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Executive President

Megan Peiser is a member of the Oklahoma band of Choctaw Nation. She is assistant professor of eighteenth-century literature at Oakland University outside of Detroit, MI. She works on women writers of the long eighteenth century in the areas of book history, bibliography, periodical studies, and digital humanities. She is the creator of the Novels Reviewed Database 1790-1820 and is currently working on two book projects. She is completing research for her monograph, British Women Novelists and the Review Periodical 1790-1820, and is working on a collaborative project, The Marguerite Hicks Project, with Emily Spunaugle on the Marguerite Hicks Collection of Women's Writing 1650-1850, held at Oakland University.


Megan 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 mpeiser@oakland.edu with any questions, concerns, or comments regarding the ABS.



Conference President

Dr. Emily C. Friedman is an associate professor of English at Auburn University, where she teaches and publishes on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly women writers, reader expectations, and book history.  Her first book, Reading Smell in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, was published by Bucknell in 2016.  She is currently creating a digital collection of unpublished manuscript fiction written between 1750 and 1900.


Past 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.



JoEllen DeLucia is an Associate Professor of English at Central Michigan University and the
Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. She is the author of A Feminine
Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820
 (EUP, 2015).
With Juliet Shields, she is also co-editing a collection entitled Migration and Modernities: the
state of being stateless, 1700-1850
(forthcoming, EUP). Her current research explores gender
and globalization in the context of eighteenth-century print culture. She has also published essays
on eighteenth-century travel writing, Enlightenment historiography, and gothic fiction in journals
and edited collections.

Catherine Ingrassia is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is also Chair of the Department of English. She is the author of Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in early Early Eighteenth- Century England (Cambridge, 1998), co-editor of New Perspectives on Alexander Pope’s Dunciad (co-edit, Bucknell, 2000), Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture (Blackwell, 2005) and British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century (Johns Hopkins, 2009), and editor of Eliza Haywood’s Anti-Pamela (Broadview, 2004) and The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660–1789 (2015). She is currently editing Laetitia Pilkington’s Memoirs for Broadview and writing a book titled Life/Writing: Failure and the Woman Writer in early Eighteenth-Century England.


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 collections Castration, Impotence, and Emasculation in the Long Eighteenth Century and 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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