Officers and Advisory Board

Officers and Advisory Board members are elected by society members for three-year terms. Elections take place at the annual conference.

Bylaws for the Space Between Society

Minutes for The Space Between Society


Erika Doss, Co-President (2018), is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Her interests in American art and visual culture are wide-ranging, as reflected in books including Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), Twentieth-Century American Art (2002), Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010), and American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries (2017).  The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has also held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Email:

Melissa Dinsman, Co-President (2019), is Assistant Professor of English at York College-CUNY and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (2015). Her research focuses on the intersection of modernism and media aesthetics and her first book brings together her interest in late modernist radio broadcasting, archival recovery, and information networks. Her most recent work can be found in places such as The Space BetweenModernism/modernityInternational Yeats Studies, the L.A. Review of Books, and Public Books. Dinsman has been regularly attending The Space Between conference since 2013 and has served as an advisory board member. She currently also serves as the web manager for The Space Between. Email:

Ian Whittington, Vice President (2019), is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where his teaching and research focus on mid-century British and Anglophone literature and culture. He is the author of Writing the Radio War: Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945(Edinburgh UP, 2018), and has published essays on Louis MacNeice, Rose Macaulay, Zoë Wicomb, and the larger field of literary radio studies. He is currently co-editing the Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology (Edinburgh UP, 2021), and is a Research Associate affiliated with the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force. He has been a regular attendee of the Space Between Society conference since 2007 and previously served as an Advisory Board member.

Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Treasurer (2016; 2019), is Assistant Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio. Her research examines Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich’s work during the early years of Stalinism, as well as questions of pedagogy in art history.

Caroline Krzakowski, Membership Secretary (2015; 2018), is Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. Her research and teaching interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century British literature, especially Modernism, British literary responses to World War Two, literature and diplomacy, transnational literature, British literature of the postwar period, and women’s writing. Her first book, The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970, examines representations of international relations in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, and in the films of Alfred Hitchcock that respond to the political instability of the post-war period.

Janine Utell, Journal Editor (2015), is Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.  Her research focuses on the study of 19th and 20th-century narratives of couplehood and intimate life, with a broader interest in the application of narrative theory and postmodern ethics to literary, visual, and digital texts.  She is the author of James Joyce and the Revolt of Love:  Marriage, Adultery, Desire (2010) and Engagements with Narrative (2015). She has three book projects under contract: a study of 20th-century life writing, an edited volume on comics artist Alison Bechdel, and an edited volume in the MLA “Options for Teaching” series on modernist women’s writing in English.  She has also published articles on film, life writing, and modernist studies. Contact: Note: potential contributors to The Space Between should review submission guidelines available on the journal platform here.

Geneviève Brassard, Book Review Editor (2016), is Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Minor at the University of Portland, where she teaches courses in Twentieth-Century British, Irish, and Women’s Literature. A past Co-President of the Space Between Society (2010-13) and organizer of the 2010 Conference ‘Belief and Disbelief in the Space Between,’ she has published articles and chapters on Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, May Sinclair, and Jane Austen. Her research interests include representations of female sexuality in interwar fiction by women, and her chapter on teaching Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and contemporary British women writers is forthcoming in the MLA Volume ‘Options for Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing,’ edited by Janine Utell.

Melissa Dinsman, Web Manager (2018), is Assistant Professor of English at York College-CUNY and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (2015). Her most recent work can be found in The Space BetweenModernism/modernityInternational Yeats Studies, the L.A. Review of Books, and Public Books. Dinsman also currently serves as the society’s co-president.


Sarah Cornish (2017) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches courses in transatlantic modernism, modern women writers, the middlebrow, and film studies. She is co-founder of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association, and her research on the modern city and material culture in interwar and midcentury literature and film focuses particularly on women writers and makers. Her articles and reviews have been published in Feminist Modernist StudiesTwentieth Century LiteratureVirginia Woolf Miscellany,The Space Between Journal, Woolf Studies Annual, and The Rocky Mountain Review. She has a chapter forthcoming in the MLA volume “Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English” edited by Janine Utell. She co-edited Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP, 2010). Sarah organized the joint conference of The Space Between and FiMA at UNC in 2018 and has been a member of The Space Between Society since 2013. On Twitter, you can find Sarah @secornish and FiMA @FiMAssociation.

Stella Deen (2015; 2018) is Associate Professor of English and World Literature at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches twentieth-century British literature.  Her research and teaching interests include middlebrow and modernist studies, periodical studies, and gender studies.  She has published on World War 1 and interwar women writers such as Enid Bagnold, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Bowen, and E.H. Young. A current project focused on Clemence Dane concerns middlebrow literary criticism and guidance to readers.  A chapter on this topic appears in Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period (Edinburgh U P 2017).

Paula Derdiger (2018) is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches modern and contemporary British and global Anglophone literature, as well as film studies. Her scholarly interests center on the midcentury but span multiple cultures and media contexts. She has published essays on Elizabeth Bowen, Colin MacInnes, Elizabeth Taylor, and Billy Wilder, and she is completing a book on British realist literature and housing in the aftermath of World War II.

Elizabeth Evans (2014; 2017) teaches at the University of Notre Dame where she offers courses on British and Anglophone fiction of the long twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests include modernist studies, gender studies, (post)colonial studies, and cultural geography. She is the author of Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London (Cambridge UP, 2018). Liz is currently at work on three new projects: one uses computational methods to map London’s cultural geography across a corpus of 10,000 digitized texts; one examines more closely the cultural geography of people of color in London prior to the Second World War; and the third examines airplanes and aerial views in British and Anglophone literature and culture (an early portion of the latter has been published in Modern Fiction Studies).

Carmenita Higginbotham (2019) is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Virginia who teaches in the Art Department and the American Studies program. She regularly lectures on the history of American art, popular visual culture, and art film. Higginbotham’s research has explored how, in early 20th-century art, the concept of the city has had an impact on representation. She explored this topic and more in her book The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art, which considers complexities of African American representation in 1930s realist, urban painting. Higginbotham’s range of academic interests also extend into the world of Disney. She teaches UVA courses on Disney’s impact on American popular culture and was featured in the PBS American Experience documentary on Walt Disney in 2015. She has been a member of the Space Between for several years, and will host the 22nd meeting of the society at UVA in 2020.

Phyllis Lassner, Honorary Member (2010) is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University.  Her publications have focused on interwar and wartime British women writers, including two books on Elizabeth Bowen, British Women Writers of World War II, Colonial Strangers: British Women Writing the End of Empire, Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust, and most recently, Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film.  Her current research concerns Holocaust refugee art, Polish post-Holocaust film and theater. She co-edited the 2017 special issue of The Space Between journal on the subject of “Espionage as Cultural Artifact.” She is a past co-President of the Space Between and serves on its Advisory Board as well as the Advisory Board of the Holocaust Education Foundation.

Michael McCluskey (2018) is a Lecturer in English and Film Studies at the University of York (UK). He has been a regular Space Between member since 2009 and helped to organize the 2014 Space Between conference in London. His research looks at literature and film of the early twentieth century to consider the impact of new technologies and the emergence of our own networked world. He is co-editor with Space Between member Kristin Bluemel of Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press and is working on an edited collection entitled Airmindedness: Aviation and Interwar Britain with Space Between member Luke Seaber.

Aimee Armande Wilson (2019) is Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches classes in gender and reproduction in modern literature. She is the author of Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).  Her current book project considers the relationship between masculinity and pregnancy in interwar literature.