Chair: April M. Fuller


April is a doctoral candidate of English literature at the University of Maryland, College Park where she in the beginning stages of writing her prospectus and dissertation under the direction of Tita Chico. April is researching eighteenth-century British literature, particularly focusing on food studies, gender, and labor. She holds an M.A. from Ohio University and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in English literature. She is an editorial assistant for The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation. Additionally, 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. Read more about April’s research and publications here and visit her Twitter @aprilmfuller.



Co-Chair: Megan E. Cole

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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 has 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. Megan is an assistant editor for The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. She has presented work at the Newberry Library, the 2019 ASECS 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. Visit her Twitter @meg_e_cole.



Outgoing Chair: Kristin Distel

Kristin Distel is completing her Ph.D. from Ohio University this summer. (Congratulations, Kristin!) She is researching eighteenth-century proto-feminism, particularly focusing on shame and the rise of the novel. Read more about Kristin’s research and publications at her website.