Christopher J. Ferguson — President | 2019-2021
Associate Professor of History, Auburn University

Research Interests: Perceptions of the city and urban life in Britain 18th-20th centuries; 19th-century sonic landscape

Selected Publications: An Artisan Intellectual: James Carter and the Rise of Modern Britain, 1792-1853 (Louisiana State University Press, 2016); “The Urbanization of James Carter: Autobiography, Migration, and the Urban-Rural Divide in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2016); “The Political Economy of the Street and Its Discontents: Beggars and Pedestrians in Mid-Nineteenth-Century London” (Cultural and Social History, 2015); “A Micrometer for Empire: How a Nineteenth-Century Tailor was – and was not – an Absent-Minded Imperialist” (History, 2015)


Cheryl A. Wilson — Vice-President and President-Elect | 2019-2021
Professor of English, Stevenson University

Research Interests: 19th-century fiction and poetry; women’s writing; dance; performance studies; book history; critical studies in higher education

Selected Publications: Fashioning the Silver Fork Novel (Pickering & Chatto, 2012); Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman (Cambridge, 2009); Co-author with Laura Koppes Bryan, Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education (Routledge, 2015); Editor, Byron: Heritage and Legacy (Palgrave, 2008); Co-editor with Margaret D. Stetz, Michael Field and Their World (Rivendale, 2007)


Bill Meier — Executive Secretary | 2017-present
Assistant Professor of History, Texas Christian University

Research Interests: Modern Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire; the history of crime and disorder

Selected Publications: Property Crime in London, 1850-Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)


John McBratney — Treasurer | 2019-present
Professor of English, John Carroll University

Research Interests: Victorian literature; British imperial literature; cosmopolitanism; race

Selected Publications: “Reluctant Cosmopolitanism in Dickens’s Great Expectations" (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2010); Imperial Subjects, Imperial Space: Rudyard Kipling’s Fiction of the Native-Born (Ohio State, 2002)


Emily K. Cody — Web Coordinator | 2012-present
Graduate Teaching Associate 
Department of English, The Ohio State University–Columbus

Research Interests: 19th-century British/Victorian literature; women's and gender studies; transatlanticism; periodicals and print culture; medical humanities; animal studies; Elizabeth Gaskell

Selected Publications: "Grave Matters: Gothic Places and Kinetic Spaces in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton," Place and Progress in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015)


Christina Bashford — Executive Board | 2013-present
Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Victorian musical life and its commerce; concert history, audiences, listening, and music appreciation (especially in London); the Christmas carol in Victorian Cornwall; the culture around the violin

Selected Publications: Co-editor of The Idea of Art Music in a Commercial World, 1800-1930 (Boydell, 2016); The Pursuit of High Culture: John Ella and Chamber Music in Victorian London (Boydell, 2007); Co-editor of Music and British Culture, 1785-1914: Essays in Honour of Cyril Ehrlich (Oxford, 2000)


Elizabeth H. Chang — Executive Board | 2015-present
Associate Professor of English, University of Missouri–Columbia

Research Interests: 19th-century British literature; literature of the British Empire; visual culture

Selected Publications: Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford, 2010); British Travel Writing From China, 1793-1901 (Pickering & Chatto, 2009)


Mary-Catherine Harrison — Executive Board | 2013-present
Associate Professor of English, University of Detroit Mercy

Research Interests: Victorian fiction and poetry; literature and ethics; narrative empathy; psychology of reading

Selected Publications: "How Narrative Relationships Overcome Empathic Biases: Elizabeth Gaskell's Empathy Across Social Difference" (Poetics Today, 2012); "The Paradox of Fiction and the Ethics of Empathy: Reconceiving Dickens's Realism" (Narrative, 2008)


Charles McGuire — Executive Board | 2013-present
Professor of Musicology, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Research Interests: The British music festival; sight-singing techniques; the intersection of choral singing and moral reform movements

Selected Publications: Co-author with Steven E. Plank of Historical Dictionary of English Music, ca. 1400-1958 (Scarecrow, 2011); Music and Victorian Philanthropy: The Tonic Sol-fa Movement (Cambridge, 2009); Elgar’s Oratorios: The Creation of an Epic Narrative (Ashgate, 2002)


Ellen L. O'Brien — Executive Board | 2015-present
Associate Professor, English, Roosevelt University

Research Interests: Victorian poetry; broadsides and print culture; crime and punishment; gender politics and feminist representations; Irish studies

Selected Publications: Crime in Verse: the Poetics of Murder in the Victorian Era (Ohio State, 2008)


Anne Stapleton — Executive Board | 2017-present
Associate Professor of Instruction, English, University of Iowa

Research Interests: Literature and culture of 19th-century Scotland; dance; Victorian fiction and medical narratives; women’s writing

Selected Publications: Digital Humanities project, Under the Banner of Waverley (University of Iowa Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, launched 2017); Pointed Encounters: Dance in Post-Culloden Scottish Literature (Brill | Rodopi, 2014)


Joseph Stubenrauch — Executive Board | 2017-present
Associate Professor of History, Baylor University

Research Interests: 19th-century religion; Evangelicalism; print culture

Selected Publications: “‘Pleasing Testimony’: Plebian Readers’ Voices in the Tract Magazine” (Victorian Periodicals Review, forthcoming); The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain (Oxford, 2016)


Andrea Kaston Tange — Executive Board | 2019-present
Professor of English, Macalester College

Research Interests: 19th-century British travel, empire, and childhoods; periodical culture; pedagogy and race; public humanities; state of the profession

Selected Publications: "Travel Writing," Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming); “Addressing Campus Violence Online and in Your Classrooms” (Profession, 2019); “Fashioning the Spectacle of Japan: Isabella Bird and the Periodical Press,” The Edinburgh History of Victorian Women’s Print Media, 1830-1900 (Edinburgh, 2019); “Maternity Betrayed: Circulating Images of English Motherhood in India, 1857-1858” (Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 2013); Editor, Children and Empire, 4 Vols. (Routledge, 2012); Architectural Identities: Domesticity, Literature, and the Victorian Middle Classes (Toronto, 2010)


Phyllis Weliver — Executive Board | 2019-present
Professor of English, Saint Louis University

Research Interests: Victorian literature and culture; music and literature; women's studies; digital humanities

Selected Publications: Mary Gladstone and the Victorian Salon: Music, Literature, Liberalism (Cambridge, 2017); The Musical Crowd in English Fiction, 1840–1910: Class, Culture and Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Women Musicians in Victorian Fiction, 1860–1900: Representations of Music, Science and Gender in the Leisured Home (Ashgate, 2000; Routledge, 2016). Editor, The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry (Ashgate, 2000; Routledge, 2016); Co-editor, Words and Notes in the Long Nineteenth Century (Boydell & Brewer, 2013). Digital Humanities: Founder and Co-director, Sounding Victorian; Co-founder and Co-director, Tennyson's Archive: Digitising the Work of the Tennysons, Plural; PI, Sounding Tennyson; Co-PI, Tennyson (Cambridge Digital Library)


Florence Boos — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor of English, University of Iowa

Research Interests: Victorian poetry; William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites; working-class literature

Selected Publications: History and Poetics in the Early Writings of William Morris (Ohio State, 2015); Working-Class Women Poets of Victorian Britain: An Anthology (Broadview, 2008); The Design of the Earthly Paradise (Edwin Mellen, 1990); Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Critical Source Study (Mouton, 1976); Editor of William Morris Archive


Patrick Brantlinger — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
James Rudy Professor Emeritus, English, Indiana University–Bloomington

Research Interests: Race and empire; postcolonial studies; cultural studies

Selected Publications: States of Emergency: Essays on Culture and Politics (Indiana, 2013); Taming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians (Cornell, 2011); Victorian Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Edinburgh, 2010); Dark Vanishings: Discourse on the Extinction of Primitive Races (Cornell, 2003); The Reading Lesson: Mass Literacy as Threat in British Fiction (Indiana, 1998); Crusoe’s Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America (Routledge, 1990); Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 (Cornell, 1988)


Alisa Clapp-Itnyre — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor of English, Indiana University East

Research Interests: Victorian literature and music; Victorian children's hymns

Selected Publications: British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood (Ashgate, 2016); Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel (Ohio, 2002)


Micael Clarke — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Associate Professor, English, Loyola University

Research Interests: the Victorian novel; religion and literature; secularism; gender studies; William Makepeace Thackeray; Charlotte and Emily Brontë

Selected Publications: Thackeray and Women (Northern Illinois, 1995)


Julie Codell — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor, Art History, Arizona State University

Research Interests: Victorian visual culture and the Victorian press; Indian culture under the British Raj; life writings in Britain and India (autobiographies and biographies)

Selected Publications: The Victorian Artist: Artists' Life Writings in Britain, 1870-1910 (Cambridge, 2003; rev. ed. ppr. 2012). Edited collections — The Political Economy of Art (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2008); Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars (Mapin, 2012); Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930 (Ashgate, 2012); Imperial Co-Histories (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2003). Co-editor with L. Hughes, Replication in the Long 19th Century: Re-makings and Reproductions (Edinburgh, 2018); with J. DelPlato, Orientalism, Eroticism, and Modern Visuality in Global Culture (Ashgate, 2016); with L. Brake, Encounters in the Victorian Press (Palgrave, 2004); with D. S. Macleod, Orientalism Transposed (Ashgate, 1998)


Cynthia Huff — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor of English, Illinois State University

Research Interests: Victorian culture, history, and science; women's writing; life writing

Selected Publications: Editor of Women’s Life Writing and Imagined Communities (Routledge, 2005); Co-editor of Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries (Massachusetts, 1996)


Linda K. Hughes — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University

Research Interests: Victorian literature and culture with special interests in historical media studies (including poetry and print culture, periodicals, and serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; transnationality

Selected Publications: The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry
(Cambridge, 2010); Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (Ohio, 2005); The Manyface`d Glass: Tennyson's Dramatic Monologues (Ohio, 1987). Co-author with Michael Lund, Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell's Work (Virginia, 1999) and The Victorian Serial (Virginia, 1991). Editor, Novellas and Shorter Fiction: Cousin Phillis and other Tales from All the Year Round and the Cornhill Magazine, 1859–64, Vol. 4, Works of Elizabeth Gaskell (Pickering & Chatto, 2006). Co-editor, Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture (Edinburgh, 2015); A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi (Cambridge, 2013)


Lawrence Poston — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor Emeritus, English, University of Illinois–Chicago

Research Interests: Religion in 19th-century Britain; late-Victorian musical culture

Selected Publications: The Antagonist Principle: John Henry Newman and the Paradox of Personality (Virginia, 2014)


Tom Prasch — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor of History, Washburn University

Research Interests: Victorian and post-colonial history

Selected Publications: "Ethnicity as Marker in Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor," Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia (Ohio State, 2013); "'A Strange Incongruity': The Imaginary India of the International Exhibitions" (Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 2012)


Nicholas Temperley — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor Emeritus of Musicology, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: 19th-century British music; Classic- and Romantic-period music

Selected Publications: The Romantic Age, 1800-1914 (Athlone, 1981); The Music of the English Parish Church (Cambridge, 1979); Editor of The Lost Chord: Essays on Victorian Music (Indiana, 1989)


For information on former members of the MVSA Executive Board, visit the Past Officers and Board Members page, part of the Archives section of the website.