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ASECS Committees, 2023–2024

Engage with the society on a new level by joining a committee! ASECS has a number of standing committees, in addition to other limited-term task forces and subcommittees, that help advance the mission of supporting the interdisciplinary and global study and teaching of the long eighteenth century.

Below are some of our standing committees with their descriptions. Read about other volunteer opportunities, and learn how to express your interest in committee service, on our Volunteer Page.

Development Committee

Charge: Identify areas of funding and financial development.

Chair: Catherine Ingrassia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Joseph Bartolomeo, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Cathy Jaffe, Texas State University
Heather McPherson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

Charge: To support greater equity, inclusion, and accessibility for ASECS members, and to foster racial, ethnic, and gender diversity within the Society.

Chair: Sal Nicolazzo (English), Race and Empire Caucus
Jeremy Chow (Engish), Queer and Trans Caucus
Stephanie Hershinow (English), Women’s Caucus
Mehl Pemrose (Spanish and Portuguese), Member at Large
Meghan Roberts (History), Board Member
TBD: Disability Studies Caucus and Graduate Student/Early Career Studies Caucus

Note: The Harassment Committee (see this page) is responsible for receiving complaints from members; members may also use the services of ASECS’s external, neutral Ombuds.

Graduate Student Prize Committee

Charge: Identifies best graduate student research essay prize and best graduate student conference paper.

Chair: Amy Freund, SMU
Anne Seul, Washington University at St. Louis
Helen Thompson, Northwestern University

Hans Turley Prize in Queer Eighteenth-Century Studies

Charge: Selects the best paper on a topic in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Asexual, or Queer Studies delivered at the ASECS Annual Meeting or a regional affiliate conference by a graduate student, an untenured faculty member, or an independent scholar.

Composition: Senior members of the Gay and Trans Caucus (and thus ineligible for the prize).

Deadline: Annually, Oct. 1 for papers presented in the previous 12 months.

Submissions Information

2023 Committee:
Chair, Susan Lanser, Brandeis University
Jason Farr, Marquette University
Kristina Straub, Carnegie Mellon

Harassment Committee

Charge: The Harassment Committee is charged with receiving complaints from any participant in an ASECS-sponsored activity who has experienced a violation of the harassment policy.

Chair: Susan Lanser, Brandeis University
Julia Fawcett (regular), University of California – Berkeley
Corinne Harol, English (regular)
David Alf, English (alternate), University of Buffalo
Luis Ramos (alternate), New York University

Note: ASECS also engages the services of an external, neutral Ombuds.

Innovative Course Design Committee

Members may submit proposals to demonstrate innovative undergraduate teaching.


James L. Clifford Prize Committee

Charge: Selects the best article on an eighteenth-century topic.

Submissions Information

2023 Committee
Chair: Jonathan Haddad, University of Georgia
Spencer Weinreich, Harvard Society
James Mulholland, North Carolina State University
Terry F. Robinson, University of Toronto

Louis Gottschalk Prize Committee

Charge: Selects the best book in eighteenth-century studies.

Submissions Information

2023 Committee
Chair: Sarah Benharrech, University of Maryland
Elaine McGirr, University of Bristol
Jared Richman, Colorado College

Media and Publications Advisory Committee (MPAC)

Charge: Advises the Executive Board and the Business Office on matters broadly related to communications and publications.

Composition: Executive Director (chair); one member at large; one Executive Board member; the editors of the two journals.

Chair, Benita Blessing, Executive Director
Emily Friedman, Auburn University
Craig Hanson, Calvin University
ECS editor: Ramesh Mallipeddi, University of British Columbia
SECC editor: David Brewer, The Ohio State University

Nominating Committee

Charge: Prepares a slate of ASECS members to run for various offices. The offices to be filled annually include the Second Vice-President and two positions as Members-at-Large.

2023 Committee
Chair: Nicole Aljoe, Northeastern University
Denise Baxter, University of North Texas
Anita Guerrini, Oregon State University emerita
Yann Robert, University of Illinois – Chicago

Program Committee for Annual Meeting, Toronto 2024

Charge: Assists the Business Office to plan the Annual Meeting.

Chair: Daniel O’Quinn, Guelph, Theater
Advisor for Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion: Sarah Eron, University of Delaware, Inclusion
Dana Lew, University of Toronto, English/Graduate Student Member
Robert Paulett, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, History
Hanna Roman, Dickinson College, French

Note: Please contact Executive Director Benita Blessing for questions about the Annual Meeting (

Srinivas Aravamudan Prize Committee

Charge: Selects best article in previous academic year that “pushes the boundaries, geographical and conceptual, of eighteenth-century studies, especially by using a transnatianal, comparative, or cosmopolitan approach.”

Chair: Chloe Wigston Smith, material culture, University of York (UK)
Sarah Eyerly, Florida State, Music
Rachel Wheeler, IUPUI, Religion/History
Peggy Elliot, Georgia College, French

Travel Awards Committee

2023 Committee will be pushed in the summer.

2022 Committee:
Chair: Carole Martin, Texas State, French
Annelise Andries, Utrecht, Music
Amber Ludwig, Honolulu Museum of Art, Art History
Stephanie Insley Hershinow, CUNY, English

Traveling Jam Pot Fund Committee

Charge: Awards ABDs and PhDs within one year of their completion $300 plus conference registration in order to attend the Annual Meeting.

2023 Committee:
Chair: Stephen Lazer, Arizona State, History
Aleksondra Hultquist, Stockton University
Enid Valley, Kalamazoo College

Delegates to Coalition Partners

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): Elizabeth Kraft, University of Georgia (through 6/2027)

International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS): Chunjie Zhang, University of California Davis (through 6/2025)