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Christina Bashford — President | 2015-2017
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


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Mary-Catherine Harrison — Vice-President and President-Elect | 2015-2017
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)



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Emily Harrington — Executive Secretary | 2015-present
Assistant Professor of English, University of Colorado–Boulder

Research Interests: British literature; Victorian literature; gender and sexuality studies; poetics aesthetics

Selected Publications: Second Person Singular: Late Victorian Women Poets and the Bonds of Verse (Virginia, 2014); “Augusta Webster: Time and the Lyric Ideal,” The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (Oxford, 2013)


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Julie Melnyk — Treasurer | 1995-present
Department of English, University of Missouri–Columbia

Research Interests: Victorian religion; Victorian women's religious writings

Selected Publications: Victorian Religion: Faith and Life in Britain (Praeger, 2008); Editor of Women's Theology in 19th-Century Britain: Transfiguring the Faith of Their Fathers (Garland, 1998); Co-editor of Nanora Sweet, Felicia Hemans: Reimagining Poetry in the 19th Century (Palgrave, 2001)





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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)





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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)







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Christopher J. Ferguson — Executive Board | 2010-present
Assistant Professor of History, Auburn University

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

Dissertation: "Inventing the Modern City: Urban Culture and Ideas in Britain, 1780-1880," Indiana University







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Nancy Rose Marshall — Executive Board | 2015-present
Professor, Art History, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Interests: 19th-century French and British art, visual culture, and science; the representation of London; Pre-Raphaelitism

Selected Publications: City of Gold and Mud: Painting Victorian London (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for Yale University Press, 2012); Co-author with Malcolm Warner of the exhibition catalogue James Tissot: Victorian Life/Modern Love (Yale Center for British Art, 1999)


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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)






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Bill Meier — Executive Board | 2015-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)







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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)






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Cheryl A. Wilson — Executive Board | 2015-present
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)


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Walter L. Arnstein — Senior Advisory Board | 2015-present
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Victorian politics and religion; social and economic movements

Selected Publications: Queen Victoria (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Protestant Versus Catholic in Mid-Victorian England (Missouri, 1982); Britain Yesterday & Today: 1830 to the Present (Lexington, MA., 1st ed, 1966; 8th ed., 2001); The Bradlaugh Case: A Study in Late Victorian Opinion and Politics (Oxford, 1965; updated ed., Missouri, 1983)




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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




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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)



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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)





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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 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)


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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)



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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)


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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)







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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)



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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.