Member News


Aaron Lecklider's book, Inventing Eggheads: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture, was given a nice review by The Chicago Tribune.


Lori Harrison-Kahan guest-edited a special issue of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 37.2 (Summer 2012) on "The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies" (co-edited by Josh Lambert).

Michael Millner's book, Fever Reading: Affect and Reading Badly in the Early American Public Sphere, was published by the University of New Hampshire press. 

Maggi Smith-Dalton (and her husband, Jim Dalton, a professor of music at The Boston Conservatory), released two new recordings for 2012: "Cold is the Nightwind: A Victorian Christmas" and "The Sigh of the Weary: The Civil War at Home." Both recordings contain 19th-century music performed in historically-informed style and feature seldom or never-before performed period music as well as some familiar tunes.

Maggi's second book, A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City, published in August 2012, examines an important element in 19th-century culture. Salem provided fertile ground for the growth of Spiritualism and other religions; yet, because of its link to witchcraft in the infamous trials of 1692--a serious and persistent black mark on the town's reputation--struggled with anything which might give more fuel to the fire of being linked to occult practices. 

The book examines this struggle and the elements that went into the gradual evolution of Salem towards can be recognized as the Salem of today. And, in so doing, the book tells a larger story about the way alternative religions such as Spiritualism grew in 19th century America, using Salem, a town that prided itself on its arts, culture, professional class, and love of science, as the connecting thread.

Elif Armbruster's Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home is forthcoming in Spring 2011.
Nancy Caronia has two publications that will appear in Spring 2011. Her essay, Meeting at Bruce’s Place: Springsteen’s Italian American Heritage and Global Notions of Family,” will appear in Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture: A Decade and Beyond of Insights and Challenges (CUNY/Calandra Institute). Her poem “Underworld” will appear in the anthology She is Everywhere: An anthology of Writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality.

Lori Harrison-Kahan has recently published The White Negress: Literature, Minstrelsy, and the Black-Jewish Imaginary (Rutgers). Harrison-Kahan received the 2010 Gloria E. Anzaldua Award for Independent Scholars and Contingent Faculty from the American Studies Association for her work in the area of inter-minority relations in American literature and culture.  The award was in part given for work presented at the 2009 NEASA conference.  
Tim Ives authored an article titled “Reconstructing the Wangunk Reservation Land System: A Case Study of Native and Colonial Likeness in Central Connecticut,” that will be published in the winter 2011 issue of Ethnohistory.
Ben Railton's Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2011. Railton has also recently agreed to serve as a scholarly advisor for the American Writers Museum.
Sara Sikes's co-edited volume, Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 10, has gone to press. This is the 45th volume of the Adams Papers to be published and the fifth that Sikes has co-edited.
Jonathan Silverman's book on Johnny Cash, Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture came out in September from UMass Press. And the fourth edition of his textbook, co-written with Dean Rader, The World Is a Text, has just been released from Prentice Hall.
Caroline Frank received the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize from the ASA. The dissertation is entitled "China as Object and Imaginary in the Making of an American Nation, 1690-1790." Thecommittee co-chairs were Robert Lee and Patrick Malone.

Allan Punzalan Isaac was recently promoted to Associate Professor at Wesleyan University in English. He was also given the 2006 Cultural Studies Book Award by the Association for Asian American Studies for, American Tropics: Articulating Filipino-America. Isaac's book exemplifies the best of recent works in the broad field of American hemispheric studies and holds significance for multiple fields including American studies, Asian American studies, and postcolonial studies.

Renee Romano, Associate Professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies, at Wesleyan University has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project "Focus on the Environment: Recruiting Underrepresented Minority Students into the Geosciences," along with Wesleyan colleagues: Suzanne O'Connell, Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences; and Daniel Teraguchi, Dean for Diversity and Academic Advancement.

Harriet Wilson's New England (University of New Hampsire Press/University Press of New England, 2007), co-edited by JerriAnne Boggis, NEASA President Eve Raimon, and Barbara W. White, and with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. For more information, visit the UPNE website.

The American Association of State and Local History awarded Dane Morrison and Nancy L. Schultz the Award of Merit for their editing of the anthology, Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory.