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Executive President

Jennifer L. Airey is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa, where she serves as Editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. Jennifer joined the Aphra Behn Society in 2007, and subsequently became a member of the Executive Board when she hosted the 2013 biennial conference at the University of Tulsa. She is the author of The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012), and has published articles on authors such as Dryden, Wycherley, Centlivre, Fielding, and Robinson. Currently, she is at work on a new monograph, Religion Around Mary Shelley, the first full-length study of Shelley's religious beliefs across the length of her career.


Jennifer is responsible for the administration of the Aphra Behn Society, which includes maintaining its finances and connections to other organizations such as Aphra Behn Europe, ASECS, and BSECS. Please don’t hesitate to contact her at jennifer-airey@utulsa.edu with any questions, concerns, or comments regarding the ABS.



Conference Presidents

Laura Engel is a Professor in the English Department at Duquesne University where she specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and theater. She is the author of Austen, Actresses, and Accessories: Much Ado About Muffs (Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and Fashioning Celebrity (Ohio State U Press, 2011), and co-editor with Elaine McGirr of Stage Mothers: Women, Work and the Theater 1660-1800 (Bucknell UP, 2014).  Recent articles on actresses, fashion, celebrity, and material culture have appeared in The Burney Journal and ABO: Interactive Journal for Women and the Arts. A forthcoming essay in Literature Compass explores the new field of “Actress Studies.” She is working on a new book project “Women, Performance and the Material of Memory: The Archival Tourist 1780-1915.”

Marilyn Francus is a Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches courses in the long eighteenth century and women's studies.  Marilyn is the author of Monstrous Motherhood: 18th-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity (2012) and The Converting Imagination: Linguistic Theory and Swift's Satiric Prose (1994), and she has published articles in a number of journals, including ELH, Eighteenth-Century Life, and Persuasions. Marilyn edits The Burney Journal, and she is the chair of the International Visitor's Program for the Jane Austen Society of North America.


Past Conference Presidents

Kirsten Shultz is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University where she teaches Latin American history. She is the author of Tropical Versailles: Empire, Monarchy and the Portuguese Royal Court in Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1821 (Routledge: 2001) and articles on politics and culture in the eighteenth-century Portuguese empire including “Slavery, empire, and civilization: a Luso-Brazilian defense of the slave trade in the Age of Revolutions” in Slavery and Abolition (2013). Her current research examines understandings of authority, society, and culture in the eighteenth-century Portuguese empire.

Karen Gevirtz is Associate Professor of English at Seton Hall University. She has been a member of the Aphra Behn Society since 1996; past positions include Newsletter Editor and judge of the graduate student paper competition. She has published articles on eighteenth-century women writers and Jane Austen and a book, Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen. Currently, she is co-editing a collection on gender and space in Britain and writing a monograph on the relationship between the Scientific Revolution and the emerging novel.



Sarah Creel is a Lecturer in English at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include Eliza Haywood, early eighteenth-century female authorship, eighteenth-century print culture, and the history of the book. When she isn't teaching or researching, she's usually running or baking.

Cassie Childs is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida concentrating on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and digital pedagogies. Her dissertation, "Traveling Women and the Consumption of Place in Eighteenth-Century Travel Letters and Journals," considers how various women-authored travel narratives of the long eighteenth century employ food in the construction of place and identity. She also co-holds the position of Social Media Coordinator for ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in Arts.


British Representative

Elaine Hobby is Professor of Seventeenth-Century Studies and Head of Department in the English and Drama Department, Loughborough University. Her work on seventeenth-century women's writing began in 1978, when those teaching on her MA, which focused on the year 1642, said that 'There weren't any women then', and so she must work on writing by men instead. Behn's work is especially close to her heart, and after a long diversion through the writings of religio-political radicals, and another through early-modern writings on the body, she is now looking forward to a decade or two with Aphra Behn at the centre of what she is thinking about. Her publications include Virtue of Necessity: English Women's Writing 1649-1688 (1988); co-editing of Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (1989); an edition of Jane Sharp, The Midwives Book (1999).


Newsletter Editor

Nichol Weizenbeck is a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver. Her current research interests include women novelists of the early-eighteenth century, prose fiction of the seventeenth century, the English Picaresque, and eighteenth-century concepts of incest and sexuality. She has been the newsletter editor for the Aphra Behn Society since 2012.


Listserv Moderator

Robin Runia is Associate Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She's published essays on gender, race, and spirituality in women's writing of the long eighteenth century. She's currently at work on a monograph, Displaced Britons: Africans and Creoles in the Writing of Maria Edgeworth.


Website Editor

Anne Greenfield is Associate Professor of English at Valdosta State University. She is Editor-in-Chief of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. She edited the collection Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800, and her current research focuses on depictions of sexual violence in drama from 1660 to 1720.

Anne is responsible for the Aphra Behn Society website. Please contact her at algreenfield@valdosta.edu if you'd like to have a related site listed, or if you have questions or comments about the site's content.




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