D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

header photo

Officers, Financial Reports, ByLaws & Voting Information

Current Officers

Nanette Norris (Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec), President
Joyce Wexler (Loyola University, Chicago), Past President
Adam Parkes (University of Georgia), President Elect
Tonya Krouse (Northern Kentucky University), Secretary & Directory Editor
Julianne Newmark (University of New Mexico), Listserv Moderator & Archivist/Social Media
Andrew Keese (Texas Tech University) Treasurer
Tina Ferris (Diamond Bar, CA), Webmaster
Marco Canani (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), Assistant Webmaster
Erin K. Johns Speese (Duquesne University), Newsletter Editor

See Bios and Job Descriptions


Members of the Executive Committee

Elected 2019-2020
Ria Banerjee (Guttman Community College, CUNY)
Paul Poplawski
Lee Jenkins (University College Cork)

Elected 2018-2019
Carrie Rohman (Lafayette College)
Joseph Shafer (University of Warwick)
Helen Wussow (The New School of New York)

Susan Reid

See Bios and Job Descriptions


International Conference Executive Directors

Director of the 14th International Lawrence Conference (London, England in 2017)
Catherine Brown

Co-Directors of the 13th International Lawrence Conference (Gargnano, Italy in 2014)
Paul Poplawski, Simonetta de Filippis and Stefania Michelucci, Co-Executive Directors
Jill Franks, Academic Director

Co-Directors of the 12th International Lawrence Conference (Sydney, Australia in 2011)
Nancy Paxton and David Game 


Society Contact:

Nanette Norris, President
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Saint Jean sur Richelieu, Québec, Canada, JRB 8R8


DHLSNA Business Reports

Yearly Financial ReportsMLA/DHLSNA Business Meeting Minutes
 2019 Business Meeting Minutes
2018 Financial Report - Prepared by Nanette Norris2018 Business Meeting Minutes
2017 Financial Report - Prepared by Nanette Norris2017 Business Meeting Minutes
2016 Financial Report - Prepared by the Treasurers 2016 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Financial Report - Prepared by Matthew Leone2015 Business Meeting Minutes
2014 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2014 Business Meeting Minutes
2013 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2013 Business Meeting Minutes
2012 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2012 Business Meeting Minutes
2011 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2011 Business Meeting Minutes
2010 Financial Report - Prepared by Carrie Rohman 
Financial Report Template



By-Laws and Articles of Organization of the DHLSNA


Voting Information (2019)

Proposed By-Law Amendments



Current Officer Job Descriptions and Bios

  • Positions extend two years with the exception of the Vice President, who automatically becomes President at the end of two year's time. Some positions allow multiple terms. Nominations and short bios can be sent to the President.


Current DHLSNA Officers were elected
to the following positions:


The President is the chief executive officer of the Society and presides at all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Committee (electronic and otherwise), serves as liaison to the Modern Language Association and other professional organizations, co-chairs annual MLA sessions, represents the Society to the public and to CCILC, collaborates with the Webmaster on overall planning for (and coordinating of updates to) the Society website, and provides leadership for the Society in all of its activities.

Elected (2019-2020):

  • Nanette Norris is Associate Professor of English at Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Quebec, Canada), where she teaches undergraduate courses in twentieth-century literature to Officer-Cadets with the Canadian Armed Forces. She is the editor of Words for a Small Planet: Ecocritical Views (Lexington Books, 2013) and  Literary Modernism and World War I (Fairleigh Dickinson). She served as treasurer for CUPE Local 3913 (University of Guelph) in 2005. She is co-organizer of the upcoming 15th International D.H. Lawrence Conference in Taos, New Mexico.


Vice President (to become President on January 1, 2021)

The President-Elect, in addition to serving as requested by the President or by the Executive Committee, serves as Program Chair, issuing a call for papers and submitting timely proposals for DHLSNA annual sessions as an Allied Association of MLA.  The President-Elect shall also supply the Webmaster with time-sensitive information about upcoming MLA sessions and calls for papers.

Elected (2019-2020):

  • Adam Parkes is Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 1993.  Previously he studied at the University of Rochester (Ph.D, 1993) and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (B.A., 1988).  His publications include two books published by Oxford University Press, Modernism and the Theater of Censorship (1996), which features two chapters on Lawrence, and A Sense of Shock: The Impact of Impressionism on Modern British and Irish Writing (2011).  His current research considers representations of aristocracy in the works of various modern writers including Elizabeth Bowen, Aldous Huxley, and Lawrence.


Past President

The Past President is responsible each year for soliciting nominations and conducting elections for Society officers and other positions on the Executive Committee and shall supply the Webmaster with election information and timely calls for nominations.  The Past President may serve in additional ways  as requested by the President or by the Executive Committee.

Elected (2019-2020):

  • Joyce Wexler is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Violence Without God: The Rhetorical Dilemma of Twentieth-Century WritersWho Paid for Modernism? Art, Money, and the Fiction of Conrad, Joyce, and LawrenceLaura Riding’s Pursuit of Truth; and Laura Riding: A Bibliography. In addition to recent essays on Conrad and Eliot, her essays on D.H. Lawrence include “Violence and Laughter in Women in Love”; “Why Isn’t Lady Chatterley Beautiful?”; and “Beyond the Body in The Rainbow and One Hundred Years of Solitude.”


The Secretary keeps minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee, reports to the newsletter on the Society's panels at the Modern Language Association convention each year, and collaborates with the Webmaster to maintain both online and hardcopy archives of the activities of the history, activities, and decisions of the Executive Council and the membership.

Term:  Jan. 2018-Dec. 2019

  • Tonya Krouse is Professor of English and an Honors College Core Faculty Member at Northern Kentucky University. She recently served on the Executive Committee of the DHLSNA (2017). She is the author of The Opposite of Desire: Sex and Pleasure in the Modernist Novel, which includes chapters on Lawrence's Women in Love and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Krouse has presented her recent work on Lawrence at the 2014 International D.H. Lawrence Conference in Gargnano, Italy, and on DHLSNA-sponsored panels at the 2015 and 2017 MLA conventions. She is also co-author of Introducing English Studies, a textbook for introduction to the English major courses, under contract with Bloomsbury Press, scheduled for 2019. Finally, Krouse served as president (2009-2011) and vice president (2006-2008) of the Doris Lessing Society.


Treasurer/Directory Editor

The Treasurer maintains the financial, banking, and membership records of the Society, sends out membership dues reminders via the listserv in December, oversees the PayPal/bank account that allows for payment of dues and conference registration fees online, issues checks and deposits funds on behalf of the Society, and provides a one-page summary financial statement for the Executive Committee upon request (minimally once a year at the business meeting at MLA). The Treasurer ensures that the Society's non-profit tax-exempt status (501c) is maintained by filing a short tax return each April and supplying the Webmaster with an electronic copy of this return, along with the annual financial statement, to be posted on the Society's website.  The Treasurer shall, with Society-funded assistance if necessary, maintain and regularly back-up an accurate database of members, with the membership status of each; twice a year (January and July) the Treasurer will send a current electronic print-out of this directory to the Webmaster for posting in the members-only section of the Society’s website.

Elected (2019-2020):

  • Andrew Keese is an instructor at Texas Tech University. He has written two book chapters on Lawrence, including “Hybridity and the Postcolonial Solution in D. H. Lawrence’s The Plumed Serpent,” which appeared in D. H. Lawrence: New Theoretical Perspectives and Cultural Translation in 2016, and “Engineering Away Humanity: Lawrence on Technology and Mental Consciousness in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Pansies,” which will appear in D. H. Lawrence and Technology in 2019. He also wrote “Pansies: Lawrence’s Search for the Animal Other in Humans” that was published in D. H. Lawrence Studies in 2012. For the past three years, Keese has written annual reviews on new Lawrence scholarship for Year’s Work in English Studies and has also written reviews for the Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies and D. H. Lawrence Review. He has also served as an academic advisor for an entry on Mabel Dodge Luhan that appeared in a volume of Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.


Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor is responsible for collecting information and then publishing and distributing a newsletter to all members of the Society at least two times a year.  The newsletter will be distributed electronically via email to members thus reducing waste and Society expense.  Starting in 2011, Society members who require a hardcopy of the newsletter will need to pay a small surcharge for postage and printing.  After one year of publication, each newsletter will be added online to the continuous archive of past newsletters. The Newsletter Editor shall maintain past and current issues of the Newsletter online and notify the Webmaster when new issues have been posted.

Elected (2019-2020):

  • Erin K. Johns Speese is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor at Duquesne University where she mostly teaches courses in composition and rhetoric.  She is the author of Gender and the Intersubjective Sublime in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf and is currently working on her second book, Writing the Body Invisible: Feminism, Fashion, Embodiment, and Public Intellectuals.  She has previously served as an Executive Committee Member and Secretary of the DHLSNA.



The Webmaster maintains the Society’s webpages under the direction of the President.  The Webmaster will ensure that the domain name “” or “” is renewed when necessary and will maintain and update the DHLSNA website as needed including the following: bios of current officers/Executive Committee; a roster of current members; nomination and election announcements; online forms for membership dues payment; organizational  information required by the IRS (such as current by-laws, an approved application for tax-exempt status, the annual tax return, and the most recent financial report); history pages; calls for papers on Lawrence, as well as information on upcoming Lawrence sessions at MLA and Lawrence conferences; award pages; an online, password-protected directory of current Society members (to be supplied twice yearly by the Treasurer, but cross-checked by the Webmaster against the online roster); the two most recent Society newsletters and links to the public Society newsletter archive; and a memorial list of past members, as well as such other links/pages of interest to Lawrence scholars as the Society may deem useful. The Webmaster depends on other Society officers to keep the website current and accurate.
Elected (2010-2020):​ 
  • Tina Ferris, who currently lives in Southern California, earned a data processing certificate from Canal Zone College, Panama, CZ, and an English degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (1983).  She is co-moderator of the Rananim Society email discussion listserve since 1997, and webmaster for the D.H. Lawrence Review.  She is coauthor, with Dr. Virginia Hyde (WSU), of the successful National Historic Register nomination for the D.H. Lawrence Ranch near Taos, NM (1998-2004). In 2005 she presented a paper titled "D.H. Lawrence and the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration" at the 10th International Lawrence Conference (Santa Fe, NM), which was later published in the James Caird Society Journal (No. 3, 2007). A longer version of this essay, "White Wonderful Demons," was also published in "Terra Incognita":  D.H. Lawrence at the Frontiers (2010).  Other publications include two poems in the DHLR and several in the DHLSNA Newsletter.  She designed and became webmaster of the DHLSNA website in 2010 and assisted with both the 2011 Australia and 2014 Gargnano International Lawrence Conference e-registrations and website information.


Assistant Webmaster (New position, beginning 2017-18): 

Elected (2017-2020):

  • Marco Canani is a Post-doctoral research fellow at Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, where he is currently working on the Italian reception of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley. He received his PhD in 2015 with the dissertation “Vernon Lee and the Italian Renaissance: Plasticity, Gender, Genre.” In 2014, he discussed part of his doctoral research at the 13th International D.H. Lawrence conference in Gargnano, presenting a paper on Vernon Lee’s concept of the "genius loci" and D. H. Lawrence’s Twilight in Italy. As a graduate fellow, he helped organize the conference and was responsible for the Italian website. He is the author of the book Ellenismi britannici. L’ellenismo nella poesia, nelle arti e nella cultura britannica dagli augustei al Romanticismo (2014), and has written essays and articles on John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Vernon Lee, Virginia Woolf, and A. J. Cronin.


Newsletter Archivist/Social Media & Listserv Moderator 

The Society Archivist maintains the online Archive of past newsletters, posting each newsletter to the archive when it is one year old and the relevant subsequent newsletter (the Fall or Spring issue) has been distributed to members electronically.  The Archivist will notify the Webmaster as soon as each issue is posted so members can be alerted to new additions to the online archive.  If users of the archive encounter problems (a missing page or issue, pages posted upside-down, mislabeled items, difficulty opening a file), they should email the Society Archivist directly for assistance. The Listserv Moderator will oversee the Society’s listserv, collaborating with the Treasurer/Directory Editor to maintain the current and accurate email list of members necessary for electronic elections and for newsletter distribution.  The Listserv Moderator will also guarantee that the incoming, outgoing, and current President of the DHLSNA will have full posting rights to the listserv; will consult with the President about any posts being approved; will discard spam posts from non-members; and will consult with the current President about any changes to automatic messages sent out from the listserv to new, renewing, or non-renewing members.

Elected (2013-2020):

  • Julianne Newmark teaches at the University of New Mexico and has been an Officer of the DHLSNA since 2005. She has written many articles and book chapters focussing on D. H. Lawrence's New Mexico and Mexico writings. Her second book project, "Reports of Agency: Retrieving Indigenous Professional Communication in Dawes Era Indian Bureau Documents,” is underway. Her 2015 book The Pluralist Imagination from East to West in American Literature was published by University of Nebraska Press and featured a chapter of Lawrence and Willa Cather. Newmark is also the Editor-in-Chief of Xchanges, a Writing Studies ejournal.


Executive Committee Members  


  • Ria Banerjee (2019-2020) is an Assistant Professor of English at Guttman Community College, CUNY. Her scholarly interests are in British and European modernism and post-World War II film. She has previously published on D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, and is currently at work on a monograph on spatiality in interwar British novels. She teaches undergraduate courses in developmental writing and literature, and graduate film courses with the Film Studies Certificate Program of the Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • Paul Eggert (2017-2018; 2019-2020) is an editor of Lawrence and a theorist of the editorial act. In his recent criticism of Lawrence he takes a book-historical orientation.  He read for his PhD in the then-Lawrentian hothouse, the University of Kent at Canterbury (1981), subsequently editing The Boy in the Bush (1990) and Twilight in Italy (1994) for the Cambridge Works series. Much later came his co-editing of Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes in Cambridge’s counterpart series (2013), after having spent much of the 1990s and early 2000s in general editing the Academy Editions of Australian Literature. His latest work is Biography of a Book: Henry Lawson’s ‘While the Billy Boils’ (2013).  He has published many book-chapters and articles on Lawrence over the years; the principal arguments are brought together in his monograph Securing the Past (2009). He also co-edited with John Worthen the collection Lawrence and Comedy in 1996. In 2015 he took up the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies at Loyola University Chicago, following thirty years at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He is a corresponding fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.  
  • Lee Jenkins (2017-2018; 2019-2020) is Professor of English at University College Cork. She is the author of Wallace Stevens: Rage for Order (Sussex Academic Press, 1999), The Language of Caribbean Poetry (UP Florida, 2004), and The American Lawrence (UP Florida, 2015). With Alex Davis, she is the editor of three Cambridge University Press collections, Locations of Literary Modernism (2000), The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry (2007), and A History of Modernist Poetry (2015). Lee Jenkins completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1991 and has taught at University College Cork, in Ireland, since 1994. An associate editor of The D.H. Lawrence Review, her research interests are in Lawrence, modernist poetry, the literature of the Americas, and transatlantic / transnational modernisms.
  • Carrie Rohman (2018-2019) is Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College and works in animal studies, modernism, posthumanism and performance. She is the author of Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal (Columbia 2009) and the forthcoming monograph Choreographies of the Living: Bioaesthetics in Literature, Art, and Performance (Oxford 2018).
  • Joseph Shafer (2018-2019) received his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, where he currently teaches and specializes in D.H. Lawrence, 20th-century American literature, American poetry, transatlanticism, and critical theory. He was a Ph.D. Fellow for the 13th & 14th International Conference on DHL, has published in JDHLSD.H. Lawrence ReviewÉtudes Lawrenciennes, among other journals, and is the online editor for JDHLS. 
  • Helen Wussow (2018-2019) will begin a new position as Senior Vice President and Dean of the Open Campus at The New School of New York, where she will also serve as an Associate Professor, beginning in March 2018. She is author of The Nightmare of History: The Fictions of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence (Bethlehem: Lehigh UP, 1998). She has also been an active member of the International Virginia Woolf Society and served as the main organizer for their conference in Vancouver in 2013.