The Executive Committee

Carla Sassi

Convenor

I am Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Verona. My main fields of investigation are the intersections between Scottish and Postcolonial studies, the Scottish Literary Renaissance, modern and contemporary Scottish literature.  Among my publications are: Why Scottish Literature Matters (2005), Caribbean–Scottish Relations (2007, co-author), Within Without Empire: Scotland across the (post)colonial borderline (2013, co-editor), and The  International Companion to Scottish Poetry (2015, editor). I have served on committees of both ASLS and IASSL, I was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling (2008), and I gave the second International Scottish Literature International Lecture at the Scottish Parliament (2013, organised by ASLS).

Pauline Gray Mackay
Treasurer

I was a member of the steering group that organised the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures held at Glasgow in 2014, and I helped to establish IASSL,  for which I am now Treasurer. I am Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow's Centre for Robert Burns Studies, based in Scottish Literature.  I have published widely in Burns studies and carried out research at major Burns collections in the UK and abroad. My other significant research interest is in Scottish bawdry and sexually-explicit writing.

Allison E. Francis

I am Professor of English, and English Department Chair at Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii, where I teach and publish in fields that include nineteenth-century African American and Caribbean Women’s Literature, Victorian Literature, Scottish Literature, Theatre and Poetry, Vodou in Haiti, and Women’s Fantasy Literature.  I co-edited South Sea Encounters: Nineteenth-Century Oceania, Britain, and America published with Routledge in 2018, which includes my chapter “Ernest Hogan’s Colored All-Stars Minstrel Show: A Case of Racial Discrimination in the Republic of Hawaii.” My chapter, “Contextualizing Escape in the Neo-Slave Narratives of Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose and Octavia Butler’s Kindred,” was published last year in Human Contradictions in Octavia E. Butler’s Work. I am collaborating on another scholarly collection tentatively titled Scottish Literature and the South Seas: Cross-Cultural Connections, with Dr. Richard Hill.  I am also an actor, director, and a performance poet who, this year, is publishing a volume of collaborative poetry Mulatta—Not So Tragic, with poet-activist Karla Brundage. As a playwright, I completed an adaptation of James Weldon Johnson’s novella, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and archived my short play, Chocolate Cake 8:46, to The Breath Project 2020 and Youtube.com.  This play commemorates George Floyd’s untimely death. Currently, I am writing my first musical ,which features a multi-cultural cast.

Joe Jackson

I am Associate Professor of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. I completed my MA at the University of Dundee and my postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick. My research is in late twentieth-century fiction, with a particular emphasis on the Scottish novel, on writing Blackness in post-war Britain, and on Caribbean fiction. I have published a monograph, Writing Black Scotland: Race, Nation and the Devolution of Black Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). I also have a significant research and teaching interest in world literature, and in the literary representation of addiction.

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Yuko Matsui

I am Professor in the Department of English, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. I have published articles on the Kailyard school and on such women writers as Elizabeth Hamilton, Christian Isobel Johnstone, and Willa Muir, as well as a critical biography of Walter Scott. My current research examines the pivotal role played by Scott’s works in the Victorian education and how his works were adopted by critics who institutionalized English literary studies during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. I am also interested in the narrative frameworks of Scottish storytelling in the context of environmental humanities.

Petra Johana Poncarová

I am based at Charles University in Prague and my research focuses on modern writing in Scottish Gaelic, especially the works of Derick Thomson and Ruaraidh Erskine of Mar, twentieth-century Gaelic revival, and the Ossian controversy. My publications include the study guide The Gaelic Poetry of Derick Thomson and the forthcoming monograph Derick Thomson and the Gaelic Revival. I also work as translator from English and Gaelic into Czech. As part of IASSL, I serve as deputy convenor for Europe and congress manager of the 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures (Prague, 2022), and help with the social media.

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Nicola Royan

​I am Professor of Older Scots Literature in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, and president of the Scottish Text Society. I have been working in this area for over twenty-five years, and I have published on texts in Scots and in Latin written in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, including Barbour’s Bruce and Harry’s Wallace, Henryson, Douglas and Dunbar, and the poetry of the court of James VI, as well as Scottish historiography from Walter Bower to George Buchanan. My most recent projects have been on Gavin Douglas and early Scottish humanism, exploring how that movement affects Scottish writing. I am proud to be the editor of the International Companion to Scottish Literature, 1400-1650, because of the astonishing breadth and depth of knowledge the contributors brought to the essays, and also because of its trilingual focus.

Benjamine Toussaint

I am Senior Lecturer in British Literature at Sorbonne Université (Paris) where I teach a course on Scottish studies. My research is mainly focused on 19th century novels and occasionally contemporary literature, with an emphasis on gender. I am currently editing a special issue of Sillages Critiques dedicated to Walter Scott.

Ronnie Young

Juliet Shields

Secretary

I'm Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle and the current secretary of IASSL.  I work on the on the intersections among nationality, gender, and race in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglophone literature, with particular interests in Scottish women's writing and literature of the Scottish diaspora.  My books include: Sentimental Literature and Anglo-Scottish Identity (Cambridge 2010), Nation and Migration: the Making of British Atlantic Literature (Oxford 2016), Mary Prince, Slavery, and Print Culture in the Anglophone Atlantic World (Cambridge, 2021), and Scottish Women's Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century: the Romance of Everyday Life (Cambridge, 2021).

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Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir

I am Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Iceland and hold a Ph.D. in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow. My main research interests are in historical fiction and contemporary Scottish literature and I have published on Scottish writing, historical novels and fictional representations of the Tudors and Stuarts in literature and film. I’m currently working on a research project entitled “Scotland in the North: Arctic Encounters in Scottish Literature,” funded by the University of Iceland Research Fund, and I am part of an emerging international research network on the theme of “Scotland and/in the North.”

Richard Hill

I am Associate Professor of English Literature at Chaminade University of Honolulu.  I have authored two books on nineteenth-century illustration of significant Scottish authors: Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novels (Ashgate 2010), and Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text (Routledge, 2017). I am also the editor of a collection of essays entitled Robert Louis Stevenson and the Great Affair: Movement, Memory, and Modernity (Routledge, 2017).  With Allison Francis, I am exploring the links between Scottish and Pacific fiction, having hosted an IASSL regional conference at Chaminade in 2019 on the subject.  I received my Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, and now live and work in Hawai`i, a journey closely mirroring Stevenson’s own, allowing for a series of literary and professional connections in Scottish studies across the world.

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Shu-Fang Lai

I am Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, and joint Professor at Department of Medical Humanities and Education at Kaohsiung Medical University. I obtained my M Litt from University of Edinburgh, and PhD from University of Glasgow. I have been Visiting Research Fellow at IASH, University of Edinburgh. I am interested in Victorian Literature, Literature and Science, 19th-Century Periodicals, Scottish children’s literature, and Literary Translation. My works on Scottish subjects include “Nature versus Nurture: Robert Chambers as a Writer for Children” in The Land of Story Books: Scottish Children’s Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019) jointly edited with Sarah Dunnigham, an introductory article on Aileen Paterson’s series of illustrated books about Masie the cat (2002), and some journal articles on periodicals such as “'Like a downcast angel': Harriet Martineau’s ‘Historiette’ of Mary, Queen of Scots” (2012), on translations of Scottish children’s literature, and on Victorian Scotsmen and their encounters with Formosa, for example, “Western Medical Education in Formosa the 19th Century: David Manson Memorial Hospital and its Medical Education Scheme” (2018, with Peih-Ying Lu), and “Voyages to the Central Flowery Land: An Exploration of Robert Fortune and the Genre of His Travelogues” (2021).    

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Caroline McCracken-Flesher

I am Professor of English at the University of Wyoming, and Director of UW’s Center for Global Studies. My research focuses on the nineteenth century and forward, and ranges across genres—from literature to medical humanities; politics to science fiction; visitor books to authors’ houses. Major publications include Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow (Oxford 2005) and The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders (Oxford 2012). Current research pursues the discourses of homecoming. I increasingly engage public audiences, and work across disciplines.

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Martin Procházka

I am Professor of British, American literature and Comparative at Charles University in Prague and my research interests include British and American Romanticism, Shakespeare in intercultural communication, Post-structuralism and the problems of performativity and fiction in literature and philosophy. In the field of Scottish studies, I have published on Scottish Romanticism and Enlightenment, Byron, Burns, and Macpherson, and contributed entries on Scottish writers to Czech literary dictionaries. I am the founding editor of the international academic journal Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture. In 2010-2015, I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow. I am member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Byron Societies. I was involved in organising the international conferences Byron: East and West (1998) and Robert Burns in European Culture (2009), and I am the main organizer of the 3rd World Congress of Scottish Literatures (Prague 2022). 

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Katherine Terrell

I am a Professor of Literature at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where I teach medieval literature. I am the author, most recently, of Scripting the Nation: Court Poetry and the Authority of History in Late Medieval Scotland (Ohio State University Press, 2021), which sets the poets of James IV’s court in extended dialogue with Latin and vernacular traditions of historiography. I’ve also co-edited, with Mark Bruce, a collection of essays titled Scotland and the Shaping of Identity in Medieval Britain (Palgrave, 2012), and published a translation of the Middle English romance of Richard, Coeur de Lion (Broadview, 2019). My work has appeared in numerous journals and essay collections.

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Joanne Wilkes

Originally from Sydney, Australia, I developed a particular interest in Scottish literature when I examined several of Walter Scott’s novels as part of my DPhil at Oxford.  My interest in Scotland has also been furthered through my traveIs there. I have had most of my career at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where I am Professor of English. The Scottish author on whom I have published most is Margaret Oliphant (1828-97): I edited or co-edited several volumes in the Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant published over 2010-2016 by Pickering and Chatto and then Routledge.

I am Lecturer in the Scottish Enlightenment within Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, and have also taught at the Universities of Strathclyde and Stirling. In addition to the Enlightenment period, my research interests include the Robert Burns and material text studies. Recent publications include The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture (Bucknell, 2016), which I co-edited with Ralph McLean, and essays and articles on Allan Ramsay, Thomas Muir of Huntershill, and the Burns Supper. I am an affiliate director for the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at Glasgow, where I am co-editing the correspondence of Robert Burns for a new OUP edition of the poet’s work as part of the AHRC-funded Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century project. Teaching activities include the development of online and blended learning in Scottish Studies: I was part of the team which developed the Massive Open Online Course ‘Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy’ on Futurelearn and I also contributed to their ‘Scottish Highland Clans: Origins, Decline and Transformation’. Between 2017 and 2020, I acted as secretary of IASSL, before which time I was secretary of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. I also co-edit the Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature (SCROLL) series for Brill/Rodopi Press.