ashley reed … is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech. Her articles have appeared in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Essays in Romanticism, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. Her monograph, Heaven's Interpreters: Women Writers and Religious Agency in Nineteenth-Century America, is forthcoming in Fall 2020 from Cornell University Press.
cynthia alicia smith … recently received her PhD in literature from Miami University of Ohio. Her research focuses on the literature and culture of early and antebellum America, with interests in sea narratives, nineteenth-century American women's writing, sentimentalism, and abolitionism. Currently, she is writing a book about sentimental sailors and how this antebellum maritime ideal recovers an alternative genealogy of sentimental fiction, one that promotes nonnational forms of personal and collective identity. Her work has been supported by a long-term fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia and short-term fellowships from the Historic Hudson Valley; the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; Newberry Library; and the Boston Athenaeum.
jeff smith … is an assistant professor of English and American studies at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, specializing in early American literature, Anglo-American political fiction, and the popular arts. He has an MFA in theater, film, and television from UCLA and a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Smith has held Fulbright Fellowships for research and teaching and a visiting fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University. He is the author of The Presidents We Imagine: Two Centuries of White House Fictions on the Page, on the Stage, Onscreen, and Online (U of Wisconsin P, 2009) and is currently completing a study of textual authority in nineteenth-century America.
Year in Conferences Contributors
luella d'amico … is an associate professor of English and the coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She was one of the first reporters for "Year in Conferences," and she was also one of its first senior advisors. The 2019 report marks her second year as YiC Coordinator, and she has thus far enjoyed working with twenty-seven graduate student writers.
rachel linnea brown (senior advisor) … earned her PhD in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of Kansas, where she is currently a teaching mentor and lecturer. She will join Marian University (Indianapolis, Indiana) as an assistant professor of English in August 2020. "Rough Forms: Autobiographical Interventions in the US West, 1835–1935," her current book project, crucially reframes traditional settler narratives by linking turn-of-thetwentieth-century southern Cheyenne, Sicangu Lakota, African American, and Euro-American self-narrators. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, and Midwest Quarterly, among other journals. Her article on dynamic southern Cheyenne autobiographer George Bent is forthcoming in Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL).
j. laurence cohen … is a Marion L. Brittain postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His book project, under contract with Clemson University Press, examines how Moses evolved from an icon of race loyalty to an avatar of authoritarianism in African American literature. His work has been published in ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.
michelle dostal … is a PhD candidate in American literature at Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation explores a connection between nineteenth-century women's portrayals of domestic space and notions of citizenship and nation that extend beyond republican motherhood, effectively troubling the public/private domestic binary.
caitlin duffy … is a PhD candidate in English at Stony Brook University. Her scholarly interests include nineteenth-century American gothic literature and American horror cinema. She is particularly interested in exploring how capitalism and liberalism influence and color gothic texts. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dracula Studies and Poe Studies. Caitlin currently teaches courses in film, literature, and writing at Stony Brook University.
andy harper … earned his PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His dissertation, "Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age," locates a radical utopian impulse within American regionalist fiction at the end of the nineteenth century.
harry j. olafsen...