ISTW Executives & Steering Committee


Tim Youngs

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University. In 1997 he founded the journal Studies in Travel Writing (published by Taylor & Francis from 2009), which he continues to edit. His books include Travellers in Africa (Manchester University Press, 1994), The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (ed. with Peter Hulme, CUP, 2002), Perspectives on Travel Writing (ed. with Glenn Hooper, Ashgate, 2004), and Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century (ed., Anthem, 2006). He is series editor with Peter Hulme of the research monograph series Routledge Research in Travel Writing. In 2003 he established Nottingham Trent's Centre for Travel Writing Studies. From 2004 to 2009 he served on the Council of the Hakluyt Society. His interests in travel writing are wide-ranging but his own research focuses on post-1900 texts, in particular African-American, modernist, and radical travel narratives.

Professor Tim Youngs
School of Arts and Humanities
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS, UK

Waldemar Zacharasiewicz

Waldemar Zacharasiewicz

Waldemar Zacharasiewicz is University Professor at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik at the University of Vienna in Austria and the author of numerous books and essays related to travel writing, the literature and culture of the American South and Canadian fiction, especially their transatlantic ties.

He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the director of the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Vienna.

Among his monographs is Images of Germany in American Literature (2007). He has edited books such as Transatlantische Differenzen/Transatlantic Differences (2004), The Many Souths: Class in Southern Culture, Transatlantic Perspectives (2003), and Images of Central Europe in Travelogues and Fiction by North American Writers (1995). With colleagues, he has co-edited collections such as Transatlantic Exchanges: The American South in Europe, Europe in the American South, ed. together with Richard Gray (2007) and Canadian Interculturality and the Transatlantic Heritage (2005).

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Russ Pottle

Russ Pottle is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Misericordia University. His areas of research are in American travel writing, Hemingway studies, and cultural criticism. He has published work on the early writing of Melville, the intersection between travel writing and autobiography, and Hemingway's struggle with celebrity. Projects in progress include co-editing a volume of criticism on African-American travel writing and contributing to a forthcoming volume on Hemingway and Spain.

In addition to service with the ISTW, he is a past-president and member of the Board of Advisors for the Society for American Travel Writing, a member society of the American Literature Association. At Saint Joseph Seminary College, in Saint Benedict, Louisiana, he held the Abbot David Melancon Endowed Professorship in literature.


Sharon Ouditt

Sharon Ouditt is Reader in English at Nottingham Trent University. She has published widely on the subject of women writers and the First World War, but in recent years her research has focussed on travel writing, with specific reference to the relationship between England and Italy.

Her published essays and articles refer to figures such as Henry Swinburne, Richard Keppel Craven, Craufurd Tait Ramage, Edward Lear, George Gissing, Norman Douglas and Janet Ross. As well as being a member of the Travel Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent, she has been on the steering committee of the British Academy-funded In Medias Res project. She is presently completing a monograph on British travel writers in Southern Italy.


Donald Ross

As Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, Donald Ross organized the first North American travel writing conference in November 1997. Since then he has edited and circulated the monthly newsletter, "Snapshot Traveller," which is distributed to 800 people worldwide.

With Jim Schramer he edited and wrote introductions to two volumes for the Dictionary of Literary Biography series on American travel writers in the 19th century (numbers 183 and 189).

He is currently working on studies of American visitors to Britain in the mid-nineteenth century and on Elizabethan and Stuart explorers in North America.

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Wendy Bracewell

Wendy BracewellWendy Bracewell is Reader in Southeast European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, London.  She earned her PhD at Stanford University, as a historian of the early modern Balkans, and has written on a variety of topics in Balkan and east European cultural history. She is director of a long-running research project at UCL, East Looks West, which has surveyed, collated and analyzed east European travel accounts of Europe from 1550-2000.  She is editor of the resulting series of books, including Orientations:An Anthology of East European Travel Writing, ca. 1550-2000, ed. W. Bracewell (2009); Under Eastern Eyes: A Comparative Introduction to East European Travel Writing, ed. W. Bracewell & A. Drace-Francis (2008); and A Bibliography of East European Travel Writing on Europe, 1550-2000, ed. W. Bracewell & A. Drace-Francis (2008).  She also co-edited with Drace-Francis a volume on Balkan travel writing, Balkan Departures: Travel Writing from Southeastern Europe (2009). Her other work includes a monograph on early modern frontier warfare, The Uskoks of Senj: Piracy, Banditry and Holy War in the Sixteenth-Century Adriatic (1992).


Jennifer Hayward

Jennifer Hayward, professor of English at The College of Wooster, received her PhD in English Literature from Princeton University.  Her research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with particular emphasis on travel writing and on British involvement in Latin America.  She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the MLA travel writing discussion group and has organized a session on travel and national identity for the 2012 convention in Seattle.  She has published reviews and articles on travel writing and is also author of Consuming Fictions: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions from Dickens to Soaps (University Press of Kentucky, 1997); editor of Maria Graham's 1824 Journal of a Residence in Chile (University Press of Virginia, 2003); and co-editor, with Soledad Caballero, of Graham’s 1824 Journal of a Voyage to Brazil (Parlor Press, 2010).  She is currently beginning a book-length project titled “No Strangers but Ourselves:  Scotland in the Americas, 1824-1899.”


Alasdair Pettinger

Alasdair Pettinger is an independent scholar based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has held visiting research positions at the University of Central Lancashire and Nottingham Trent University, and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool.  He is the editor of Always Elsewhere (Continuum, 1998), an anthology of travel writings of the Black Atlantic. His published articles reflect his (overlapping) interests in travel literature, the cultures of slavery and abolitionism, and representations of Haiti. His current projects include a study of Frederick Douglass' visit to Scotland in the 1840s and a history of the word 'voodoo' in English. A member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Studies in Travel Writing, he also maintains the website which aims to complement the journal by posting relevant news items, building bibliographical and other resources, and engaging with social networks.


Michele Willman

Michele Willman is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Dakota.  She received her M.A. in English from North Dakota State University.  Her primary research interests include postcolonial studies, feminism and gender studies, and travel writing, particularly 19th and 20th century women’s travel writing.  She is currently at work on her dissertation which focuses on how female cartographers and surveyors have positioned themselves in relation to their subjects and how the texts that they have produced relate to imperial agendas. Michele has designed and taught a course on travel writing focused on American Women and the Road.


Carmen BirkleCarmen Birkle

Carmen Birkle is full Professor of American Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. She has taught at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and as a guest-professor at the University of Vienna and at Columbia University (New York City). Her publications, research, and teaching focus on American travel writing, ethnic and gender studies, inter- and transculturality, literature and medicine, post-colonialism, popular culture, and detective fiction. She is the author of Women’s Stories of the Looking Glass: Autobiographical Reflections and Self-Representations in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, and Audre Lorde (1996) and Migration – Miscegenation – Transculturation: Writing Multicultural America into the Twentieth Century (2004) and co-editor of (Trans)Formations of Cultural Identity in the English-Speaking World (1998), Frauen auf der Spur: Kriminalautorinnen aus Deutschland, Großbritannien und den USA (2001), Sites of Ethnicity: Europe and the Americas (2004), and Asian American Studies in Europe (2006). Her current book project focuses on the intersections of North American literature and medicine.


Miguel CabanasMiguel Cabanas

Miguel A. Cabañas is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Michigan State University. He is the author of The Cultural “Other” in Nineteenth-Century Travel Narratives: How the United States and Latin America Described Each Other (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). He has published numerous articles on travel literature, Latin American and North American literatures and cultures in journals such as Studies in Travel Literature, Ciberletras, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanófila and Taller de Letras, He is also the Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies.


M. Soledad Caballero

M. Soledad Caballero is an associate professor of English at Allegheny College. She is co-editor of Maria Graham's Journal of A Voyage to Brazil with Jennifer Hayward (Parlor Press, Fall 2010). In addition, she has published articles on British women's travel narratives about South America, including an article on Frances Calderon de la Barca and Maria Graham. She was selected to participate in an NEH seminar on Romanticism and Aesthetics in the summer of 2010, the results of which are new work on the Gothic novel and representations of race in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She is working on a project about Charlotte Dacre's novels Zofloya or the Moor and The Passions. She is also working on a project about Maria Graham and Captain Basil Hall's representations of South American military men, in particular Jose de San Martin.


Gary Totten

Gary Totten is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the English department at North Dakota State University. He has published articles on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and travel writing in African American Review, American Indian Quarterly, American Literary Realism, College Literature, Dreiser Studies, MELUS, Pedagogy, and the MLA Approaches to Teaching series. He is the editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (U of Alabama P, 2007). He is the secretary of the Edith Wharton Society, the secretary-treasurer of the International Theodore Dreiser Society, and is the current chair of the Executive Committee for the MLA Discussion Group on Travel Literature. With Donald Pizer and Stephen Brennan, he is preparing the update to Pizer's Theodore Dreiser: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1991); the updated bibliography will be published online at the University of Pennsylvania's Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image. He is currently working on a book-length project titled "Theodore Dreiser and the Narratives of Travel."


Tilar Mazzeo

Tilar Mazzeo is an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, specializing in British Romanticism and travel writing. She has published a collection of travel writing to the Middle East during the Romantic era (Travels, Explorations, and Empire: The Middle East, vol. 4, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2000), an edition of the Indian travel writing associated with the Shelley/Byron circle (Edward William's Sporting Sketches during a Short Stay in Hindustane, Romantic Circles, 2003), and articles on travel writing, emigration literature, and exploration in journals including Romanticism and European Romantic Review.

She is also the author of Plagiarism and Literary Property in the Romantic Period (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006).

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Jeanne Moskal

Jeanne Moskal

Jeanne Moskal is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Blake, Ethics, and Forgiveness (1994); the editor of Mary Shelley's travel books for the standard edition of her works, The Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley (1996), 8 vols, general editor Nora Crook; and the co-editor of Teaching British Women Writers, 1750-1900 (2005).

She was the Founding President of the International Society for Travel Writing and has won two awards for graduate-student mentoring. She edits the Keats-Shelley Journal and a book series for Parlor Press, Writing Travel. Her current research on missionaries has been funded by the Lilly Foundation and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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