Kaitlin Mondello is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at The Graduate Center. She is working on her dissertation on posthuman ecology in transatlantic Romanticism focused on the work of Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson. Her teaching and research interests include Ecocriticism and Animal Studies. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Hunter College in New York City and taught previously in Florida at Stetson University and Daytona State College. She is a Writing Fellow at The School of Professional Studies and worked as a Writing Fellow previously with the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Program at John Jay College. She leads the Ecocriticism Public Working Group through The Center for the Humanities and is the author of “‘Perpetual Analogies’ and ‘Occult Harmonies’: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Ecological Selves” in Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins & Legacies (Lexington Books, 2016).
Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, “American Transcendentalism: Widening the Field of Search for Music,” examines the influence of sonic vibration and music on Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William James. Recipient of a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant, she is concurrently working on a digital humanities project called The Walden Soundscape, building a website that features sound recordings from Walden Pond in all four seasons. She is a co-Chair of Better to Speak, a women adjunct advocacy group at the Graduate Center, and teaches at Hunter College. Author of her own pedagogy blog, she is also a guest blogger for Pedagogy & American Literary Studies, a Twitter curator for We the Humanities, and a researcher at the Graduate Center’s New Media Lab community.
Sophia Sunseri is a doctoral student in the English department at CUNY, where she studies representations of shyness and willful acts of self-exclusion in literary and cultural texts from the eighteenth century. She also holds a MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Poetry from the New School University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lauren Bailey is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. She teaches at Queens College where she is the Assistant to the Directors of the First Year Writing Program. Her dissertation examines the crossover between the gothic, inheritance plot, and global economy by examining the disruptive force of foreign objects in nineteenth-century British literature. In summer of 2016, she completed the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on the History of Political Economy at Duke University. She also recently completed an archival research fellowship at the New-York Historical Society.
Photos and bios coming soon for our organizers Elizabeth Weybright, Paul Fess, and Laura Eldridge!