Founding Directors

MarthaElenaRojas MARTHA ELENA ROJAS is Associate Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island and the director of the Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Program in Literature and the Sea. She has most recently co-edited with Steve Mentz, The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literature (Forthcoming, Routledge, 2016), a volume of scholarly essays in oceanic literary studies that expands existing accounts of global economics of the period, refines literary aesthetic categories, and demonstrates how these economic and aesthetic questions together offer a new mode of ecocritical enquiry termed “blue ecocriticism.” She is also the author of Diplomatic Letters: Becoming a Nation Among Nations in Early America under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, and presently at work on a study of oceanic materiality and the coastal imagination in early American literature. She has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies, The Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, Sweet Briar College, the Boston Athenaeum, the Gilder Lerhman Institute for American History, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
IMG_50551-239x300 WENDY S. WALTERS is the author of Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal (Sarabande Books, 2015), a book of essays and stories named a Best of 2015 by Buzzfeed, Flavorwire, The Root, Huffington Post, and Literary Hub. Walters has also written two books of poetry Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem Books, 2014),  Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA).  She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work appears in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.  The recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, she is currently Chair of Writing and Associate Professor at the Eugene Lang College of The New School in the city of New York.
ybarra_000.preview PATRICIA YBARRA is the author of Performing Conquest: Five Centuries of Theatre, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico (Michigan, 2009) and co-editor with Lara Nielsen of Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Her next book, Latino/a Theatre in the Times of Neoliberalism is under contract with Northwestern University Press. She is Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University and the President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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