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Charles Batson Union College
Charles R. Batson is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Union College, Schenectady, NY, where he also won the Stillman Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of Dance, Desire, and Anxiety in Early Twentieth-Century French Theatre (Ashgate, 2005), co-editor of journal issues devoted to a Queer Québec appearing in Québec Studies and Contemporary French Civilization, and co-editor of a 2012 special double issue of Contemporary French Studies on the legacy of Lawrence R. Schehr. A member of Montreal’s Working Group on Circus Research, he has published work on French and Francophone cultural production and performance in such journals as SITES, Québec Studies, Gradiva, Dance Chronicle, Nottingham French Studies, Contemporary French Studies, and French Politics, Culture, and Society. He co-edited with Louis Patrick Leroux a compendium of essays on Québec’s contemporary circus called Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016), and he is co-convening a series of research encounters in the new field of inquiry they are calling Circus and Its Others.
Sam Fisher University of South Alabama
Samuel H. Fisher III is an associate professor of political science at the University of South Alabama. He has served as President (2015-2017) and Treasurer (1999-2015) of the American Council for Québec Studies and President of the Southwestern Social Science Association (2016-2017). His published research is primarily on US public opinion, Congress, and Southern Politics.
Susan Pinette University of Maine
Susan Pinette is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of Franco American Programs at the University of Maine. She received her doctorate in French at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines contemporary Franco American literature, where she shows its significance to the broader arenas of North American Francophone communities and American studies. She has published on Lahontan, Diderot, and Kerouac and is currently working on a book-lenght manuscript on Franco American fiction. In her work as Director, she has developed various curricula for Franco American Studies, received state and federal funding grants, and has served as a liaison between the academic community and the public.
Mark Richard SUNY Plattsburgh
Mark P. Richard is Professor of History and Canadian Studies at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He has been a member of the ACQS since 1998 and a member of the editorial board of its journal, Québec Studies, since 2005. He has served the ACQS as Vice President (2012-2013), Secretary (2014-2015), and Treasurer (2016-present.)
Katharine Harrington Plymouth State University
Dr. Katharine Harrington is Associate Professor of French at Plymouth State University where she has taught since 2010. Previously, she had taught at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. She teaches a wide-range of courses in the language, culture, literature, and film of the French-speaking world. Her research interests include contemporary French and Francophone literature, French and Québécois film, Francophone communities of New England, and innovative approaches to language teaching. She is the author of Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature. She is co-founder of the Bienvenue au New Hampshire initiative that works to develop visibility for French in New Hampshire by celebrating the Franco-American heritage of the state and in assisting local businesses and tourist attractions with French language services to help attract and welcome Québécois visitors to the region.
Amy J. Ransom Central Michigan University
Amy J. Ransom is professor of French at Central Michigan University, where she teaches all levels of French language and literature, French film, and Quebec studies courses. She received her PhD in French literature from the University of Minnesota, publishing her revised dissertation as The Feminine as Fantastic in the conte fantastique: Visions of the Other (1995). She retrained as a Québec specialist in the early 2000s, and has published two dozen articles and two books on Quebec popular culture, science-fiction and fantasy literatures in particular. Science Fiction from Québec: A Postcolonial Study (2009) was both the first monograph on “SFQ” and an early application of postcolonial theory to science fiction. Hockey PQ: Canada’s Game in Quebec’s Popular Culture (2014) examines representations of ice hockey in popular fiction, music, film, and television. Her current book project,Quebec Film in the New Millennium: Memory, Territory, Identity, is underway.
Leslie Choquette Assumption College
Leslie Choquette is Professor of History, Côté Professor of French Studies, and Director of the French Institute at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the author of Frenchmen into Peasants: Modernity and Tradition in the Peopling of French Canada (Harvard University Press, 1997), which won the Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize in French colonial history. She has also written many articles about the French presence throughout North America. In 2012, she received Le Prix du Québec from the Québec Government for her contribution to the field of Québec Studies, and in 2016, she was inaugurated into the American French Genealogical Society’s French Canadian Hall of Fame in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.