2022 Officers & Executive Committee

Christina McDonald, President

Christina Russell McDonald is Professor of English and Institute Director of Writing at the Virginia Military Institute, where she teaches first-year composition, classical and contemporary rhetoric, composition theory and pedagogy, the rhetoric of health and medicine, as well as the senior capstone for English majors. In 2019, she was named the inaugural holder of the Jackson-Hope Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at VMI. She also organizes VMI’s nationally recognized Spilman Symposium on Issues in Teaching Writing. For nine years before her tenure at VMI, Christina taught undergraduate and graduate courses in both literature and writing at James Madison University, where she served as director of composition and founding head of the Writing Program, an independent academic unit in the College of Arts and Letters. Her participation in Cohort VI of the Inter/National Coalition for Research on Electronic Portfolios has resulted in presentations on reflective learning and ePortfolios at meetings of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), and the Assessment Institute. Her publications include two books, Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons (Southern Illinois University Press) and Teaching Composition in the 1990s: Sites of Contention (HarperCollins). Her current is focused on reflective learning and ePortfolios. A long-time participant in annual SAMLA conferences, Christina also has served as a Member of the Executive Committee (2014-2017), as Chair of the Undergraduate Essay Award Committee, and on the Finance Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Editorial Board for the South Atlantic Review.

 Adam Parkes, First Vice President

Adam Parkes is Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 1993, having previously studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (BA, 1988) and the University of Rochester (PhD, 1993). He is the author of two scholarly monographs published by Oxford University Press: Modernism and the Theater of Censorship (1996), a study of D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf in the context of early-twentieth-century obscenity trials, and A Sense of Shock: The Impact of Impressionism on Modern British and Irish Writing (2011), which considers how a discourse of impressions circulated among the writings of late Victorians such as Ruskin and Pater and Moderns such as Conrad and Woolf. His major ongoing research project focuses on representations of aristocracy in British and Irish modernism; initial results of this project have appeared or are due to appear in Aldous Huxley AnnualEtudes Lawrenciennes, and Twentieth-Century Literature. Parkes has also published a brief study of Kazuo Ishiguro in the Continuum Contemporaries series (2001) and articles and essays on such authors as Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, Elizabeth Bowen, and Cormac McCarthy. A new essay on Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go will appear next spring in a special Ishiguro issue of Modern Fiction Studies. As well as a long-serving member of the editorial board of Modern Fiction Studies, Parkes is currently President Elect of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America; he will be President for 2021-22.


 Lisa Nalbone, Second Vice President

Lisa Nalbone is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Central Florida where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Spanish literature and culture. She also serves as the Spanish Graduate Program Director. She is the author of Negotiating Discursive Spaces: Censorship and Women’s Novels in Spain (1950s - 1960s) (forthcoming) and The Novels of Carmen Conde: Toward an Expression of Feminine Subjectivity (2012) as well as coeditor of Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture (2016). She has published over 25 articles and book chapters and has also translated short stories from Spanish to English. Her research, focusing on writings that span the late-nineteenth to twentieth centuries in Spain, engages with sociocultural representations of femininity and the links between modernity and gender. She also examines literary and cultural products to decenter Eurocentrism, in particular, social constructs, identity markers, and political conventions during and beyond the transition to modernity. A long-time member of SAMLA, she is also currently serving her second term as a member of the MLA’s Delegate Assembly and is the Secretary Treasurer of the Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas. She is a member of the advisory board of Anales Galdosianos and on the board of reviewers for the South Atlantic Review.

Rudyard Alcocer, Past President

Rudyard Alcocer is the Forrest & Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages and Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is the founding director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty Seminar. He is the author of Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature (Routledge 2005), and Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Cinema (co-edited; forthcoming from University of Tennessee Press). Alcocer is also the founding faculty advisor for Vernacular: New Connections in Languages, Literatures, and Culturesthe University of Tennessee’s graduate journal in French, German, and Hispanic Studies. He currently serves as president of MIFLC (Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference). Alcocer is currently preparing a monograph that explores empirical approaches to literary studies; this project is in many ways premised on the search for methodologies most capable of making the literature classroom engaging to its students. Alcocer teaches all levels of Latin American literature and culture, and has designed and taught advanced courses involving the Hispanic Caribbean and the African Diaspora in Spanish America.

Leticia Pérez Alonso, Executive Committee Member

Leticia Pérez Alonso is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Jackson State University, where she teaches courses of Spanish language, Peninsular Spanish, and Latin American Literature and Culture as well as surveys of Modern American literature. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University at Buffalo and a PhD in English from the University of Salamanca. Her research interests concern avant-garde poetry, art, visual culture, and film and gender studies. She has published book chapters and articles in a variety of venues such as the South Atlantic Review, the Cincinnati Romance Review and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, to name a few. Leticia has been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Fulbright Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and, most recently, the Northeast Modern Language Association. She is currently working on a collective volume of essays that explores cinematic representations of women in modern celebrity culture. She regularly attends the SAMLA conventions in the capacity of presenter and chair of different sessions. As a member of SAMLA’s Executive Committee, she hopes to effectively assist in the organization of the annual conference and the dissemination of the journal of the association. She is also interested in providing opportunities that expand the career of junior faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. 

Martine Boumtje, Executive Committee Member

Martine Ernestine Boumtje is Professor of French and Literature at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. Born and raised in Cameroon, she received a BA (License en Lettres) with an emphasis in French Literature and Literary Genres at the Université de Yaoundé, a DIPLEG (Diplôme de Professeur des Lycées de l’Enseignement Général) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé. A few years later, she came to the US and received an MA and a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation, titled L’Illusion dans le Cinéma de l’Afrique Noire Francophone: Une Lecture de La vie est belleLe FrancSaaraba, et Touki-Bouki, was published in 2003 (University Microfilms International; Ann Arbor, Michigan). Boumtje’s teaching and research interests include French and Francophone Literature, Francophone African Cinema and Cultures. She is particularly interested in the co-existence of the past and present in Francophone African Cinema—new ways of filmmaking and production that challenge traditional narratives of storytelling. Boumtje is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Engraving History and Memories on an Empty Screen: The Narrative of Absence and Presence in Raoul Peck’s Lumumba, la mort du Prophète” and a book chapter titled “The Coexistence of the Past and Present in Dami Kouyate’s Keita: The Heritage of the Griot; A Case for an Integrative Curriculum.” An active member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association since 2007, Boumtje has served throughout the years as session chair and secretary for both the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the French III (20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Literature and Film). She also served as a member of the Nominating Committee from 2014 to 2016.

Amy Hodges Hamilton, Executive Committee Member

Amy Hodges Hamilton (PhD, Florida State University) is a professor of English at Belmont University. Amy’s research and teaching interests center on personal writing, feminist theory, trauma theory, and healing and the arts. She serves as Belmont University Capstone Coordinator and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Peer Education Faculty Leader. Amy is most at home when writing and collaborating with students, which is evidenced in “First Responders: A Pedagogy for Writing and Reading Trauma” in Critical Trauma Studies (NYU Press, 2016) and many conference presentations which highlight the voices of student and community writers. Amy has served as the Co-Chair for Belmont’s Women’s History Month for the past five years and is committed to helping women on the margins find their voices through writing, most notably through her collaboration with The Next Door, Rest Stop Ministries, Leaving the Cocoon, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. Similarly, she advocates for children on the margins by regularly linking her writing classes with the Ronald McDonald House and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She also serves as an educational consultant on the Maya Angelou Legacy Project as a result of the relationship cultivated during Dr. Angelou’s keynote address for the 2011 Belmont Humanities Symposium she co-organized around the theme of Liberating Voices and recently led a group of students across the Civil Rights Trail as a continuation of this work.

E. Nicole Meyer, Executive Committee Member

E. Nicole Meyer is Professor of French and Women's and Gender Studies at Augusta University, having earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current book project is Fractured Families in French and Francophone Autobiography. Her co-edited volumes include Rethinking the French Classroom: New Approaches to Teaching Contemporary French and Francophone Women (Routledge, 2019) and Teaching Diversity and Inclusion: Examples from a French-Speaking Classroom (2022). She publishes on a wide array of topics from French and Francophone women's autobiography to Flaubert, French for Specific Purposes, Service Learning, contemporary French cinema, and 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature. She is Chevalier dans l’Ordre des palmes académiques (knighted by the French Republic), recipient of the Louis K. Bell Research Award (2021), Co-Chair of the Modern Languages Association Committee on Disabilities in the Professions, past Vice-President of the international organization, Women in French, Editor of French, Francophone and Comparative Literatures for the Rocky Mountain Review and Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French National Commission, French for Specific Purposes.. Her teaching interests include French and Francophone Contemporary Women's Autobiographies, Representation of the Body in French Literature, French Phonetics. She teaches all levels of French Studies. 


Horacio Sierra, Executive Committee Member

Horacio Sierra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies at Bowie State University, Maryland's oldest HBCU. His teaching and research interests include Renaissance studies, Shakespeare, gender/sexuality, popular culture, and Hispanic literature and culture. His scholarly work has been published in Comparative DramaThe Sixteenth-Century JournalEarly Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary JournalMESTERWomen's Studies: An Interdisciplinary JournalThe Journal of Florida LiteratureCEA Mid-Atlantic Review, and Theatre Journal. His creative writing has been published in The William & Mary Review, Riversedge, PeregrineMosaic, and The Journal of Florida Studies. His journalism has been published in The Washington PostThe Baltimore SunThe Hartford CourantHispanic magazineand The Miami Herald. He has received several research grants including an NEH research grant to work at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid and an MSI Research Grant to work in the Benson Collection at the University of Texas-Austin. He is an adviser for Sigma Tau Delta and Raíces. He earned his BS in Communication from the University of Miami and his PhD in English from the University of Florida. He splits his time between Miami, Florida and Washington, DC. 


Trisha Kannan, Executive Committee Member

Trisha Kannan (PhD, University of Florida) is a writer, editor, independent scholar, and owner of Concision Matters, an assessment and curriculum development company that serves students and teachers nationwide. For nearly ten years, she taught writing as well as a variety of courses in American and British literature. Her research focuses on Emily Dickinson, with her most recent publication a collection of essays on The Language of Emily Dickinson (Vernon Press, 2020). She has chaired panels at SAMLA for the Emily Dickinson International Society each year since 2012. She is also a longtime yoga practitioner and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2015. Originally from San Diego, California, she now lives and works in Lincoln City, Oregon 

 Barton Palmer

R. Barton Palmer, Editor of the South Atlantic Review

Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor Emeritus of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directed the Global Cultural Studies and Cinema and World Cultures programs. Palmer holds PhDs from both Yale (Medieval Studies—French, German, and English) and New York University (Cinema Studies). He is the author, editor, or general editor of nearly fifty academic books on various literary and cinematic subjects, as well as nearly a hundred journal articles and book chapters. As a medievalist, Palmer is best known as an editor and translator of the poetry of Chaucer’s French contemporaries, including Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, Eustache Deschamps, and Alain Chartier. Currently, he co-directs an international research team with musicologist Yolanda Plumley (U of Exeter) whose main focus is the preparation of the first complete edition and English translation of the poetical and musical works of Guillaume de Machaut; this project is supported by the Leverhulme Foundation and by the NEH through the Middle English Text Series at the University of Rochester. His most recent film monographs are (with Robert Bray) Hollywood’s Tennessee: the Williams Films and Postwar America (Texas) and To Kill a Mockingbird: the Relationship between the Text and the Film (Methuen/A.C. Black). His recent edited collections include (with David Boyd) Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adaptor (SUNY); (with Murray Pomerance) “A Little Solitaire”: John Frankenheimer and Postwar Hollywood (Rutgers); and (with Steven Sanders) The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh (Kentucky). Palmer is the founding and general editor of book series at Routledge, Edinburgh, Florida, and Georgia. He is the former Executive Director of SAMLA and was active in the relocation of the association at Georgia State University, where he used to teach.

LeeAnn M Richardson

LeeAnne M. Richardson, Executive Director

LeeAnne M. Richardson (PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington) is Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University, where she teaches late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature. She has a particular interest in the odd, the under-studied, and the culturally marginalized, focusing on the ways that characterizations of the “unpopular” intersect with questions of gender, sexuality, and genre. Author of New Woman and Colonial Adventure Fiction in Late Victorian Britain: Gender, Genre, and Empire, she has also published on women prose writers from the British colonies (like Flora Annie Steel, the “female Kipling,” and Olive Schreiner); women poets (Dollie Radford, Michael Field); and the transition from Victorian to modernist literature. This work has appeared in Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth Century Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies as well as in anthologies. She is currently completing a monograph titled The Forms of Michael Field, which argues that for Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper), gender identity is—like the various types of lyric poetry and verse drama they produced—another form to experiment with and re-define. Moreover, in their many books of poetry, genre itself becomes a form of identity and a way to mediate gendered social expectations.