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Election Slate 2023, ASECS Executive Board

Please click on the links below to see the candidate statements for the open positions for this year's Executive Board elections. 


Please note:

  • Elections will open January 25; members will receive an email with the online ballot

  • Only members in good standing may vote in ASECS elections.

  • Members may petition to add additional candidates for the ballot as per Art. VII, sections 5–6 of the Constitution and Bylaws by emailing the Executive Director Benita Blessing ( by Jan. 23, 2023 5pm ET.  


First Vice President

Second Vice President

Member-at-Large 1

Member-at-Large 2



  • Lisa Freeman, English, University of Illinois, Chicago


​Lisa A. Freeman is Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Character's Theater: Genre and Identity on the Eighteenth-Century English Stage (UPenn, 2002), and Antitheatricality and the Body Public (UPenn, 2017), which was named the Runner-Up for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Outstanding Book Award, a Finalist for the Theatre Library Association George Freedley Award, and an Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize. She is also the editor of the Sarah Siddons volume for Pickering and Chatto's Lives of Shakespearean Actors series and has published articles, essays, and reviews in publications including ECF, ECTI, SEL, TLS, Theatre Survey and Theatre Journal. She has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and Chawton House Library and is a co-founder and organizer of both the Newberry Library Eighteenth-Century Seminar and the R/18 Collective. She has served ASECS in a variety of capacities, including First Vice-President (2022-2023), Second Vice-President (2021-2022), co-chair Executive Director Search (2020-2021), Women's Caucus Trustee (2018-2022), Executive Board Member-at-Large (2015-2018), co-chair Women's Caucus (2013-2015), and co-chair Masquerade Ball Committee (2013-2014, 2017-2018). She is committed to strengthening and promoting ASECS as a vibrant and vital intellectual and scholarly organization for a diverse community of dix-huitièmistes across all fields. She believes it is especially crucial for the future of ASECS that it find ways both to foster research, teaching and interest in the field, and to support and be more inclusive of members who are contingent or non-tenure track faculty, work in public humanities positions, or work outside the academy altogether.

First Vice President

  • Paola Bertucci, History, Yale University


Paola Bertucci is Associate Professor in the Department of History and in the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale University. She has a secondary appointment in History of Medicine at the School of Medicine and serves as the Curator of the History of Science and Technology Division of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on marginalized figures and practices in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly in the context of scientific and artisanal knowledge. She is the author of Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France (Yale University Press, 2017), which looks at the Enlightenment from the perspective of learned artisans and argues for the centrality of the mechanical arts in French colonial and commercial projects. Artisanal Enlightenment was awarded the 2019 Louis Gottschalk from ASECS. Her new book, In the Land of Marvels. Science, Fabricated Realities, and Industrial Espionage in the Age of the Grand Tour will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2023. The book takes the Italian journey of the French physicist abbé Nollet in 1749 to explore the relationship between the manipulation of information and the making of scientific careers. She is the recipient of the 2015 Clifford prize and the 2016 Margaret Rossiter prize from the History of Science Society. She served in the editorial board of Eighteenth-Century Studies and in the Clifford and Gottschalk committees.


Paola has a strong interest in bringing innovative scholarly perspectives to broader audiences in museum exhibitions. She designed two permanent galleries in the Galileo Museum in Florence (The Spectacle of Science and Science at Home). At Yale, she is working on the first History of Science and Technology Gallery (that will open in the Peabody Museum in 2024) and is the co-curator of Crafting Worldviews. Art and Science in Europe, 1500-1800 (Yale University Art Gallery, February 17-June 25, 2023) She earned her DPhil at Oxford and, before her appointment at Yale, she carried out postdoctoral work in Bologna, Florence, Paris, Stanford, and Berkeley. Her international experiences, together with her curatorial activities, have made her particularly appreciative of scholarship and initiatives that cross disciplinary or intellectual boundaries. Her own research, which mostly focuses on Europe, takes inspiration from studies of cross-cultural encounters and indigenous knowledge outside of Europe. She hopes to bring this multicultural approach to ASECS, promoting initiatives aimed at expanding and diversifying membership and outreach. She believes that, as a time of foundational transformations at a global scale, the eighteenth century offers precious opportunities to better understand the roots of systemic injustice and of critical thinking. She is committed to listening and working with members on strategies for making ASECS a space for effecting positive change, within and beyond academia. She is eager for ASECS to have a stronger media and social media presence, to establish collaborations with other societies or entities on common objectives/themes/events, to develop more inclusive practices to encourage participation and to support members’ creative experimentation.

Second Vice President

  • Misty Anderson, English, University of Tennessee-Knoxville


Misty G. Anderson is the James R. Cox Professor and Head of English at the University of Tennessee, where she also holds courtesy appointments in the Theatre and Religious Studies departments. Anderson is the author of Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self (Johns Hopkins, 2012) and Female Playwrights and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Negotiating Marriage on the London Stage (Palgrave, 2002), and is co-editor of the Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama and Theatre, vols. 1 and 2 (2017 and 2019), with Daniel O’Quinn and Kristina Straub. She has held fellowships at the Beinecke Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the Newberry Library. She edited Restoration for 13 years and has published in or reviewed for numerous journals, including ECS, ECF, ECTI, SECC, ECL, RECTR, and Modern Philology.  She is one of the founders of the R/18 Collective, a dramaturg for the Clarence Brown and Red Bull Theatres, and a producer of a number of staged readings of Restoration and eighteenth-century plays. She has served ASECS as a past Board member (2016-20), member of the Executive Director search (2020-21), chair of the Women’s Caucus (2015-17), co-chair of the Masquerade Ball Committee (2013-14 and 2017-18), and co-chair of the first Women’s Caucus fundraising committee (2002), as well as in posts as chair of the MLA Restoration and 18thC, later 18thC, and Religion Literature Executive Committees and on the SEASECS board. She believes that ASECS’s future depends on recommitting to our diversity as a community of interdisciplinary scholars; to fostering new work on the global eighteenth-century; to supporting our non-tenure-track colleagues in better and new ways, and to connecting to larger public audiences and artists to communicate the value of our work.

  • Sean Moore, English, University of New Hampshire

Sean D. Moore is Professor of English and Former Dean of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Honors College.  His ASECS service includes being Editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies (2017-2021), Member of the Travelling Jam Pot Committee (2014-2015), Chair of the Irish Studies Caucus (2006-2012), and his membership in the Race and Empire Caucus.  He is most recently author of Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries:  British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814 (Oxford UP, 2019), which was funded by NEH, AAS/NEH, Newport Mansions, MHS, and Library Company of Philadelphia fellowships.  His first book, Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution:  Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), which was funded by a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland as a Duke Ph.D. candidate, won the Murphy Prize for Distinguished Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies.  He is also a PMLA and Early American Literature author and book historian.  He has recently won fellowships from the U.K. Willison Charitable Trust (2023), Maynooth University Library (Ireland, 2022), and University of Aberdeen Library (Scotland, 2022) for a third monograph project:  “The British Secret Service and the Scottish and Irish Book Trades, 1660-1829:  An Inquiry into the History of Intelligence.” 

One of Professor Moore’s enhancements to the Editorship of Eighteenth-Century Studies was to do data analysis of women’s contributions to the journal such as finding in 2020 that 72 submissions were from women and 58 from men, with women writing 15 of the 24 articles (60%) printed in the journal that year.  Indeed, in 2018 Moore did a study of JSTOR downloads and found, strikingly, that 5 of the 6 top downloaded articles from the journal were by women and that most of them were from the 1996 number of the journal or before, indicating that the pioneering work done by our women authors in the 1980s and 1990s continues to accumulate prestige for the journal.  Further, in the introduction to the “Empire” issue (52.1, Fall 2018), he established that postcolonial studies essays were the most downloaded from ProjectMUSE in 2017, contradicting a 2009 PMLA roundtable saying that “postcolonialism is over.”  He also found that postcolonialism continues to be a diplomatic language, not just a methodology, to address the interrelated histories of violence, domination, inequality, and injustice associated with imperialism, and that its ethics have consistently been associated with finding peace and social justice in the present.  Moore not only increased the number of articles from 3-4 per issue to 7-8 per issue, but also with the help of Book Reviews Editor Jennifer Thorn, raised the number of book reviews from 3-5 to 20 per issue.  These accomplishments not only made for more comprehensive issues, but also increasing the royalties bottom-line for ASECS.  Accordingly, Professor Sean Moore can read a spreadsheet and has data analysis experiences that will serve him in his capacity as a Board Member and Vice-President. 


At-Large Seat # 1

  • Manushag Powell, English, Purdue University


Manushag N. Powell is Professor of English and Secretary of Faculties at Purdue University. She is the author of Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals (2012), co-author of British Pirates in Print and Performance (with Fred Burwick, 2015), and co-editor of Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820 (with Jennie Batchelor, 2018). She edited the Broadview edition of Defoe’s Captain Singleton (2019), and has published widely on pirates and periodicalists, usually not at the same time.


Nush has been a member of ASECS since at least 2005, and has proudly served the organization in many ways: on the Macaulay Prize Committee (2012, 2013, 2014 [chair], 2015), the Graduate Mentorship Award Committee (2017), the Gottschalk Prize Committee (2021; chair, 2022), and the Masquerade Ball Committee (2017-18). She is Trustee for the NTTF Fund and the Women’s Caucus, and has been Women’s Caucus Treasurer since 2016. She is also the Executive Director of the Defoe Society, and sits on the Steering Committee for ODSECS.


She has extensive experience with academic governance and committee administration; she is Secretary and Parliamentarian to her university senate, and an active member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians who received marks of high proficiency in her most recent presiding lab (12/22). Her administrative priorities are building transparency, and sustainable, forward-looking infrastructure. She is deeply committed to ASECS and the endlessly fascinating field of eighteenth-century studies, and believes that to remain vital, we must accelerate our efforts to embrace a deeper understanding of what it means to do eighteenth-century scholarship, and be willing to raise up and centralize new and different voices. 

  • Mona Narain, English, Texas Christian University


Mona Narain is Professor of English and affiliated with the Asian Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies departments at TCU. She has served as Associate Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for English. Currently, she is the Scholarship editor for ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1660-1840 and co-editor of the Transits: Literature, Culture and Thought, 1650-1850, a book series with Bucknell University Press. She has received grants from the NEH, Ohio Humanities Council, and MacGregor Foundation and reviewed for the NEH Fellowship division. Publications include Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820 (co-edited), Special issue of JEMCS, “Postcolonial Revisions of the Early Modern” (co-edited), chapters in The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing; Critical Insights: Salman Rushdie and New Essays on Maria Edgeworth, among others, and articles in journals such as ECF, Literature Compass, JMMLA, SEL, SIR, JEMCS, ELH, and JNT.  


She has served ASECS in several capacities, recently as co-chair of the Women’s Caucus and the DEIA Committee, chaired the Editing and Translation prize committee, and led the fundraising for the new Women’s Caucus Intersectional prize. As a long-time member of ASECS, a woman of color, and an immigrant, she is committed to sustaining and broadening the reach and impact of eighteenth-century studies, and in helping ASECS support all its members, especially emerging and early career scholars, scholars following different career pathways, and scholars from diverse communities.


At-Large Seat #2

  • Downing Thomas, French, University of Iowa

Downing A. Thomas is Professor of French at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Régime: 1647-1785 (CambridgeUP, 2002) and Music and the Origins of Language: Theories from the French Enlightenment (CambridgeUP, 1995). He is also co-editor (with Roberta Montemorra Marvin) of Operatic Migrations: Transforming Works and Crossing Boundaries in Musical Drama (Ashgate, 2006) and has published in ECS, SECC, SVEC, Representations, L’Esprit Créateur, and Common Knowledge, among others. He has received grants and fellowships from NEH (Summer Stipend), ACLS (travel grant), McMaster University/ASECS, the Department of State, and the FACE Foundation. He has also been elected President of ADFL (2007), and named Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of Academic Palms by the French Government and Honorary Professor (Hebei Normal Univ., China). Previous service to ASECS include President, MWSECS (2001), Editor and Assoc. Editor, SECC (2006-09), and Nominating Committee, ASECS (2002-03). Other board and administrative experience include serving as associate provost and dean of International Programs (Iowa, 2008-19); chair of the Department of French & Italian (1999-2002; 2003-07); member, Board of Directors, Pyxera Global (2012-2019); and US Advisory Board member, UniQuest (2021-). He is a lifetime member of ASECS, committed to supporting its role as an inspiring home for a diverse community of scholars and teachers.

  • Karen Stolley, Spanish, Emory University


Karen Stolley is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). Publications include DOMESTICATING EMPIRE: Enlightenment in Spanish America (2013) and essays on eighteenth-century studies in The Routledge Companion to the Hispanic Enlightenment (2020), Health and Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective (2021), and Mexican Literature as World Literature (2022). She co-edited with Mariselle Mélendez a 2015 issue of Colonial Latin America Review devoted to “Enlightenments in Ibero-America.” She serves on the editorial boards of Dieciocho and Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment. She is currently co-editing with Catherine M. Jaffe a collection of essays on “The Black Legend in the Eighteenth Century: National Identities under Construction” (forthcoming in 2024 with Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment). She has been a member of ASECS and the Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for over three decades and has previously served on the Executive Committee (2009-2012) and the Gottshalk Prize Committee (2013, 2022). She is committed to the full participation in our organization of all scholars and teachers working on the global eighteenth century.

Vice Presient
Member-at-Large 1
2nd VP
Member-at-Large 2
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