles, who works as a sixth-grade English and literature teacher, recently joined the faculty of Eastfield Community College as an adjunct instructor of English. She plans to apply to PhD programs this fall.

Patti M. Marxsen published two new books this year: the biography Helene Schweitzer: A Life of Her Own (Syracuse UP) and a bilingual edition of Riversong of the Rhone (Onesich), translated from the Swiss-French.

Susan Signe Morrison published two new books, The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter (Palgrave Macmillan) and Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife (Top Hat Books).

LaRose Parris published Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature (U of Virginia P).

Judith Roumani’s translation of Albert Memmi, The Desert; or, The Life and Adventures of Jubair Wali al-Mammi will be published this month by Syracuse University Press.

Rhonda Lemke Sanford was awarded the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. Fellowship. The award funded travel to present “The Place of the Amazon(s) in Spenser’s ‘Faerie Queene’” at the International Spenser Society Conference in Ireland and to conduct research at several major libraries in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Alissa Simon’s article “Mythology, Taboo and Cultural Identity in Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul” was published in the Postcolonialist.

Deborah Sinnreich-Levi was awarded an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant for the preparation for publication of an edition and translation of The Mirror of Marriage, a medieval French debate poem by the influential courtier Eustache Deschamps (1340–1406).

Karl Steel was promoted to associate professor of English at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Glenys Waldman’s translation of Ralf Melzer’s “Konflikt und Anpassung: Freimaurerei in der Weimarer Republik und im ‘Dritten Reich’” was published as Between Conflict and Conformity: Freemasonry during the Weimar Republic and the “Third Reich” by Westphalia Press.

Peter Vakunta was awarded the 2015 Faculty Achievement Award at the University of Indianapolis for excellence in scholarship and service learning pedagogy.

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ACLS Fellowships


The following MLA members were awarded American Council for Learned Society fellowships for 2015–16:

Andrew Albin, ACLS Fellowship

Joseph Bristow, ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Mattie Burkert, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Ryan Cordell, ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship

Helen E. Deutsch, ACLS Fellowship

Amelia J. Dietrich, ACLS Public Fellows Program

Tarek El-Ariss, ACLS Fellowship

Rebecca M. Evans, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Rebecca L. Fall, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Victoria R. Farmer, ACLS Public Fellows Program

Kate Flint, ACLS Fellowship

Elizabeth Freeman, ACLS Fellowship

Kevis Goodman, ACLS Fellowship

Mark Greif, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship

Heidi Hart, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Alanna Hickey, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Yvonne Ivory, ACLS Collaboration Research Fellowship

Haiyan Lee, Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Margaret Litvin, Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Rebecca N. Mitchell, ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Wendy Moffat, ACLS Fellowship

Elias Muhanna, ACLS Fellowship

Sarah M. Quesada, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Supritha Rajan, ACLS Fellowship

Heike Juliane Raphael-Hernandez, ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Kelly Mee Rich, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lisa M. Siraganian, ACLS Fellowship

Rachel Greenwald Smith, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship

Shaden M. Tageldin, Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Shane Vogel, ACLS Fellowship

Christophe Wall-Romana, ACLS Fellowship

Sean F. Ward, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

John P. Welle, ACLS Fellowship




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