Officers 2017-2018


Katherine Kinney  Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

Katherine Kinney is Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of English at the University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in 20th century American literature and film. She received her B.A. in English and History from the University of Washington and her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War (Oxford 2000), she is currently writing a book entitled The Shock of Freedom: Acting, the Movies and the 1960s. Her most recent publication, “The Resonance of Brando’s Voice,” appears in Postmodern Culture (2014). She was Associate Editor of American Quarterly from 2003 to 2007 and on the editorial board of American Literature from 2002-2005.

Katherine Kinney has been an active participant of PAMLA for many years. She has organized and moderated panels and presented a number of papers at PAMLA conferences. In 2013, Katherine Kinney was selected as one of the speakers for the Special Forum: “Stages of Life: Age, Identity, and Culture” at the 111th Annual PAMLA Conference in San Diego, California.

First-Vice President

Stanley Orr  Stanley Orr, University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu

Hailing from Riverside, California, Stanley Orr is Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division at the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu, where he teaches courses in writing, literature, and screen studies. Orr earned a B.A. in English at U.C. Riverside and a Ph.D. in English at UCLA. He has published a number of essays in critical anthologies as well as articles in journals such as American QuarterlyJouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres. Orr’s book, Darkly Perfect World: Colonial Adventure, Postmodernism, and American Noir (The Ohio State University Press, 2010), charts a trajectory of the noir ethos from fin de siècle adventure through postmodernist parody and revision. This study has been recognized for its distinctive situation of hard-boiled fiction and film noir within the context of colonial discourse. Orr also serves as a co-editor of The Pearson Custom Library: Introduction to Literature. At present, Orr is writing a book on the teleplays of Pasifika dramatist John Kneubuhl. In his latest publication—“‘Welcome to the Fabled South’: John Kneubuhl’s Global Southern Gothic, 1959-1966” (forthcoming in Small Screen Souths: Interrogating the Televisual Archive [Louisiana State UP, 2017])—, Orr analyzes a number of the episodes that Kneubuhl contributed to Adventures in ParadiseThriller, and The Wild Wild West, including innovative adaptations of fiction by William Faulkner, Robert E. Howard, and Cornell Woolrich.

Second-Vice President

Martin Kevorkian  Martin Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin

Born and schooled in California, Martin Kevorkian is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as Associate Chair, Interim Chair, and (currently) Director of the English Honors Program.  Kevorkian earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, with Honors in the Humanities, from Stanford University, where he also received an MA in English before earning his PhD at UCLA. He is the author of Color Monitors: The Black Face of Technology in America (Cornell UP, 2006) and Writing beyond Prophecy: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville after the American Renaissance (LSU, 2013), as well as articles in American Quarterly, ELH, NLH, Renascence, Leviathan, and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.  In addition to his work on technology and race in contemporary culture and on the literature of the American Renaissance, he has published essays on John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Tim Burton, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Pacific Coast Philology Co-Editors

Roswitha Burwick  Roswitha Burwick, Scripps College

Roswitha Burwick is Professor Emerita at Scripps College where she has been teaching since 1971. She has published several books and numerous articles on German Romanticism, specifically on Achim von Arnim and science, and on women in Romanticism. She is one of the main editors of the Weimarer Arnim-Ausgabe, a historical critical edition of the complete works of the German Romantic poet Achim von Arnim. In 2007 she published a two volume edition on Ludwig Achim von Arnim. Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften 1 which contains his publications on natural science. She is presently working on the second volume of Arnim's scientific writings that contains his manucripts. In collaboration with Olaf Breidbach, University of Jena, she has published a collection of essays on Physics Around 1800: Art, Science or Philosophy? in German and English (2012/2013). She also directed a student-faculty project with the title Merry Sorrows. (Un)Happy Endings. Fairy Tales For Our Time. (2010).

Although retired, Dr. Burwick continues to teach "Once Upon a Time. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Fairy Tale," a course in the Scripps Interdisciplinary Core program.  She is a member of many professional organizations and the Vice-President of the Internationale Arnim-Gesellschaft

Richard Sperber Richard Sperber, Carthage College

Richard Sperber is Associate Professor of German and Spanish at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, and he has taught at Gonzaga University and Carthage College, where he has served as Chair of Modern Languages. His research interests include colonialism, the Spanish Civil War, and contemporary literature. He is the author of The Discourse of Flanerie in Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Texts (2015). Other publications include essays on primitivism and colonialism in early twentieth-century German popular fiction. Currently, he is working on informal social networks and friendship in colonial societies. 

Executive Director

Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Craig Svonkin grew up Southern California, where he received his B.A. from USC, his M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He is a writer of flash fiction and prose poetry fragments, an Associate Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a dedicated fan of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, David Wilson’s meta-museum discussed in Craig’s essay “If Only L.A. Had a Soul: Spirituality and Wonder at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.” He has had the pleasure of serving as PAMLA's Executive Director since March 2009.

Craig's published essays include "Postmodern Documentary: The Return of the Magus on Video" (2016), "From Disneyland to Modesto: George Lucas and Walt Disney" (2012), “Manishevitz and Sake, the Kaddish and Sutras: Allen Ginsberg’s Spiritual Self-Othering” (2010), “A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” (2011), “From Robert Lowell to Frank Bidart: Becoming the Other; Suiciding the White Male ‘Self’” (2008), and “Melville and the Bible: Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale, Multivocalism, & Plurality” (2001).

Craig has also co-authored "A New Parliament of Fouls: The 2015 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry" (with Lissa Paul and Kate Pendlebury), "Old Guard→Avant-Garde→ Kindergarde: The 2014 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry" (with Lissa Paul and Donelle Ruwe), “Outside the Inside the Box: The 2013 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry” (with Michael Joseph and Donelle Ruwe) and New Directions in American Literary Scholarship: 1980-2002 (with Emory Elliott), and co-edited the symposium “Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books” (with Charles Hatfield) and the upcoming special issue of Pacific Coast Philology (volume 53, no. 2, Fall 2018) on "Metafamily" (with Steven Gould Axelrod).

Please email Craig Svonkin with any questions or suggestions about PAMLA: (or call if you wish: 626-354-7526). 

Treasurer/Advancement Officer

John Schwetman  John D. Schwetman, University of Minnesota, Duluth

John D. Schwetman is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English, Linguistics and Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he specializes in twentieth-century US and world literatures. His article titled “’Shadowy Objects in Test Tubes’: Marking Grievance in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go” came out in the November 2017 issue of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. A chapter titled “’I Was in Italy . . . and I Spoke Italian’: Fighting Other People’s Battles in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms,” appeared in Hemingway in Northern Italy (U Press of Florida, 2017). He is currently working on a book on twentieth-century US travel narrative titled Far from Home: Cosmopolitanism and the Unsettling of America in Twentieth-Century U. S. Travel Narrative. He received his Ph.D in English at the University of California, Irvine in 1999, he has taught and lived in Duluth ever since.

Executive Committee

Terms Expire 2018

Yolanda Doub  Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno

As an associate professor of Spanish at California State University, Fresno, my area of specialization is 20th and 21st Century Spanish American narrative, with an emphasis on the Bildungsroman and additional research interests in Southern Cone and Mexican literature, adaptation studies, and Latino literature. I am the coordinator for the Spanish MA program as well as an active member of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association and the larger Spanish-speaking community. Since my first PAMLA conference experience six years ago, I have been hooked on this vibrant organization, participating regularly as presenter, moderator, and presiding officer. The breadth and depth of topics at PAMLA conferences and in Pacific Coast Philology highlight our lively community of scholars as well as the growing appeal of our organization. We are a regional group, but we attract members from all over the world by combining rigorous standards with a collegial, consistently welcoming atmosphere that encourages intellectual exploration and thoughtful feedback. These qualities make us stronger as an organization, and I would like to see them continue to be priorities as we move forward.

Brian Reed  Brian Reed, University of Washington, Seattle

Brian Reed is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has written three books—Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006), Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics (2012), and Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics(2013)—and co-edited two essay collections, Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow (2003) and Modern American Poetry: Points of Access (2013). He has also published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; his work has appeared in venues such as the African American Review, Boundary 2, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Postmodern Culture. He currently serves on the boards of Contemporary Literature, the Journal of Poetics ResearchModern Language Quarterly, and Profession, and he is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the MLA’s Poetry Forum. A new monograph, A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary American Poetry, is forthcoming in 2016.

Terms Expire 2019

 Karin Bauer, McGill University

Karin Bauer is professor of German Studies at McGill University and editor of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. Publications include Adorno’s Nietzschean Narratives: Critiques of Ideology, Readings of Wagner (SUNY Press, 1999), Everybody Talks About the Weather: We don’t (Seven Stories, 2008), special journal issues on Herta Müller, the Red Army Faction, and Berlin, and articles in the areas of critical theory and contemporary German literature and culture. An edited volume on Topographies of the New Berlin (Berghahn Publisher) and a special issue of Seminar on Surveillance(co-edited with Andrea Gogröf) are forthcoming. Currently, she is working on actual and virtual literary publics and a manuscript on Ulrike Meinhof.

Karin has served as chair of the Department of German Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from 2000-14 and as president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (2002-04). She has been a member of PAMLA since she was a graduate student at the University of Washington in the late 1980s. At PAMLA, she found a warm and supportive community of mentors and scholars with whom she has collaborated on various projects. She has delivered many papers at PAMLA and organized and chaired several sessions. As a member of the executive board, Karin’s objective would be to work with members and the executive team to advance PAMLA’s goals, plan upcoming conferences, debate new initiatives, and increase graduate student participation and support. She is committed to maintaining and enhancing PAMLA’s wonderful spirit of community so that the atmosphere of collaboration, collegiality, and genial intellectual exchange may inspire future generations of scholars.

Andrew Howe  Andrew Howe, La Sierra University

Andrew Howe is a Professor in the Department of History at La Sierra University, and also director of La Sierra’s Honors Program. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Riverside; his appointment at La Sierra is in American Studies. Andrew teaches courses in popular culture, film studies, and cultural history. Recent scholarship includes the following book chapters: “Now Voyagers!: Time Travel and the Culture Wars of the 1980s” in Time Travel Television (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); “Partial Rehabilitation: Task Force and the Case of Billy Mitchell” in ReFocus: The Films of Delmer Daves (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); and “Victims & Warriors: Domestic Abuse Films from Three Cultures” in Women, Violence, and Resistance (University of Tunis, forthcoming 2016). Andrew is currently working on several different publications involving the role of Manifest Destiny and the frontier in the popular imagination: the narrative function of burial and cemeteries in the Western genre; the transformation of the Mohican myth in Avatar; and metaphors involving the 19th century extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.

Personal Statement:

My involvement with PAMLA extends back to the early days of my graduate education. Fairly new to conferencing, I nervously attended the 2000 meetings held at UCLA, worried that my paper might find a difficult reception. What I found instead was a supportive network of colleagues from different disciplines and institutions, a community built upon the sharing of ideas. It has been my pleasure, since that time, to present numerous conference papers, organize panels, serve on the conference planning committee for the 2014 conference in Riverside, and serve as a referee for PAMLA’s journal, Pacific Coast Philology

Terms Expire 2020

Melissa Axelrod  Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico

Melissa Axelrod is a Professor and Regents’ Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Her primary research areas are 1) morphosyntax and semantics in polysynthetic languages and 2) language preservation and revitalization in Native American language communities. She began work on Northern Athabaskan in 1981, and has published a book and many articles on the Koyukon language and has also collaborated on volumes of texts and pedagogical materials, as well as a comprehensive dictionary. She has been working on language revitalization efforts in the Southwest since 1995. She began working on projects with the Jicarilla Apache community in 1996, in particular, as PI of the NSF-funded Dictionary of Jicarilla Apache project (W. Phone, M. Olson, and M. Martinez. Abáachi Mizaa Láo Ilkee' Shijai: Dictionary of Jicarilla Apache. By UNM Press, 2007).  More recently, she has been collaborating, along with a UNM team of students and graduates, with the Language Program at Nanbé Pueblo on a dictionary and pedagogical materials. The comprehensive Dictionary of Nanbé Tewa will be printed for community use this year. She has also been working with colleagues on a documentation project for Ixhil Mayan since 2001, involving a trilingual grammar and pedagogical materials, and she has been participating in the O’odham Ñe’ok Revitalization Project since 2009. She was recently awarded the Linguistic Society of America’s Ken Hale Prize for her work on language documentation.

Peter Schulman  Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University

Dr. Peter Schulman is the author of The Sunday of Fiction: The Modern Eccentric (Purdue University Press, 2003) as well as Le dernier livre du siècle (Romillat, 2001) with Mischa Zabotin. He has edited a critical edition of Jules Verne's The Begum’s Millions (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) and recently translated  a meditation on waves by Marie Darrieussecq, On Waves (VVV editions, 2014) and Ying Chen’s Impressions of Summer (Finishing Line Press, 2016); Jules Verne’s last novel The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz (University of Nebraska Press. 2012) as well as Suburban Beauty from poet Jacques Reda (VVV editions, 2009) and Adamah from Céline Zins (Gival Press, 2010). He is currently co-editor in chief with Josh Weinstein of a new journal of eco-criticism, Green Humanities: A Journal of Ecological Thought in Literature, Philosophy and the Arts and is at work on a book on French filmmaker Alain Resnais for the University of Mississippi Press and a translation of Jules Verne’s unpublished plays, A Thousand and Second Night and Other Plays by Jules Verne (West Warwick, RI: Bear Manor Fiction, The Palik Series, 2017). In addition to his publications, he is also President and Producer of the Haberdasher Theater in NYC and Columbus, and is at work on a documentary titled American Cinemathèque with director Robin Paez. He translated Marie Nimier’s play Noel revient tous les ans which was performed in NYC and Columbus Ohio in November by the Haberdasher Theater Company. He has organized international film festivals and started a yearly Virginia Beach-Quebec Poetry Festival with the Maison de la Poesie in Montreal. He was elected to the MLA Executive Committee of the Division of Twentieth-Century French Literature (2004-2009) and the executive committee of the Societé des Professeurs Français et Francophone (SPFFA) since 2001. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of five different journals including The French ReviewNouvelles Francographies, and French Studies in Southern Africa.

Graduate Student Representative, Term Expires 2018

Raymond Hong Jig Rim

“Raymond” Hong Jig Rim is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of California, Riverside and an immigrant from South Korea. His academic focus is Cold War texts, looking especially at the ways religion and capitalism are used culturally to construct hegemonic and subordinate masculinities. His dissertation research seeks to understand how and why masculinity remains potent and, more importantly, how to deconstruct its importance in a neoliberal, Christian society. Using texts drawn from diverse genres, Raymond considers the problematics of queer and female masculinities existing in a competitive, closed circle.

Nominating Committee for 2018

Andrea Gogrof  Andrea Gogröf, Western Washington University

Andrea Gogröf is professor in the interdisciplinary department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Her book is entitled Defining Modernism: Baudelaire and Nietzsche on Romanticism, Modernity, and Richard Wagner. The relationship between Romanticism and Modernity continues to inform her present research in philosophy, literature and film. She has published articles on Charles Baudelaire, Friedrich Nietzsche, Peter Handke, Emile Zola and Michael Haneke. Other focal points are aesthetic representations and cultural expressions of concerns with hygiene, surveillance and voyeurism understood in their widest manifestations: the encroachment of public and state promoted standards of hygiene and the practice of surveillance onto the personal, the private-sphere, (self-) supervision and control, shifting modes of self-invention and the ritualized presentation of self in contemporary culture. Currently she is working on aesthetic reflections of the latest surveillance methods in contemporary American, German and French cultures with a special interest in literary texts, films and blogs that reflect generational differences of attitudes and actions concerning media control, its push for absolute transparency and the ensuing debates on rights, needs and possible indifference to privacy.

John Ganim  John Ganim, University of California, Riverside

John Ganim is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.  He is the author of four books, Style and Consciousness in Middle English Narrative (1983), Chaucerian Theatricality (1990), both published by Princeton University Press, and Medievalism and Orientalism: Three Essays on Literature, Architecture and Cultural Identity (2005) published by Palgrave MacMillan, and co-edited Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages, also published by Palgrave (2013). Last year, Medievalism and Orientalism was published in Arabic by the Kalima Foundation (2012).  His essays have appeared in such venues as PMLAELH and leading journals in Poland and Japan. He served as President (2006-2008) of the New Chaucer Society.  Previously, he has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Middle English Division of the Modern Language Association and is presently a member of the Advisory Boards of Studies in the Age of Chaucer and Cambria Press’ series on Medievalism, Classicism and Orientalism.  He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001.  At UCR, he has been department chair and director of graduate studies and is presently director of undergraduate studies.  He was part of a team that received an Australian Research Council multi-year grant to study Australian Medievalisms (2009-2012).  He has written and lectured on film, architecture and the postcolonial past here and abroad.

Heidi Schlipphacke  Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois at Chicago

Heidi Schlipphacke is Associate Professor of German at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a member of PAMLA since 1998.  She received her Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Washington, and she has enjoyed retaining strong ties to colleagues in the Western United States ever since. Her research focuses on gender, kinship and aesthetics in the European Enlightenment and in post-fascist German and Austrian literature and film. She also enjoys writing about queer popular culture.  She is the recipient of research fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. She teaches courses in German and Austrian Studies, in Gender and Queer Studies, in Film Studies, in Jewish Studies, and in International Studies.  Her published academic work on authors and filmmakers including Ernst Marischka, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, Tom Tykwer, and Goethe has appeared in journals such as Modern Austrian LiteratureScreenCamera ObscuraThe German Quarterly, and Journal of English and German Philology, among others. Her book, Nostalgia After Nazism: History, Home and Affect in German and Austrian Literature and Film, appeared with Bucknell University Press in 2010.



Assistant Director

DavidBoyd David John Boyd, University of Glasgow

David John Boyd is the Assistant Director of PAMLA and a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature (Text-Image Studies) at the University of Glasgow (UK). He received his B.A. in English Literature and European History at Metropolitan State University of Denver (2011), his M.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Glasgow (2011), and is currently finishing his doctoral program at the University of Glasgow (2018). David has been a proud member of PAMLA since 2012, a member of the PAMLA Site Committee since 2013, and became the Assistant Director of PAMLA late in 2017. His duties include working with the Executive Director Craig Svonkin, Webmaster Russell McDermott, and the PAMLA Site Committee in the administration and organization of the annual conference, and filling your Facebook feed with memes and conference updates. Email David at if you have any questions about the conference, and please like PAMLA’s Facebook page at for his stream of Facebook posts!

David’s primary research centers around the theoretical works of Walter Benjamin and Gilles Deleuze regarding discourses on world visual culture and media philosophies of temporality, modernity, and history, primarily in the scope of U.S.-Japan media exchanges. His other projects and interests include global youth culture and cosmopolitan fan cultures, and how they contribute to discourses on millennial Marxism, queer theory, and ecocriticism. David’s publications include “Hollowed Out: Exhuming an Ethics of Hollowing in Tite Kubo’s Bleach” (in Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 50.2, 2015) and“‘Nonsensical is our thing!’: Queering Fanservice as ‘Deleuzional’ desire-production in Trigger Entertainment’s Kiru ra Kiru / Kill la Kill” (in Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, vol. 1.1, 2016).

David spends his time writing about, researching, and teaching contemporary fan and visual cultures, critical theory, and media philosophy.

Web and Communications

Russell McDermott  Russell McDermott, University of Southern California