Executive Committee


Adam Bradford
Director, Comparative Studies Program
Associate Professor
Department of English

Adam Bradford received his PhD from the University of Iowa and teaches courses in early American literature. He has published several scholarly articles and a monograph: Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe and the American Culture of Mourning (University of Missouri Press, 2014). This book investigates the social rituals and practices of mourning that influenced literary production in 19th century America — rituals and practices that also bind the sentimental poetry of women writers such as Lydia Sigourney and Harriet Gould to that of Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe. He is currently researching a project that focuses on Walt Whitman’s influence on late 19th century Irish literature.


Alan Berger
Endowed Chair
Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies
Jewish Studies

Among Dr. Alan Berger's books are Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction (1985), Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust (1997) and Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity and Islam Respond to 9/11 (2012). Among the numerous books he has edited or coedited are Judaism in the Modern World (1994), Second-Generation Voices: Reflections by Children of Holocaust Survivors and Perpetrators (2001) (winner of the 2002 B'nai Zion National Media Award), Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature (Book List Best Reference Book of 2002 and Outstanding Reference Source of the ALA), The Continuing Agony: From the Carmelite Convent to the Crosses at Auschwitz (2004), Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representation in the Postmodern World (2004), Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock (2008), Encyclopedia of Jewish American Literature (2009) and Studies in American Jewish Literature V31.2: Festschrift in Honor of Daniel Walden (2012). He has lectured on the Holocaust; Jewish American literature; theology; and Christian/Jewish relations throughout America and in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Israel. His classroom lecture on Art Spiegelman's MAUS was shown on C-Span in January 2014. Dr. Berger edits the series "Studies in Genocide: Religion, History, and Human Rights" for Rowman and Littlefield. He is on the Reader's Committee for the Elie Wiesel's Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. Dr. Berger was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa from Luther College.


Susan Love Brown
Department of Anthropology

Dr. Susan Brown's published books include Meeting Anthropology Phase to Phase (2000). She is also the editor of Intentional Community: An Anthropological Perspective (2001). Dr. Brown has also published many book chapters and articles in scholarly journals such as Studies in the Humanities, Americana,Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Journal of Caribbean Studies,Communal Societies and Critical Review. Dr. Brown was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award at the Communal Studies Association Conference in Pennsylvania. This award honors people who have contributed greatly to the scholarly study of communal societies, both past and present, concentrating on those in the United States. She served as the Director of the Ph.D. program from 2006 to 2008.


Sika Dagbovie-Mullins
Associate Professor Department of English
561-297-3830 sdagbovi@fau.edu

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She teaches African American literature, twentieth century American literature, and literature of the African Diaspora. Dagbovie-Mullins's book, Crossing B(l)ack: Mixed Race Identity in Modern American Fiction and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2013), challenges conventional claims about biracial identification by analyzing assertions of a black-centered mixed race identity that do not divorce a premodern racial identity from a postmodern racial fluidity. Her articles have appeared in journals such as African American Review,The Journal of Popular Culture, and The Mississippi Quarterly.


Anthony Guneratne
Associate Professor
School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

Dr. Anthony Guneratne researches the role that film, literature and other artistic media play in cultural interactions, as well as the interrelations of written and spoken language, images and music. His publications include a book, Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity (2008) and the edited anthologies Rethinking Third Cinema (2003) and Shakespeare and Genre: From Early Modern Inheritances to Postmodern Legacies (2012), as well as articles and book chapters on the literature and films of postcoloniality and about contemporary interpretations of history and of Renaissance culture. He is a filmmaker and concert recitalist (baritone), as well as an organizer of exhibitions and film retrospectives.


Taylor Hagood
Associate Professor
Department of English

Dr. Taylor Hagood teaches American literature, with specialization in the writing of William Faulkner, African American literature, and the literature and culture of the United States South. His scholarship examines literary and cultural production with an approach informed by postcolonial theory, theorizing of social interaction via secrecy as a cultural item, and disability studies. He has written Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth (2008); Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers (2010); and Faulkner: Writer of Disability (2015). He also edited the recently published Critical Insights:The Sound and the Fury (2014). Additionally, he has published articles and reviews in numerous journals, including African American Review, College Literature, European Journal of American Culture, Faulkner Journal, Literature Compass, Southern Literary Journal, Studies in Popular Culture, and Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. After receiving a Fulbright fellowship to Germany in 2012, Dr. Hagood was selected to serve as a research ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for 2013-14. DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.


Frédéric Conrod
Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature

Dr. Frédéric Conrod's area of expertise is the correspondence between the Spanish Golden Age and the French Enlightenment. He is the author of Loyola's Greater Narrative: The Architecture of the Spiritual Exercises in Golden Age and Enlightenment Literature (2008) and the novel El hijo de Hernández (2012), which was adapted into a film that was released in January 2013. He also edited Beyond Hate: Representations of the Parisian Banlieue in Recent French Film and Literature (2012). Dr. Conrod is the director of the "Madrid Creacción" Study Abroad Program.


Michael J. Horswell
Dean and Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature

Dr. Michael J. Horswell specializes in Latin American colonial and post-colonial literature and studies and gender and sexuality studies. He is the author of the book Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture(2005) and the co-editor of Submerged/Sumergido: Cuban Alternative Cinema (2013) . He has published articles and book chapters on Latin American literature and film and is working on a new book project tentatively titled Desiring Pizarros: Colonial, National and Transnational Appropriations of the Conquistador in Spain and Latin America.


Karen Leader
Associate Professor
Department of Visual Arts and Art History

Dr. Karen J. Leader's recent and forthcoming publications include "CAA Advocacy: The Nexus of Art and Politics" in The Eye, The Hand, The Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association (2010); "Issues of Gender in Courbet's Studio" in Actes du colloque Courbet, Musée d'Orsay (2010); "Connaisseuses and Cocottes: Women at the Salon in French Caricature" in Women in Public Space in the Nineteenth Century (2014); and "Occupy Your Body: 21st-Century Tattoo Culture" (2014). Her current book project is Aesthetics of Laughter: Caricature and Art in Nineteenth-Century France. She has also curated several exhibitions and contributed essays to various exhibition catalogs. Most recently she curated the innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, "Stories on the Skin: Tattoo Culture at FAU," which included exhibitions, performances and lectures, as well as a documentary film that she produced.


Ilaria Serra
Associate Professor
Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

Ilaria Serra was born in Venice, Italy. She is an Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies. She earned her Ph.D. at Florida Atlantic University. Her research covers Italian cinema, Italian literature, Italian song and the history of Italian immigration to the United States. She also leads the FAU Study Abroad Program in Venice, Italy, where she also teaches the course "Venice and Its Reflections".


William Trapani
Associate Professor
School of Communication and Media Studies

Bill Trapani's research and teaching are informed by rhetorical theory and criticism and critical/cultural studies. His principal areas of scholarly interest include the rhetoric of visual culture, national identity and citizenship studies, and the theorization of contemporary protest and social activism. His work primarily explores the rhetorical construction and consequence of varying figurations of the American national character. Trapani's current manuscript is an examination of the discourse surrounding inter-Native American identity disputes, which has been used to thwart minority enfranchisement and the lofty goals of multiculturalism. His most recent essay is included in Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics , an edited volume theorizing the force of rhetoric in contemporary life.