Our Writers

Talia Vestri Croan is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Boston University, with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She teaches undergraduate literature and composition courses in her home department and in BU’s College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program. She also serves as Senior Editorial Assistant for Studies in RomanticismCroan_GradProfilePic Talia’s research engages Romantic and Victorian lyric poetry, nineteenth-century novels, cultural histories of the family and marriage, queer theory, and film studies. In her dissertation, Talia looks at how Romantic writers like Wordsworth, Austen, Baillie, and the Shelleys use literary representations of sibling kinship to construct relational models of subjectivity and selfhood. Drawing on her research in family studies, she designs courses that trace connections across genre and time, linking Pride and Prejudice to The Royal Tenenbaums, Fun Home to Washington Square.

Stephanie Edwards is an MA candidate in the department of English & Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Before starting at McMaster, she received her HBA in Anthropology from Lakehead University. Her research interests include generational women writers of the 18th and 19th century – specifically Mary Shelley and Sara Coleridge – as well as continental philosophy and posthumanism. stephanie-edwardsCurrently in its early stages, her MA thesis approaches the question of the spectre as witness, judge, and jury and pursues this concept of the ethical spectre by looking at the fictional texts of Mary Shelley, whose ghost has been haunting Stephanie throughout her academic career. In her spare time, you can find her either watching Netflix or practicing to be a YouTube beauty guru, always with a coffee (or glass of wine) in hand.

Catherine Engh is a second-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her master’s thesis drew a connection between Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa and Ann Radcliffe’s Italian as it sought to recover the centrality of the heroine’s body to the eighteenth century seduction plot. PhotoCurrently, Catherine is interested in how anxieties about luxury, trade and speculation link up with representations of feminine self-display in Jane Austen and the visual art of her time. Another research project focuses on how nature poets in the romantic period registered their affective experience of the catastrophic transformation of English rural life in poetic form. Related interests include histories of trans-Atlantic slavery, capitalist modernity and enclosure, the aesthetic philosophies of the Romantic period and theories of character in realist fiction. Catherine is looking forward to teaching Wordsworth, Keats, Dickinson and Austen this coming academic year. Tweet her @ceramicbathtub.



Conny Fasshauer is a PhD student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is particularly interested in women’s Gothic fiction, ranging from roughly the 1780s to the 1850s, and she has taught undergraduate courses in eighteenth-century British literature. Her research during her MA (also at CU Boulder) primarily concerned representations of Obeah, a religion common among Caribbean slaves in the Romantic period, in works by William Earle, Jr., Victor Hugo, and Maria Edgeworth.


Amy Gaeta is the early stages of the PhD track program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  She first become interested in the British Romantic Period  and Romanticism as a transhistorical force in Boston, MA, where she grew up and completed undergrad work. Experience in the visual artist and punk scenes inform her understanding of Romantic identity as extending from Blake to Keats to contemporary art and poetry. Gaeta_fullThe University’s vast and unique resources make UW-Madison the perfect space to explore a wide range of interests that don’t seem to fit. Primarily, her work focuses on the intersecting threads between Romantic philosophy, contemporary visual culture, Queer Theory, and Punk. Current projects include an in-depth analysis of the Keatsian process of soul-making in concert with neo-Hegelian recognition, and the destructive aspects of fantastical thought. Besides this work she continues to posit Romanticism as a vital part of culture and politics today. In her free time you can find her practicing yoga, petting strangers’ dogs in public, and mentally preparing for Wisconsin winters.


Nicole Geary (NGSC 2015-2016 Artist in Residence) is an artist working predominantly in printmaking and sculpture. NicoleGearyHer work is informed by an interest in geology and combines documentation of history, both human and geological, with personal experiences. Geary earned a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA from the University of South Dakota, both with a focus in printmaking. Her research activities include feminist art and labor, heterotopias, space, and uniformitarianism as it applies to human memory. She has exhibited in juried shows nationally at venues including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Spudnik Press Cooperative, and Washington Printmaker’s Gallery. She currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas and is a selected participant in Artist Lab at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Tweet her @nicolegeary.


Cailey Hall is a PhD student in the English department at UCLA. She  IMG_4857is beginning work on a dissertation that explores the concept of digestion (as somatic process and as metaphor) in Romantic literature. Her other research interests include food studies, fan cultures, the Gothic, author afterlives, gender studies, and Samuel Johnson.




Renee Harris holds an M.A. in literature from the University of Arkansas, and is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in nineteenth-century British literature at the University of Kansas, where she also teaches introductory courses in poetry. ReneeHarrisRenee’s dissertation examines Keats’s participation in the Leigh Hunt circle, as she seeks to understand how this context (his relationship with other artists, his identification with and later distinction from the “Cockney School”) informed his conception of poetic identity, vocation, and art as cultural work. Renee is the president of KU’s Nineteenth-Century Studies Reading Group, and her article “Our Material Selves: Imago and Social Exchange In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” can be found in the Spring 2013 volume of The Humanities Review.


Arden Hegele was the Managing Editor of the NGSC blog in 2015-2016. She is a  Ph.D. candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and a visiting fellow at Glasgow University. Her dissertation, Reading Autopsy: The Medical Practice of Romantic Literature, argues that Romantic literature borrows formal Photo on 2016-03-09 at 11.24 #3methods from medical science, especially pathology and psychiatry. Other academic interests include the Romantic-era education of girls, literary interchange between British colonies, environmental science and technology (from ballooning to bitumen), journal- and diary-keeping, Irish literature, and rare books and manuscripts. Her teaching at Columbia bridges these interests with a wide range of subjects, including Shakespeare, sexuality, and Flarf poetry. She is the recipient of the 2014 NASSR prize for Best Graduate Student Paper.  In autumn 2015, she will be giving talks on Frankenstein and pathography at the University of Glasgow and at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. She has written guest blogs for the International Gothic Association (here) and for the University of Glasgow Special Collections (here). Arden is also the Communications Fellow for the Keats-Shelley Association of America and the Byron Society of America, and she will keep you informed about their upcoming Romantic Bicentennials.


2Tanja Jurković holds an MA in English and French language and literature from the University of Zadar, Croatia. Her main research interests are Grand-Guignol, the French theatre of horror and the identity of the monstrous in the European horror film, focusing on the Balkans. She is a contributor to the Gothic Imagination Blog, hosted by the University of Stirling, she also contributed to the International Gothic Association Postgraduate Blog, and is currently working on a couple of articles on Balkan horror film. She is also preparing for a PhD in Film, Media, covering the monstrous identities in the European (Balkan) horror film.


Jacob Henry Leveton is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University currently on exchange with the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris III through Northwestern’s Paris Program in Critical Theory, and serves as Co-Chair of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus. JakePhoto_A2015Jacob’s research examines conditions associated with the emergence of modern industrial capitalism and the corresponding rendering of all forms of life—human, animal, and environmental—precarious. His historical interests emanate from British Romantic visual and literary culture, generally, and center upon William Blake’s relation to British institutions of artistic production, more specifically. However, he retains wider conceptual commitments to critical theory, ecocriticism, and animal studies. In this aspect of his work, he aims to reflect upon the historiography and conditions of Art History as a necessarily interdisciplinary practice, and envision how contemporary critical thought across the disciplines might illuminate new methods and approaches to the interpretation of art. In 2014, he was curator of the modern art exhibition Ecological Looking: Sustainability and the End(s) of the Earth, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. His essay on William Blake and abstract expressionism is forthcoming as part of the exhibition catalogue accompanying the 2017 major exhibition William Blake in the Age of Aquarius, also at the Block. Tweet him @JacobHLeveton.


Adam Neikirk is a Master’s student in English at Westfield State University, where he also tutors for the Banacos Academic Center. His thesis seeks to augment the burgeoning field of cognitive poetics (a field at the intersectiimg_0027on of cognitive science and literary criticism) by studying Coleridge’s marginalia as an example of conceptual blending (for more on conceptual blending, see Fauconnier and Turner, The Way We Think). Adam is also a poet and musician whose primary intellectual interests include creativity, philosophy of mind, and ecocriticism. He is in the process of publishing a volume of poetry inspired by Coleridge and Romanticism via Des Hymnagistes Press. Tweet him @AdamNeikirk.

Deven Parker is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 10906497_10153039575073081_3495506292266955069_nWhile completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, she studied Keats’s poetics of radicalism in his draft manuscripts. Her archival research led her to her current interests: her dissertation focuses on the connection between forms of Romantic self-consciousness, genre, and media in the period.


Grace Rexroth is a second-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also teaches introductory courses in womenIMG_20140801_170400‘s literature. Her research interests include British Romanticism and early Victorianism, media studies, print culture, political economy, and the cultural history of emotions. Her dissertation prospectus currently proposes a link between Romantic theories of memory and self-hood, the uneven rhetoric(s) or liberalism, and the shifting emotional connotations of the word “loneliness” in Romantic and early Victorian literature.


Joshua Ryan Smith is often referred to as Jammer, and there are many people to this day who don’t know his actual first name.  While he is predominantly a creative writer, his passion is reading and writing in whatever form and he hopes to begin teaching composition sometime within the next year. Jammer is actually an Americanist with an emphasis on Mark Twain; however, his first English professor in college was a Romanticist and instilled in him a deep passion for the period and the great writers of the time.  He has t11904671_1676170082613999_180464653299999013_naught upper as well as lower division literature courses at the University of Texas at Tyler, and regularly writes for his own blog White Tower Musings which attempts to show how literature can be relevant for those living in contemporary society.  He believes that literature is not just for people who wear smoking jackets, have three PhDs, and regularly read The New Yorker (though they’re welcome to enjoy it as well), it’s for any and all human beings who desire to question what it means to be human and what are our basic motivations.


Dedman English Student Christopher Stampone PortraitChristopher Stampone is a PhD candidate at Southern Methodist University who is finishing a dissertation on modes of romance and transatlantic Romanticism. His work has recently appeared in Studies in American Naturalism, Early American Literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Chaucer Review, Explicator, and African American Review.You can find him on Twitter @CStampone and on Academia.edu: https://smu.academia.edu/ChristopherStampone.



Andrew Welch is a Ph.D. candidate at Loyola University Chicago. His dissertation explores representations of death and dying refracted through questions of gender, sexuality, and self-sovereignty in Romantic-period writing.



Seth Wilson is a Graduate Student at the University of Texas at Tyler pursuing an MA in English, after which he hopes to enter a doctoral program elsewhere. He already holds an M.St. in History from Oxford University, where he studied cultural transmission in Old Saxon gospel translations. SethWilsonAfter some unprofitable time in the business world, he has returned to academia with a focus on Romantic literature, which inspired his interest in history in the first place. His current research interests revolve around cultural reception of Romanticism, including the fantasy genre’s use of Romantic visions of the imagination, and Transatlantic Romanticism. He is legally blind and lives with his retired guide dog.


Caroline Winter is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. mxa-w6oa_400x400 Her area of research is British Romantic literature, and her interests include digital humanities, literature and economics, Romantic print and popular culture, women’s writing, and the Gothic. She is writing a dissertation about Gothic economics, investigating Gothic representations of Romantic economic theory as well as the economics of reading and writing Gothic literature in the early nineteenth century. Follow her on Twitter @editrixcaroline.

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