About

MWASECS Officers

Co-Presidents: Scott Breuninger, University of South Dakota; and Sharon Smith, South Dakota State University

Scott Breuninger is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Dakota specializing in Irish and British history of the eighteenth century and the Enlightenment. He also directs USD’s Honors Program. He is co-editor of Sociability and Cosmopolitanism: Social Bonds on the Fringes of the Enlightenment (Pickering & Chatto), and his work has appeared in the Journal of Religious History, Berkeley Studies, and elsewhere.

Sharon Smith is an Associate Professor of English specializing in Restoration, eighteenth-century, and early Romantic British literature. Her current research focuses on women’s verse satire of the long eighteenth century. At South Dakota State University, Dr. Smith serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the English M.A. Program and as a faculty member for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors College. Her work has appeared in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and other journals.

Past President: Jennifer Frangos, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jennifer Frangos is Associate Professor of eighteenth-century British literature at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has published essays on Aphra Behn, Anne Lister, Delarivier Manley, and eighteenth-century ghost stories, and is completing a book manuscript on discursive practices of sex between women in eighteenth-century British print culture. With Cristobal Silva, she edited the collection Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century (2010). She also serves as editor of the academic journal, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

Secretary-Treasurer: Jeanne Hageman, North Dakota State University

Newsletter Editor: Jeanine Casler, Northwestern University

Jeanine Casler has been newsletter editor since the fall of 2010. She teaches various courses in writing and literature (from Engineering Design and Communication to the Gothic novel) at Northwestern University. She has published on eighteenth-century women novelists, the representations of aging in literature, and widowhood, among other topics, and her edition of Clara Reeve’s School for Widows (University of Delaware Press) came out in 2000. Her current project is a book on women writing satire during the long eighteenth century, which will provide further evidence (with all due respect to Christopher Hitchens and Jerry Lewis) that women are funny and have been for some time.

Website Manager: Geremy Carnes, Lindenwood University

Geremy Carnes is Assistant Professor of English at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He has published essays on the religious contexts of Restoration drama, the eighteenth century novel, and the heroic verse epistle tradition. His book, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791 (University of Delaware Press) examines eighteenth-century literary works which strive to represent English Catholics sympathetically as the nation adjusted to the permanent minority status of the Catholic community.

Members-at-Large: Sheila Hwang, Webster University; Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma