Donna Maria Alexander is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar in the School of English and Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in University College Cork. The title of her thesis is Chicana Poetics: Genre and Style in Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes.

Hanna Bingel teaches American and German literature and language in Queen’s University, Belfast. She studied English and German at Giessen University, where she received her doctorate in American Literature in 2013. Her research interests are in the area of German literature from 19th century to today, with a special focus on narratology and memory studies, and she also publishes in the field of the didactics of literature in the context of German as a Foreign Language. She is the author of Fictions of spirituality. Die narrative Verhandlung von Religiosität und spiritueller Sinnsuche in ausgewählten US-amerikanischen Gegenwartsromanen (Trier, 2013).

Jennifer Daly is a Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis, “Fantasies of Self-Invention: The Masculinity Crisis in American Fiction,” is supervised by Prof. Stephen Matterson. She is a Postgraduate Representative for the Irish Association for American Studies.

Dara Downey is Lecturer in American Literature at University College Dublin and General Editor of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies. She is the author of American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Clare Hayes-Brady is Lecturer in American Literature at University College Dublin and Secretary of the Irish Association for American Studies. Her PhD focused on communication in the work of David Foster Wallace, and she has published and presented widely on aspects of contemporary American literature, with a particular focus on gender identity and voice.

Gavan Lennon is a PhD candidate in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham. His research explores the intersection of literary aesthetics and racial social movements in the 20th and 21st century US South, and the title of his thesis is The Segregated Town in White Southern Fiction.

Áine Mahon lectures in Philosophy of Education at University College Dublin and is a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research (New York). She is the author of The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Philip McGowan is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Queen’s University Belfast with research and teaching interests in twentieth-century American poetry, contemporary American fiction, and film. He also has wider interests in revolutionary America, the American nineteenth century, westerns, and American narratives of addiction and alcohol control. In the field of poetry, his teaching and research focuses on Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, the Middle Generation poets, and Mark Doty.

Rebecca Pelan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Drama & Film Studies at University College Dublin. Prior to joining UCD, she was Director/Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and was a General Editor of Irish Feminist Review. Her research interests include Irish women’s writing, Edna O’Brien’s fiction, feminist/literary theory, and Women’s Studies.

Alex Runchman is Associate Lecturer in English at Trinity College Dublin and Deputy Executive Editor of IJAS Online. His publications include Delmore Schwartz: A Critical Reassessment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Robert A. Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University and, in 2013-14, a Fulbright Scholar at University College Dublin. Researching American foreign policy, the presidency, and national security issues, his publications include Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making since 1945 (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2005) and Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000).

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