Officers and Advisory Board

Officers and Advisory Board members are elected by society members for three-year terms. Elections take place electronically prior to the annual conference, with terms beginning at the conclusion of the meeting. The election cycle begins with nominations from January through March, elections held in April, and results announced by email in May.

Bylaws for the Space Between Society

Minutes for The Space Between Society


Melissa Dinsman, Co-President (2019; 2021), is Assistant Professor of English at York College-CUNY and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (2015). Her research focuses on the intersection of modernism and media aesthetics and her first book brings together her interest in late modernist radio broadcasting, archival recovery, and information networks. Her most recent work can be found in places such as The Space BetweenModernism/modernityInternational Yeats Studies, the L.A. Review of Books, and Public Books. Dinsman has regularly attended The Space Between conference since 2013 and has previously served as an advisory board member and the web manager. Email:

Barbara Green, Co-President (2020), is Professor of English and Concurrent Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus on modern feminist print culture, periodical studies, life writing, and notions of everyday life, all within the context of a gendered modernity. She is the author of Feminist Periodicals and Daily Life: Women and Modernity in British Culture (2017), Spectacular Confessions: Autobiography, Performative Activism, and the Sites of Suffrage, 1905-1938 (1997), and she is the co-editor of Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939 (2018). She is also co-editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (Penn State University Press). Green began attending the Space Between conferences in 2012 and hosted At Home in the Space Between at the University of Notre Dame in 2015.

Michael T. Williamson, Vice President (2021), is Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Literature and Criticism, the Director of the MA Program in Literature, and the MA Program in Composition and Literature. He is also a founding member of Humanities Training for Law Enforcement, Co-Director of the Dessy-Roffman Myth Collaborative, and Editor of the journal Pennsylvania English. A member of The Space Between Society since 2006, he has published essays on Yiddish Literature, Middlebrow Literature, Holocaust Literature, and Women’s Spy Fiction.

Claire Buck, Treasurer (2021) is Professor of English at Wheaton College, Massachusetts and author of Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing (2015). Her research explores imperial and colonial tropes in war culture. Her current work concerns First World War photography and global labor migrancy. She has published on women’s modernism and has essays in Santanu Das and Kate McLoughlin (eds.) The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity (2018) and Debra Rae Cohen and Doug Higbee (eds.) Teaching Representations of the First World War (2017). A longtime member of the Space Between Society, she co-hosted the 2012 conference and served as Membership Secretary (2009-2012) and President (2015-2018). As President she worked to make professional development an integral part of the society conference.

Lauryl Tucker, Membership Secretary (2021), is an Associate Professor of English at the University of the South (Sewanee), offering courses in British and Irish literature from the 1890s to the present and teaching in the interdisciplinary Humanities program and the Women’s and Gender Studies department. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between gender and parody, and she has published articles on Woolf, Stevie Smith, and Dorothy Sayers. Her current book project, Unexpected Pleasures: Parody, Queerness, and Genre (expected in Spring 2022 from Clemson), traces a new lineage of British writers from the 1920s to the present who cast an ironic eye on their genres and make queer use of literary convention.

Jennifer Nesbitt, Journal Editor (2020), is Associate Professor of English at the York campus of The Pennsylvania State University.  Jennifer has served on the editorial board of the Journal since 2017 and has been an associate editor for Feminist Modernist Studies. She is the author of Narrative Settlements: Genre and Geography in British Women’s Fiction, 1918-1939(University of Toronto Press, 2005), and her current project, Rum Histories: Drinking in Atlantic Literature and Culture, will be published by University of Virginia Press in 2021. Most recently, she has published essays on the film Avatar and the television series Downton Abbey; an essay on Sylvia Townsend Warner is forthcoming in Janine Utell’s MLA volume Teaching Modernist Women Writers. Shorter projects include essays about Warner’s late Elfin stories and BBC journalist and novelist Venu Chitale, and she is collaborating with Sonita Sarker on several projects related to whiteness and modernist studies. She has held numerous part-time administrative and leadership positions at Penn State and she was a Big Ten Academic Leadership Fellow for 2019-20.
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Sarah Gleeson-White, Book Review Co-Editor (2023), is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Sydney. She has published widely in early twentieth-century U.S. literature and film in, for example, PMLA, Modernism/modernity, and African American Review, and her books include William Faulkner at Twentieth Century-Fox: The Annotated Screenplays (Oxford UP 2017), Strange Bodies: Gender and Identity in the Novels of Carson McCullers (Alabama UP 2003) and, as co-editor with Pardis Dabashi, The New William Faulkner Studies (Cambridge UP 2022). Her current book project, Literature in Motion: Silent Film and the Formations of U.S. Literary Culture, is under contract with Oxford UP, and she is at work on a chapter about Alice Dunbar Nelson and the movies for Jim Crow Modernism, ed. R. Jackson, A McKible & K. Clark (also under contract with Oxford UP).

Jessica Masters, Book Review Co-Editor (2023), holds an MPhil in English and is currently completing a PhD in the Department of English at the University of Sydney about transnational modernist art objects and narrative form, focusing on the work of Jean Toomer, Jean Rhys, Djuna Barnes, and Willa Cather. She is currently working on an article about Henry Green and the late modernist sublime. Jessica has extensive professional writing and editorial experience, including while working at the Australian National University, and as a research assistant at the University of Sydney.

Michael McCluskey, Podcast Editor (2020), is Associate Teaching Professor of English at Northeastern University. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of York, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London, and a Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard. His research looks at literature and film from (mostly) the 1920s and ’30s to consider the history of technology, the history of education, and the intersection of the two. He is co-editor, with Kristin Bluemel, of Rural Modernity in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and co-editor, with Luke Seaber, of Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He is currently writing a monograph on 1930s British documentary and working on an edited collection about infrastructure in the space between.

Megan Faragher, Web Manager (2020), is Associate Professor of English at Wright State University, Lake Campus, where her research interests include interwar literature, information culture, propaganda, and social psychology. She has published articles and essays in Textual Practice, The Space Between Journal, and Literature & History. She also has essays in the collections Humans at Work in the Digital Age (2019) and Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City (2018). She is currently completing a manuscript on the relationship between public opinion polling and interwar culture titled Public Opinion in Mid-Century British Literature: The Psychographic Turn.

Bonnie Roos (2022), Co-Chair of the Conference Program Committee is Professor of English and Department Head of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University. She is co-author of  Three Women Artists: Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West (2022) and author of Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood: The World, and the Politics of Peace (2014). She is also co-editor of two postcolonial essay collections. Her research focuses on issues of nationalism, history, and gender. Her work can be found in Woman’s Art JournalJoyce Studies AnnualAmerican Art, Modernism/Modernity, Comparative Literature, Research in African Literatures and elsewhere. Roos has attended The Space Between conference frequently since 2003. Email:

Amy von Lintel (2022), Co-Chair of the Conference Program Committee is Professor of Art History and Director of Gender Studies at West Texas A&M University. She is co-author of Three Women Artists: Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West [please change this title in Bonnie’s too] (2022), author of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Wartime Texas Letters (2020), and text author of Georgia O’Keeffe Watercolors: 1916-1918 (2016). Her publications can also be found in Woman’s Art Journal, American Art, and Modernism/Modernity, and she has co-curated art exhibitions at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the Kansas City Public Library. Von Lintel has attended The Space Between conference frequently since 2013. Email:


Sophia Bamert (2021) is a Lecturer in Composition in the English department at Brooklyn College—CUNY. She holds a PhD in English with a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies from UC Davis and was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Engagements Core Curriculum at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on urban geography, racial formation, and narrative form in early twentieth-century American literature, as well as ecocriticism, infrastructure studies, rhetoric and composition, and writing pedagogy. She has published in the journals African American Review, Literary Geographies, and Nathaniel Hawthorne Review and in co-authored chapters in the edited collections The City in American Literature and Culture and American Literature in Transition, 2000-2010.

Debra Rae Cohen (2021) is a Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, Debra Rae Cohen focuses her research on British modernism and media, especially radio, and women’s literature of the world wars. She is the author of Remapping the Home Front: Locating Citizenship in British Women’s Great War Fiction, and co-editor of the collections Broadcasting Modernism and Teaching Representations of the First World War. She was a founding member of The Space Between and the first book review editor of its journal. Former editor of the journal Modernism/modernity, she is currently the Vice President of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Sarah Cornish (2017; 2020) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches courses in transatlantic modernism, modern women writers, the middlebrow, and film studies. She is co-founder of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association, and her research on the modern city and material culture in interwar and midcentury literature and film focuses particularly on women writers and makers. Her articles and reviews have been published in Feminist Modernist StudiesTwentieth Century LiteratureVirginia Woolf Miscellany,The Space Between Journal, Woolf Studies Annual, and The Rocky Mountain Review. She has a chapter forthcoming in the MLA volume “Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English” edited by Janine Utell. She co-edited Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP, 2010). Sarah organized the joint conference of The Space Between and FiMA at UNC in 2018 and has been a member of The Space Between Society since 2013. On Twitter, you can find Sarah @secornish and FiMA @FiMAssociation.

Paula Derdiger (2018; 2021) is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches modern and contemporary British and global Anglophone literature, as well as film studies. Her scholarly interests center on the midcentury but span multiple cultures and media contexts. She has published essays on Elizabeth Bowen, Colin MacInnes, Elizabeth Taylor, and Billy Wilder, and she is completing a book on British realist literature and housing in the aftermath of World War II.

Ravenel Richardson (2021) is the Director of Research Expansion and Development at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on women’s personal narratives of war and genocide, specifically examining how the historical traumas of war intersect with life writing and literature. She has published articles on women’s writing in Contemporary Literary Criticism and The International Journal of Military History, and is currently completing a monograph, Trauma and Representation in Women’s Diariesof the Second World War. She has a chapter, “Gendered Encounters: The Holocaustand Life Writing” forthcoming in Phyllis Lassner and Judy Baumel Schwartz (eds.) Their Lives, Our Words (Bloomsbury UP, 2022) and a co-edited collection, Mid-century Women’s Writing: Disrupting the public/private divide, forthcoming with Manchester University Press

Luke Seaber (2020) is Tutor in Modern European Culture on the University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities at University College London. He is author of G.K. Chesterton’s Literary Influence on George Orwell: A Surprising Irony (2012) and Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation (2017). He has published various articles and chapters on British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is co-editor (with Michael McCluskey) of Aviation in the Literature and Culture if Interwar Britain and (with Nick Hubble and Elinor Taylor) the volume on the 1930s in the Bloomsbury Decades of Fiction series (both forthcoming 2020).

Aimee Armande Wilson (2019; 2021) is Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches classes in gender and reproduction in modern literature. She is the author of Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).  Her current book project considers the relationship between masculinity and pregnancy in interwar literature.

Sarah Woodbury (2021) is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her research focuses on traveling exhibitions and other forms of mobile art access. Prior to coming to William & Mary she was a museum curator, holding positions at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Shelburne Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. She presented at her first Space Between conference in 2019, and is currently participating in its mentorship program.