Officers 2015-2016


John Ganim  John Ganim, University of California, Riverside

John Ganim is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.  He is the author of four books, Style and Consciousness in Middle English Narrative (1983), Chaucerian Theatricality (1990), both published by Princeton University Press, and Medievalism and Orientalism: Three Essays on Literature, Architecture and Cultural Identity (2005) published by Palgrave MacMillan, and co-edited Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages, also published by Palgrave (2013). Last year, Medievalism and Orientalism was published in Arabic by the Kalima Foundation (2012).  His essays have appeared in such venues as PMLAELH and leading journals in Poland and Japan. He served as President (2006-2008) of the New Chaucer Society.  Previously, he has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Middle English Division of the Modern Language Association and is presently a member of the Advisory Boards of Studies in the Age of Chaucer and Cambria Press’ series on Medievalism, Classicism and Orientalism.  He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.  At UCR, he has been department chair and director of graduate studies and is presently director of undergraduate studies.  He was part of a team that received an Australian Research Council multi-year grant to study Australian Medievalisms (2009-2012).  He has written and lectured on film, architecture and the postcolonial past here and abroad.

First-Vice President

Andrea Gogroff  Andrea Gogröf, Western Washington University

Andrea Gogröf is professor in the interdisciplinary department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Her book is entitled Defining Modernism: Baudelaire and Nietzsche on Romanticism, Modernity, and Richard Wagner. The relationship between Romanticism and Modernity continues to inform her present research in philosophy, literature and film. She has published articles on Charles Baudelaire, Friedrich Nietzsche, Peter Handke, Emile Zola and Michael Haneke. Other focal points are aesthetic representations and cultural expressions of concerns with hygiene, surveillance and voyeurism understood in their widest manifestations: the encroachment of public and state promoted standards of hygiene and the practice of surveillance onto the personal, the private-sphere, (self-) supervision and control, shifting modes of self-invention and the ritualized presentation of self in contemporary culture. Currently she is working on aesthetic reflections of the latest surveillance methods in contemporary American, German and French cultures with a special interest in literary texts, films and blogs that reflect generational differences of attitudes and actions concerning media control, its push for absolute transparency and the ensuing debates on rights, needs and possible indifference to privacy.

Second-Vice President

Katherine Kinney  Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

Katherine Kinney is Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of English at the University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in 20th century American literature and film. She received her B.A. in English and History from the University of Washington and her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War (Oxford 2000), she is currently writing a book entitled The Shock of Freedom: Acting, the Movies and the 1960s. Her most recent publication, “The Resonance of Brando’s Voice,” appears in Postmodern Culture (2014). She was Associate Editor of American Quarterly from 2003 to 2007 and on the editorial board of American Literature from 2002-2005.

Katherine Kinney has been an active participant of PAMLA for many years. She has organized and moderated panels and presented a number of papers at PAMLA conferences. In 2013, Katherine Kinney was selected as one of the speakers for the Special Forum: “Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture” at the 111th Annual PAMLA Conference in San Diego, California.

Pacific Coast Philology Co-Editors

Roswitha Burwick  Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College

Roswitha Burwick is Professor Emerita at Scripps College where she has been teaching since 1971. She has published several books and numerous articles on German Romanticism, specifically on Achim von Arnim and science, and on women in Romanticism. She is one of the main editors of the Weimarer Arnim-Ausgabe, a historical critical edition of the complete works of the German Romantic poet Achim von Arnim. In 2007 she published a two volume edition on Ludwig Achim von Arnim. Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften 1 which contains his publications on natural science. She is presently working on the second volume of Arnim's scientific writings that contains his manucripts. In collaboration with Olaf Breidbach, University of Jena, she has published a collection of essays on Physics Around 1800: Art, Science or Philosophy? in German and English (2012/2013). She also directed a student-faculty project with the title Merry Sorrows. (Un)Happy Endings. Fairy Tales For Our Time. (2010).

Although retired, Dr. Burwick continues to teach "Once Upon a Time. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Fairy Tale," a course in the Scripps Interdisciplinary Core program.  She is a member of many professional organizations and the Vice-President of the Internationale Arnim-Gesellschaft

Richard Sperber Richard Sperber, Carthage College

Richard Sperber is Associate Professor of German and Spanish at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, and he has taught at Gonzaga University and Carthage College, where he has served as Chair of Modern Languages. His research interests include colonialism, the Spanish Civil War, and contemporary literature. He is the author of The Discourse of Flanerie in Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Texts (2015). Other publications include essays on primitivism and colonialism in early twentieth-century German popular fiction. Currently, he is working on informal social networks and friendship in colonial societies. 

Executive Director

  Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Craig Svonkin is a dedicated PAMLA member, writer of prose poetry fragments, and Associate Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He received his B.A. from USC, his M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside.  He has had the pleasure of serving as PAMLA's Executive Director since March of 2009.

Craig's published essays include "Postmodern Documentary: The Return of the Magus on Video" (in James Aubrey's edited collection, Filming John Fowles, from McFarland, 2015), "From Disneyland to Modesto: George Lucas and Walt Disney" (in Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology, 2012), “Manishevitz and Sake, the Kaddish and Sutras: Allen Ginsberg’s Spiritual Self-Othering” (College Literature 37.4, Fall 2010), “A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” (in Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark West’s edited collection, Disneyland and Culture, from McFarland & Company, 2011), “From Robert Lowell to Frank Bidart: Becoming the Other; Suiciding the White Male ‘Self’” (in Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 43, 2008), and “Melville and the Bible: Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale, Multivocalism, & Plurality” (in Letterature D’America, Anno XXI, n. 88-89, 2001).

Craig has also co-authored "A New Parliament of Fouls: The 2015 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry" (with Lissa Paul and Kate Pendlebury), "Old Guard→Avant-Garde→ Kindergarde: The 2014 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry" (with Lissa Paul and Donelle Ruwe), “Outside the Inside the Box: The 2013 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry” (with Michael Joseph and Donelle Ruwe) and New Directions in American Literary Scholarship: 1980-2002 (with Emory Elliott), and co-edited the symposium “Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books” (with Charles Hatfield).

Craig grew up in Southern California, where he squandered his youth wandering the streets of Los Angeles and the faux-streets of Disneyland. He is a dedicated fan of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, David Wilson’s meta-museum—a site of wonder and confusion examined in Craig’s essay “If Only L.A. Had a Soul: Spirituality and Wonder at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.” Please email Craig with any questions or suggestions about PAMLA: (or call if the matter is urgent: 626-354-7526). 

Treasurer/Advancement Officer

John Schwetman  John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

John D. Schwetman is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he has taught for 12 years. HIs specialty is 20-century American literature. In Fall 2011, his article “The Superhero and the Prospective Geography: Tropes of the Cityscape in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth” came out in an issue of the International Journal of Comic Arts. His articles “Urban Rail Maps and the Organizational Sublime” and “’Balefires on the Distant Ridges’: Dismantling the Apocalyptic Zombie Trope in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road” are both currently under consideration. He is currently working on a book on the American cosmopolitan. 

Executive Committee

Terms Expire 2016

Catherine Cucinella Catherine Cucinella, California State University, San Marcos 

Catherine Cucinella is an Assistant Professor in the Literature and Writing Studies Department at California State University, San Marcos, and she also is Director of General Education Writing.  She teaches literature, writing, and pedagogy courses.  She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside.  Her book, Poetics of the Body: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, was published by Palgrave in 2010, and the edited bio-critical work, Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-Z Guide, was published by Greenwood Press in2002.  She has also published articles on Elizabeth Bishop, other poets and writers, and filmmaker Julie Dash.  Her most recent project involves TA training and development.

Richard Hishmeh, Palomar College

Richard Hishmeh is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.  He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Riverside, focusing on American Literature, Film and Visual Culture, and Poetry.  He has published articles and reviews in various journals, including the Journal of American Culture, The Hemingway Review, Politics and Culture, and Modern Language Studies.  He is currently at work on a basic skills textbook for teaching pre-collegiate college composition.

Terms Expire 2017

Jane Lee  Jane J. Lee,  California State University, Dominguez Hills

Jane J. Lee is an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in British literature, literary criticism, poetry, and children’s literature. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Washington, and is delighted to find herself on the West Coast and not too far from the lovely Pacific Northwest. Her research areas focus on Victorian literature and culture, with specific interests in Victorian reading theory and practice, education, print culture, and the development of literary criticism. She is currently working on a book manuscript about the role of reading in Victorian liberal discourses. Her other reading and teaching interests include speculative fiction and the graphic novel.


Lysa Rivera  Lysa Rivera, Western Washington University

Lysa Rivera is an associate professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Chicano/a literature, African-American literature, and American cultural studies. Her current research projects explore the science fiction of multicultural America.  Her work has appeared in Science Fiction StudiesMELUSAztlán,  Film Philosophy, and, most recently, in the critical collection Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction. She lives and works in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband and their young son.

Terms Expire 2018

Yolanda Doub  Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

As an associate professor of Spanish at California State University, Fresno, my area of specialization is 20th and 21st Century Spanish American narrative, with an emphasis on the Bildungsroman and additional research interests in Southern Cone and Mexican literature, adaptation studies, and Latino literature. I am the coordinator for the Spanish MA program as well as an active member of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association and the larger Spanish-speaking community. Since my first PAMLA conference experience six years ago, I have been hooked on this vibrant organization, participating regularly as presenter, moderator, and presiding officer. The breadth and depth of topics at PAMLA conferences and in Pacific Coast Philology highlight our lively community of scholars as well as the growing appeal of our organization. We are a regional group, but we attract members from all over the world by combining rigorous standards with a collegial, consistently welcoming atmosphere that encourages intellectual exploration and thoughtful feedback. These qualities make us stronger as an organization, and I would like to see them continue to be priorities as we move forward.

Brian Reed  Brian Reed, University of Washington, Seattle

Brian Reed is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has written three books—Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics(2013)—and co-edited two essay collections, Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow (2003) and Modern American Poetry: Points of Access (2013). He has also published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; his work has appeared in venues such as the African American Review, Boundary 2, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Postmodern Culture. He currently serves on the boards of Contemporary Literature, the Journal of Poetics ResearchModern Language Quarterly, and Profession, and he is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Poetry Forum. A new monograph, A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary American Poetry, is forthcoming in 2016.

Graduate Student Representative, Term Expires 2016

Sarah Lozier  Sarah Whitcomb Lozier, University of California, Riverside

Sarah Whitcomb Lozier is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation research is located at the cross-sections of contemporary literary, visual, performance, and digital arts, centering on the the multi-modality and multi-mediacy of language. She researches art that highlights and plays with the ways language can function as visual, aural, and/or oral material as in, for example, L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetries, the use of text as image in late twentieth-century painting, and the interactivity and animation of text in electronic literature and “new media poetry.” Across these multi-disciplinary texts, she is concerned with the ways that denaturalizing our relationship to language as a discursive system of signifying signs allows us to represent and understand conflicting and changing notions of ourselves and our world. Throughout her graduate career, she has presented work at the American Studies Association (ASA) conference, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference, and has been participating in the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) conference every year since 2011. She has a short digital publication entitled “Accessing the (In)Accessible: Considering Digital Databases and Archives,” that was produced as part of the Media Commons’s conversation around the continued presence of the digital divide, and a case study entitled "An #EpicFail #ftw: Changing Civic Discourse through #MyNYPD" that is forthcoming in MIT press's 2015 Civic Media Reader. Her article entitled “Xenotext or Zoe-text?: Considering the Biopolitical Implications of Christian Bok’s Avant-Garde Poetry” that was presented at the 2013 PAMLA conference in San Diego is currently under review at Configurations.

Over the 2014-2015 academic year, she is one of the graduate student coordinators of UCR’s Mellon-funded research group Critical Digital Humanities, a group dedicated to critical discussion and research around all issues related to the digital humanities. She is also a student research assistant for the Center for Art and Thought, and an assistant director of UCR's University Writing Program.

Nominating Committee for 2015

Heidi Schlipphacke  Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois at Chicago

Heidi Schlipphacke is Associate Professor of German at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a member of PAMLA since 1998.  She received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Washington, and she has enjoyed retaining strong ties to colleagues in the Western United States ever since. Her research focuses on gender, kinship and aesthetics in the European Enlightenment and in post-fascist German and Austrian literature and film. She also enjoys writing about queer popular culture.  She is the recipient of research fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. She teaches courses in German and Austrian Studies, in Gender and Queer Studies, in Film Studies, in Jewish Studies, and in International Studies.  Her published academic work on authors and filmmakers including Ernst Marischka, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Tom Tykwer, and Goethe has appeared in journals such as Modern Austrian LiteratureScreenCamera ObscuraThe German Quarterly, and Journal of English and German Philology, among others. Her book, Nostalgia After Nazism: History, Home and Affect in German and Austrian Literature and Film, appeared with Bucknell University Press in 2010.

Cheryl Edelson  Cheryl Edelson, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Cheryl Edelson is Associate Professor of English and English Discipline Coordinator at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Cheryl holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside, an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside. Her research and teaching interests include American Literature, the Literary Gothic, Film and Television Studies, and Popular Culture. Cheryl’s most recent publication is “Reclaiming Plots: Albert Wendt’s ‘Prospecting’ and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl’s Ola Na Iwi as Postcolonial Gothic” (forthcoming in Neo-Victorian Gothic: Horror, Violence, and Degeneration in the Re-imagined Nineteenth Century on Rodopi Press). Since 2007, Cheryl has served as the co-organizer for the Oceanic Popular Culture Association Conference— a meeting that convenes annually in Honolulu and one that attracts scholars from around the world. Cheryl received a 2010 President’s Award for contributions to the field of popular culture studies from the national Popular Culture/American Culture Associations. Born in Los Angeles, Cheryl spent most of her life in California’s Inland Empire before relocating to Hawai’i in 2004.

Lorely French  Lorely French, Pacific University

Lorely French is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of German at Pacific University in Oregon, where she teaches German language, culture, literature, and film.  She is the author of the book German Women Letter Writers 1750 to 1850.   She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on German women writers, including Bettine von Arnim, Rahel Varnhagen, Dorothea Mendelssohn-Veit-Schlegel, Sophie Mereau-Brentano, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Elfriede Jelinek, as well as Austrian Roma writers and Afro-German poets. In 2009 she co-organized, with Michaela Grobbel at Sonoma State University, a traveling exhibit in the United States of the artworks of Ceija Stojka.  She is presently working on a book manuscript examining gender and ethnicity in writings by Roma in the German-speaking countries. She is also working with Michaela Grobbel on publishing a book on Ceija Stojka's art, life, and writings.   Her research has been supported by grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Fulbright Commission.  In 2003 she was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.d


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