Chair: Kristin M. Distel

distel-photo-e1523485226218.jpgKristin Distel is a doctoral candidate of English literature at Ohio University; she is  writing her dissertation under the direction of Linda Zionkowski. Kristin is researching eighteenth-century proto-feminism, particularly focusing on shame and the rise of the novel. Kristin has recently presented her work at The University of Oxford, The University of Manchester, the Sorbonne, and elsewhere. She has recently published articles and book chapters on Toni Morrison, Larry Levis, Natasha Trethewey, Phillis Wheatley, and Mather Byles. Kristin’s poems appear in Glass, The Broken Plate, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Minetta Review, and additional publications. Her co-edited volume, a reissue of Sherwood Anderson’s The Triumph of the Egg, will be published by Hastings College Press in 2018. She is the poetry editor for The Critical Pass Review and the assistant editor for both Quarter After Eight and Parlour: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Analysis. Read more about Kristin’s research and publications at her website.


Co-Chair: April Fuller

FullerApril is a doctoral student of English literature at the University of Maryland, where she is studying the intersections of food, gender, and labor in eighteenth-century literature. She additionally holds an M.A. and a B.A. in English literature. Her work is forthcoming in Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, vol. 42 no. 1, and in the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be an assistant editor for The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. April has presented critical work at the Mid-Atlantic Conference of British Studies, George Washington University’s EGSA Symposium, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the University of New Mexico’s McNair Scholars Research Conference. In September 2018, she will present at the International Society for Cultural Studies annual conference in New York.




Outgoing Chair: Michelle Lyons-McFarland

Michelle Lyons-McFarland holds a Ph.D. from 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.