Meet Our Organizers
Coordinating Members of the VPC
Melissa Valiska Gregory
Associate Professor of English at the University of Toledo
Melissa Gregory is is an Associate Professor as well as the Honors Advisor for the English Department. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and has published articles on both Victorian poetry and the novel. She is a founding member of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) and currently serves on the Executive Board. With Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski of Drake University, she has edited and introduced three of Charles Dickens’s collaboratively written Christmas stories for Hesperus Press—The Wreck of the Golden Mary (2006), Somebody’s Luggage (2006), and Dr. Marigold’s Prescriptions (2007)—and has also coauthored an original brief biography of Dickens (2008). In addition to her primary specialty, she teaches a special section of English 2730 titled “Poetry of the Body.”
Linda K. Hughes
Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University
Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature at TCU, specializes in historical media studies (poetry, periodicals, serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; and transnationality. Past mongraphs include The Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry (2010), Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (2005), and The Victorian Serial (with Michael Lund, 1991). She is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry (2018). She has additionally co-edited with Sharon M. Harris the 4-volume, transhistorical Feminist Reader: From Sappho to Satrapi (2013) and, with Julie Codell,Replication in the Long Nineteenth Century: Re-Makings and Reproductions (2018).
Amy Kahrmann Huseby
Instructor at Florida International University
Amy Kahrmann Huseby is a full-time Instructor at Florida International University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature. She is currently at work on her first monograph, which is provisionally titled Quantified Lives: Nineteenth-Century British Poetry and the Mathematics of Social Totality. Her project develops an account of how poets derived mathematical concepts from poetry to refuse unifying forms and to reconceptualize literary totalities. She has work published or forthcoming in Victorian Poetry, Women’s Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review, South Atlantic Review, and in two edited collections. Her own poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Review, Pearl, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. She serves as North American Book Reviews Editor for Victoriographies (Edinburgh University Press) and as the Caucus Representative for the Victorian Poetry Caucus.
McCulloch Professor of English at Dalhousie University
Marjorie Stone is McCulloch Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. She is the author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1995), co-editor of Literary Couplings (2006), co-editor of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Poems (Broadview, 2009) and Volume Co-Editor for 3 of 5 volumes in The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (2010). She has also published on Robert Browning, Tennyson, Dickens, Gaskell, Christina Rossetti, and Emily Dickinson, and on sex trafficking, cultural citizenship, multiculturalism, and the corporate university. Recent articles and essays treat Frederick Douglass and abolitionism (Teaching Transatlanticism, 2015), Victorian periodical debates over Aurora Leigh and Poems before Congress (BRANCH, 2015, 2017), the Anacreontic lyric tradition in the poetry of EBB and Emily Dickinson (VP, 2016), and “Politics, Protest, Interventions,” in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry (ed. Linda K. Hughes, forthcoming).
University of Maryland, College Park
Jason Rudy is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park; the past president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association; and a member of the Historical Poetics Working Group. He also currently directs the English Honors program at UMD and serves on the advisory boards of the journals Victorian Studies and Victorian Poetry. His research focuses on nineteenth-century literature in English, especially poetry. Jason is committed to thinking globally about the circulation of literature, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. most recent book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies, is a study of poetry written by nineteenth-century British emigrants in colonial spaces, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017.
University of Washington
Charles LaPorte is Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington. His scholarship is grounded in 19th C. British literature and culture, especially Victorian poetry and poetics. Charles is particularly interested in the relationship between genre and cultural value in the legacy of Romanticism: why certain genres are valued over others, and under what conditions those genres and relative values evolve. His work often investigates these questions in light of nineteenth-century gender ideology and religion. His book, Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible concerns the relationship between Victorian poetry and Biblical hermeneutics. Presently, Charles is working on theoretical questions surrounding Shakespeare’s quasi-religious place in Victorian literary culture.