Emerson Society

The Advisory Board

Alice completed her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Rewriting the Life of an ‘Ultra-Radical’: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1852),” she looked at Emerson’s and Fuller’s different understandings of womanhood impacted their views of society and the American nation. Research interests include Transcendentalism, transnational writing, abolitionism, and women’s studies. She is the recipient of the Barbara L. Packer Fellowship (23-24).

University of Edinburgh

Nicholas' interests focus on American philosophy and literature, the philosophy of nature, metaphysics, aesthetics, and semiotics. He is the author of Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Philosophy (Lexington Books, 2017). He also oversees the archival collections in philosophy at the Special Collections Research Center of Morris Library.

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Michael teaches American literature and contemporary critical theory at the University of Sussex. He is founding member of The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA), and Reviews and Special Issues editor for the journal Textual Practice. He recently published Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and he writes on pre-1900 American literature, continental philosophy, and the history of science.

Michael Jonik

University of Sussex

Leslie A. Morris is Gore Vidal Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Houghton Library, Harvard University, where she cares for the Emerson family papers among other collections. She serves as Trustee for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, the Keats-Shelley Association of America, and the Emily Dickinson Museum. She is the General Editor of the online Emily Dickinson Archive.

Leslie Morris

Harvard University

Georgia Walton is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds and associate editor for parallax Journal. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Leeds and her MLitt in Victorian Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Georgia Walton

University of Leeds

Kristina West is a UK-based scholar working principally on Transcendentalist literature and childhood in American literature. Her first monograph, Louisa May Alcott and the Textual Child, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in April 2020; her second, Reading the Salem Witch Child, was published with Palgrave in December 2020. She has also published many book chapters and articles.

Kristina West

University of Reading

Daphne is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the American Literature program at Sapienza – University of Rome and at Technische Universität Dortmund. As a DAAD scholarship holder, Daphne is currently working – between Rome and Dortmund – on her PhD project centered around R. W. Emerson’s models of European and World Literature, his transatlantic literary and cultural relations.

Daphne Orlandi

Sapienza –
University of Rome

Thomas W. Howard is a Ph.D. candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation, “Pragmatic Ambiguities: Aphoristic Thinking in the American Nineteenth Century,” examines the role of the aphorism in nonfiction prose among the Transcendentalists and Pragmatists.

Thomas Howard

University in St. Louis.

Bill Scalia holds a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University and teaches writing, rhetoric and literature at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has published widely in literature and film.

Bill Scalia

Louisiana State University

Austin is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. He currently teaches American literature and first-year composition at Hunter College (CUNY), and serves as the Writing Across the Curriculum Associate at Lehman College in the Bronx.

Austin Bailey


Kathleen Crosby is a lecturer in the English Department at Elon University where she teaches classes in literature and the law, southern studies, and first-year writing. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, pedagogy practices, the first-year experience, and retention and persistence programming. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathleen Crosby

Elon University

Associate Professor of American Literature Department of English Université de Rouen Normandie

Yves Gardes

Rouen University

Mark Gallagher, PhD (UCLA, 2021) is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Texas Woman’s University where he teaches early and nineteenth-century American literature. He is at work on his first book, a study of Transcendentalism and labor reform.

Mark Gallagher


Serge Grigoriev is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ithaca College, NY.  His primary research interests are in pragmatism and philosophy of history (or historical theory).  His work has been published in various academic outlets, including Metaphilosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, Contemporary Pragmatism, Journal for the Philosophy of History, History and Theory.

Serge Grigoriev

Ithaca College


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