Chair: Mallory Porch

Mallory Anne Porch is a PhD candidate at Auburn University focusing on gender and the development of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel.  She has been a recipient of the Defoe Fellowship and the Merriwether Fellowship from Auburn University.

Co-Chair: Michelle Lyons-McFarland

Michelle Lyons-McFarland is a doctoral candidate in the department of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Her dissertation, titled “Literary Objects in Eighteenth-Century British Literature,” focuses on the ways authors use objects during this period to highlight and subvert cultural and social boundaries. Her areas of specialization are Eighteenth-century British Literature, Material Culture, Gothic literature, and composition.

Webmaster – Blog: Bridget Donnelly

Bridget Donnelly is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation focuses on the proliferation of accidents (particularly carriage accidents) in eighteenth-century fiction in order to examine the ways in which accidental events simultaneously move the plots of novels forward and lead characters to think more carefully about systems of causation (e.g. providence, fortune, fate) as a result.

Webmaster – Facebook: Melanie Zynel

Melanie Zynel is a PhD candidate at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and the current Managing Editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts (Wayne State University Press). Her dissertation looks at aging women in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century novels and contemporary theory on queer time, in order to argue for the ways that representations of old age undermine heteronormative timelines and make space for alternative kinship structures.

Webmaster – Twitter: Kalin Smith

Kalin Smith is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he specializes in eighteenth-century English drama. He is currently composing a dissertation on dramatic farce and afterpiece theatre in the period, and reads Henry Fielding past his bedtime every night.