Katie Ahern is a PhD candidate in the School of English, University College Cork. Her research interests include the works of Edith Wharton, Anzia Yezierska, and Louise Erdrich. She is a Postgraduate and Early Career Representative for The Irish Association for American Studies.
Rachael Alexander is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Her research focuses on a comparative study of American and Canadian mass-market periodicals in the 1920s, considering them as collaborative texts, commodities, and cultural artefacts, bringing together literary perspectives with aspects of consumer culture theory. She is also the postgraduate representative for the British Association for American Studies.
Laura Rose Byrne is a second year doctoral candidate at Trinity College Dublin, currently writing a thesis entitled “Nabokov’s Lolita and the Mythologies of Femininity”, exploring the novelist’s uses and abuses of various cultural archetypes in the construction of his female characters. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from NUI Maynooth and an MA in Gender and Writing from University College Dublin.
Sarah Cullen is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland. She received a BA in Drama Studies and English in 2012, and an MA in American Literature in 2013. While at UCD she was the recipient of several awards including the Mary Colum Award and the UCD Postgraduate Scholarship. She was awarded the Irish Association for American Studies 2013 WTM Riches Essay Prize. Sarah has also had work published in Kaleidoscope, Durham University’s Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Journal. She will begin an M.Litt. programme at Trinity College Dublin in September 2015.
Tim Groenland is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar at the School of English in Trinity College. He is currently completing his PhD, which focuses on editing and authorship in the works of Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace.
Kate Smyth is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr Philip Coleman. She has previously obtained an M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas at TCD and an MA in Writing at NUI Galway. In 2015, she was awarded Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate funding to conduct her doctoral research on memory, identity, and place in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood.