“It is my honor to serve the MLA as its first vice president of East Asian descent. These pandemic years—with their resurgence of anti-Asian hate, their demands on all of us who care for family members, their suspension of normal schooling—have made clear how scholars and teachers are not disembodied brains but people with other human ties and obligations. I regard these challenges not simply as hurdles but as themselves spurs to critical thinking and imagination.”
— MLA Second Vice President Tina Lu
In December 2022, members elected Tina Lu to the position of second vice president. Lu’s term as second vice president will run through January 2024, and she will become president in January 2025. “Along with her exceptional scholarship, Tina Lu brings impressive leadership experience to the position and a commitment to expanding participation in the humanities,” said MLA Executive Director Paula Krebs. “We are delighted to welcome Professor Lu as the MLA’s second vice president.” David Damrosch (Harvard University), Stacey Lee Donohue (Central Oregon Community College), and Virginia Ramos (University of San Francisco) were elected to at-large seats on the Executive Council for four-year terms. For the full results of the 2022 MLA elections, visit the Elections Results page.
Lu is the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the head of Pauli Murray College at Yale University, where she has taught since 2008. Prior to arriving at Yale, Lu spent ten years as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University.
Lu is a scholar of Chinese literature, focusing particularly on the late imperial period, from around 1550 to around 1750. She is the author of Persons, Roles, and Minds: Identity in Peony Pavilion and Peach Blossom Fan (2001) and Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism, and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (2009). Lu is also a coeditor of Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone (2012), part of the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. She served on the forum executive committee for LLC Ming and Qing Chinese from 2016 until 2018.
The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit bibliographic and indexing information for citations in the bibliography. Open to all MLA members, including graduate students, the 2023 fellowships will run from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2026.
Field bibliographers perform a valuable service for the profession and receive institutional recognition while deepening their knowledge of the field as well as their research skills. The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate at the convention awards ceremony.
For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships page. Applications are due 15 March 2023.
The volume Teaching the American Essay, edited by Stephanie Redekop, is now in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. To learn more about the volume and how to propose an essay, please visit the MLA website. Please send abstracts and CVs to the editor by 15 February 2023.
The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2022 Fellowship Award recipients:
- Virginia M. Adán-Lifante, full teaching professor, world languages coordinator, and chair of the department of literatures, languages, and cultures, University of California, Merced
- Allison Bernard, adjunct professor, Columbia University; visiting assistant professor, Wesleyan University
- Aedín Clements, Irish studies librarian, University of Notre Dame
- Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, head, humanities and social sciences department, and librarian for literature, Duke University
- Britt McGowan, university librarian, University of West Florida
The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2019 to 2022, will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $500 during the 2023 MLA Awards Ceremony, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 6 January, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Salon 7). We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for their service to the MLA International Bibliography!
Congratulations to Wai Chee Dimock, who will receive the Association of Departments of English’s Francis Andrew March Award, to Ofelia García, who will receive the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, and to Dennis Looney, who will receive the ADFL Special Recognition for Outstanding Advocacy Work. Dimock is the William Lampson Professor Emerita of American Studies and English at Yale University. She has served as editor of PMLA and advised a multitude of influential cultural and scholarly organizations. García is professor emerita of urban education and of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino cultures at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her research, pedagogy, and activism have motivated generations of language scholars and inspired transformative teaching practices. Looney has long been an ardent advocate for the teaching of world languages and literatures, as a professor of Italian studies at the University of Pittsburgh and as the MLA’s former director of programs and the ADFL. The awards will be presented during the MLA Awards Ceremony, which will take place on 6 January.
Wai Chee Dimock, Ofelia García, and Dennis Looney
The Modern Language Association congratulates the three MLA members who were named 2022 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to literature and language studies.
- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
- Fred Moten, New York University
- Sianne Ngai, University of Chicago
The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Colson Whitehead, edited by Stephanie Li, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught Colson Whitehead’s works are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of the survey.
The MLA mourns the passing of Malcolm Smith, MLA trustee from 1988 to 2018 and an indispensable adviser to the organization’s staff for decades. Smith advised on the endowment and general financial matters and was praised for being a steady presence in hard times and an ambassador for the MLA at the many New York City institutions he helped to govern. Malcolm Smith attended Boston Latin School, graduated Dartmouth College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MA in economics from Harvard in 1948. He chose to forego an academic career in favor of joining the staff of General American Investors Company in 1948, and he spent his entire business career there, becoming president in 1959. In addition to serving as a trustee of the MLA, he was a trustee for The New School, Human Rights Watch, the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and many others. Smith and his wife, Betty, enjoyed international travel with an art history focus. They travelled the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, often with their family. Smith died on 16 August 2022 at age 99 and is survived by his wife of 74 years, his children, and his grandchildren.
The volume Teaching Energy Humanities, edited by Debby Rosenthal and Jason Molesky, is now in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. To learn more about the volume and how to propose an essay, please visit the MLA website. Please send abstracts and CVs to the editors by 31 October 2022.
The Modern Language Association congratulates the 2022 MLA Bibliography fellows who will serve from 2022 to 2025. The MLA International Bibliography staff members work with approximately one hundred field bibliographers, from all parts of the world, who cover subject areas, journals, and languages that cannot be indexed in the New York office. Each spring, five to ten fellowships are awarded to field bibliographers who, on completion of their fellowships, receive a stipend of $500 and a certificate during the awards ceremony at the MLA convention. For more information on bibliography fellowships, please visit the MLA website or contact Chriselle Tidrick at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the following:
- Amel Abbady, assistant professor of English, South Valley University, Egypt
- Kiyono Fujinaga-Gordon, independent scholar
- Grace Catherine Greiner, postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, University of Texas, Austin
- Yuemin He, professor of English, Northern Virginia Community College
- Kristene K. McClure, associate professor of English, Georgia Gwinnett College
- Shabana Sayeed, PhD candidate, Georgia State University
- Ron E. Scrogham, associate librarian, University of Dallas
- Daria Solodkaya, independent scholar
- Harismita Vaideswaran, MPhil graduate student, University of Delhi
- Shu Wan, PhD student in history, University at Buffalo, State University of New York