Katie Ahern is a PhD candidate in the School of English, University College Cork. Her research focuses on the representations of marginal characters in urban spaces in the twentieth-century American novel, with a particular interest in the writings of Edith Wharton, Anzia Yezierska, and Louise Erdrich.

Lucy Cheseldine is an AHRC-funded PhD scholar at the University of Leeds. She researches Donald Hall’s poetry, exploring its relationship to textual memory and history. She completed her MPhil at Trinity College Dublin.

Miranda Corcoran received her PhD in 2016 from University College Cork, where she currently teaches American literature. Her research interests include Cold-War literature, genre fiction, literature and psychology, and popular culture. She has published articles on paranoia, literature, and Cold-War popular culture in The Boolean, Americana, and Transverse, and contributed a book chapter on transnational paranoia to the recently-published book Atlantic Crossings: Archaeology, Literature, and Spatial Culture. She blogs about literature and popular culture here and can also be found on Twitter.

Sarah Cullen is an IRC-funded PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin. She is also a 2017-2018 Postgraduate Fellow at the Eccles Centre for American Studies. Her research area is representations of night in nineteenth-century American literature. She is a Postgraduate and Early Career Representative for the Irish Association for American Studies and will have a chapter on Frederick Douglass published this year in Palgrave Macmillan’s collection Surveillance, Race, Culture.

Kelsie Donnelly completed her MA in English Literary Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 2016. She is a PhD candidate at QUB, and her AHRC-funded project explores literary counter-narratives of grief in response to contemporary global crises and cultural movements.

Andrew Duncan is an M3C DTP funded PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on representations of the United States ‘War on Drugs’ in Hip-Hop lyricism from the 1970s to the present. He is the holder of an MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin.

Rosemary Gallagher is a Literature and Humor Scholar and a graduate of NUI Galway. Her doctoral thesis, “Screamingly Funny: A Critical Approach to the Comedic Anti-War Novels of Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins and Tony Vigorito,” examines the application of humor to war literature. She is a past Postgraduate Representative for the Irish Association for American Studies. Current research interests include political humor and imagery, cartoons, memetic imagery, and innovation.

Jennifer Gouck completed her MA at Queen’s University Belfast in 2016 and will be starting her PhD at UCD in September 2018 under the supervision of Dr Clare Hayes-Brady. This project will examine the representation of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in contemporary American Young Adult Literature, Media, and Culture. As well as winning the 2016 WTM Riches Essay Prize, Jennifer was also shortlisted for the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature’s Biennial Award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature in 2018.

James Hussey is an IRC Postgraduate Scholar and PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin. He works on Nathaniel Hawthorne and individualism, with a special interest in how literature of the American Renaissance was formed and influenced by Jacksonian political and social ideologies.​

Carmel Lambert is a PhD researcher in NUIG. Her thesis title is Inventing Liberia: Imagining and Representing Colony and Nation in American, Liberian and European Writing 1820-1940.​ ​She holds an MA in English from the University of Florida and an MA in Culture and Colonialism from NUIG.

Hilary McLaughlin-Stonham has just graduated from Ulster University with a PhD in History and will take up the post of visiting lecturer at York St John University. She publishes on race and protest with a special focus on transport. Her forthcoming book, From Slavery to Civil Rights on the Streetcars of New Orleans: 1830 to the Present, will be published by Liverpool University Press.

Kate Smyth is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr Philip Coleman. She has previously obtained an MPhil 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 themes of belonging and gender in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood.

Seán Travers is a third-year English PhD student at University College Cork. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History of Art and a Master’s Degree in English: Modernities. Her PhD thesis examines innovative representations of trauma in popular culture and postmodern literature.

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