We are pleased to announce Megan Cole as the new ASECS Graduate Student Caucus co-chair. She will serve as the caucus’s chair during the 2020-2021 academic year. Megan Cole is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is researching gender, sexuality, and the history of proto-feminist thought in the early eighteenth century. She holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois and a B.A. from the University of Alabama. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “The ‘Highest Enjoyment’: Pleasure and Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660-1760,” explores the role of female pleasure as a crucial ethical, political, and aesthetic commitment of early feminist projects.
Additionally, Megan is an editorial assistant for The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. She has presented work at the Newberry Library, the 2019 ASECS annual conference, and the inaugural Eliza Haywood Society conference. In July 2019 she will present a paper at the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Edinburgh. At the 2020 ASECS conference in St. Louis, Megan will chair the GSC scholarly panel, which she has titled, “[De]constructing Enlightenment.”