SFWG Members

Badredine Arfi is Professor in the Department of Political Science. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as International Philosophy and Social Criticism,  European Journal of Social Theory, International Studies QuarterlyMillennium: Journal of International StudiesInternational Political SociologySecurity StudiesPolitical AnalysisJournal of Conflict ResolutionRationality and SocietyDemocratizationPhysical Review LettersPhysical Review B, and Physica A. He is the author of International Change and the Stability of Multi-ethnic States (2005), Linguistic Fuzzy Logic Methods in Social Sciences (2010), and Re-Thinking International Relations Theory via Deconstruction (2012).

Samantha Baugas is a PhD student in the Department of English. Her areas of research include imperialism in Australia and New Zealand, institutionalized power structures in fantasy novels, the representations of place and environment in science fiction, and the intersection of gender and sexuality with all of these

Melissa Bianchi is a PhD student in the Department of English. Her areas of research include animal studies, digital media studies, cultural studies, and ecocriticsm, with articles appearing in Green Letters (2014) and Computer Games and Technical Communication (2014). Her forthcoming dissertation argues for critical engagement with the representation and simulation of human-animal relations in video games.

Chesya Burke is a PhD student in the Department of English. Her research interest include Black Women speculative fiction writers, Afrofuturism, Black feminism, cultural studies, and genre studies. Burke has written and published nearly a hundred fiction pieces and articles within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, noir and horror, and her 2011 story collection, Let’s Play White, is being taught in universities around the country. In addition, Burke’s novel, The Strange Crimes of Little Africa, debuts later this fall, and her comic, Shiv, is scheduled to debut in summer of 2016. Burke is also the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Charis Books and More, one of the oldest feminist book stores in the country.

Jason Crider is a PhD student in the Department of English. His research and teaching are focused on the intersection of rhetoric, writing, and digital media studies. His scholarly interests include posthumanism, media ecology, and digital materialism. He has recently given presentations arguing for critical approaches to augmented reality and digital humanities scholarship

Sid Dobrin is Department Chair and Research Foundation Professor in the Department of English. He has written or edited more than 18 books about writing, ecology, technology, and posthumanism.

Shaun Duke is a PhD candidate in the Department of English studying science fiction, postcolonialism, and Caribbean literature. His work has appeared in CrimeThink, Extrapolation, Science Fiction Film and Television and Strange Horizons. In his free time, he hosts the Hugo Award-nominated podcast The Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Jonathan Edelmann is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. He is a section editor for the International Journal of Hindu Studies, and was an American Academy of Religion Luce Fellow in Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism. His book, Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory (2013) won a John Templeton Foundation Award and the Dharma Academy of North America’s Book Prize. He assists in the University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra).

Jaquelin Elliott is a PhD student in the Department of English. She is currently sub-concentrating in Victorian Studies and Children’s Literature and has forthcoming conference presentations at the Children’s Literature Association, the International Gothic Association, and the South Central MLA. Her academic interests include horror, the Gothic, cultural studies, fan studies, queer theory, and spending far too much time talking about monsters.

Tiffany Esteban is Public Services Facilitator at the Marston Science Library. She researches and works in multicultural information services, socially responsible metadata, and digital libraries/portals. Her literary interests include the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Japanese magical realism, and science fiction.

Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of Visual Rhetoric at the University of Florida. She is at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. In addition to the book, she will develop an affiliated digital project on the Manifold Scholarship online platform. Her published work can be found in journals like WSQ, Archive Journal, andAustralian Feminist Studiesand in collections like The Ages of the X-Men (2014) and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives(2016).

Madeline B. Gangnes is a PhD student in the Department of English. She received her Master of Letters in Comics Studies from the University of Dundee in 2014 with a focus on the relationship between comics and other image-texts and Ninteenth-Century British literature, particularly Victorian Science Fiction and visual depictions of monstrosity and otherness. Her research interests include comics and manga, Victorian visual culture and periodicals, adaptation and translation, new media, and climate fiction.

M. Elizabeth Ginway is co-founder of the SFWG and Associate Professor of Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She is author of Brazilian Science Fiction: Cultural Myths and Nationhood in the Land of the Future (2004), and co-editor with J. Andrew Brown of Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice (2012). Her field of research examines science fiction as a social and political barometer for technology and change in Latin America, especially Brazil. She has published articles in Hispania, Foundation, Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies, Femspec, Revista Iberoamericana, Luso-Brazilian Review, Brasil/Brazil and Modern Language Studies in addition to contributed chapters in several anthologies on science fiction criticism.

Sara Gonzalez is Physical Sciences & Mathematics Librarian at the Marston Science Library. She manages a reading collection of science fiction, located on the Library’s 3rd floor, and welcomes all donations and recommendations for purchase.

Gabriela B. Grecca is a PhD student in Literary Studies at São Paulo State University-Araraquara, and a visiting researcher at the University of Florida (2018/2019). Her thesis concentrates on Anglophone and Brazilian dystopias, with a particular interest in ways that canonical and contemporary dystopian fiction deal with the status of arts and culture in their imaginary societies. Her research interests include literature and society, dystopias in English/Portuguese language and Lacanian Materialism, which was the theme of her Master’s thesis.

Terry Harpold is co-founder of the SFWG and Associate Professor in the Department of English. His sf-related scholarship has appeared in journals such as Bulletin de la Société Jules Verne, GalaxiesImageTexTIRIS, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Revue Jules Verne, Science Fiction Studies, and Verniana; and in edited collections such as The Cambridge History of Science Fiction (2018), Ecrire le Lieu, fictionnaliser l’espace (2018), and Los viajes extraordinarios de Jules Verne (2018). With Daniel Compère and Volker Dehs, he is co-editor of Collectionner l’Extraordinaire, sonder l’Ailleurs. Essais sur Jules Verne en l’honneur de Jean-Michel Margot (2015). He is the founder and Jury Chair of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts’ annual Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic, and Director of IAFA’s annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for scholarship in the fantastic published in a language other than English. He is the founder of UF’s Imagining Climate Change initiative.

Tace Hedrick is Professor in the Department of English and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Her essays on transnational Latino/a and Latin American intellectual history, and queerness and esotericism in U.S. Latino/a and Latin American writers have appeared in journals such as Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, The Translator, Latin American Literary Review, and The Luso-Brazilian Review, as well as in collections such as Footnotes: On Shoes and The Returning Gaze: Primitivism and Identity in Latin America. She is the author of Mestizo Modernisms: Race, Nation, and Identity in Latin American Culture, 1900–1940 (2003).

Michelle R. Heeg is a recent graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies with focuses on feminist science fiction and the participation of women in geek communities. Her research areas include feminist analysis of science fiction literature and media, cultural studies, fan studies, and gender in contemporary video games. Her conference presentations have focused on ambiguous feminism in Battlestar Galactica (2004 series), rethinking the apocalypse, cyborg identities, agency and resistance in role-playing video games, and feminist discourse in geek communities.

Emily Hind is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She has published interviews with Mexican science fiction writer BEF (Bernardo Fernández), and other Mexican novelists influenced by science fiction and fantasy, such as Karen Chacek, Alberto Chimal, and Bernardo Esquinca. These authors were born in the 1970s and can be found in Hind’s book of interviews, La generación XXX. De Abenshushan a Xoconostle (2013). Other Mexican writers whose work flirts with science fiction, such as Carmen Boullosa and Mario Bellatin, also appear among Hind’s published interviews (see her website for bibliography). Hind’s favorite Mexican science fiction film is Sleep Dealer (El traficante de sueños) and her favorite Mexican science fiction novel is probably Gel azul by BEF. She recommends the anthology edited by BEF, Los viajeros: 25 años de ciencia ficción mexicana as an introduction to contemporary Mexican sci-fi short stories.

Patricia Tavares Infantino is originally from Rio de Janeiro. After completing her undergraduate degree in literature in Brazil, she pursued a Masters degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently a PhD candidate in UF’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at University of Florida, with research interests in the intersection of science fiction and the crime novel in Latin America.

Walter S. Judd is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology, and holds an affiliate appointment in the Florida Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on the systematics and evolution of the flowering plants. He has published over 230 professional articles and has described numerous new species of plants. He is a co-author of the widely adopted introductory textbook Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach and Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium, both published by Oxford University Press

Konstantinos Kapparis is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Greek Studies in the Department of Classics. His research interests include the Attic Orators, Ancient Greek Social and Cultural History, and Ancient Medical Literature. He is the author of four books (the latest one co-authored with Andrew Wolpert), has contributed to several volumes and collections, and has also published extensively in international journals. He views Greek literature, history and culture, from antiquity to the present day, as one undivided continuum, and this perception of the Greek world is often reflected in his research and teaching.

Dragan Kujundzic is Professor of Jewish, Germanic and Slavic Studies in the Center for Jewish Studies. He is is the author of over one hundred and twenty articles in critical theory, deconstruction and literary criticism, published in fifteen countries and translated in eight languages, and has edited over twenty special journal issues, article clusters and volumes. His other publications include the monographs Critical Exercises (1983), The Returns of History (1997), Tongue in Heat (2003), and Out of Interculturality (2016).

Mark Law is the Director of UF’s Honors Program and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Despite being a lifelong musical theatre buff and a decent baritone, he ended up as an engineer. In part he took this path because of this incredible TV show Star Trek, in which logic, engineering, and science played a huge role in the plot.  He vividly remembers older friends at a High School Science Fiction club introducing him to Clarke, Tolkien, Asimov, and Herbert and the impact of their books.

Corinne Matthews is a PhD student in the Department of English. Her research interests include depictions of sexuality, contraception, and consent in young adult fantasy; Polish children’s literature; and postcolonial theory. She is currently the Coordinator for UF’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.

Rebecca McNulty is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, studying science fiction, disaster stories, and the artist. She has presented her research in these areas at multiple conferences, including the Children’s Literature Association, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the International James Joyce Conference.

Mitch R. Murray is a PhD student in the Department of English. His research interests include disciplinarity and turns to affect and aesthetics in the humanities, cultural studies, utopian studies, and intersections of genre and the “literary” in contemporary fiction. He is the current President of the Marxist Reading Group.

Jennifer A. Rea is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics. Her work researches the intersections between the Roman author Vergil and modern science fiction and fantasy. In particular, she is interested in looking at the enduring question of whether or not violence can solve humanity’s problems. In addition to publishing the monograph Legendary Rome (2007) and articles on Vergil, Petronius and pedagogy, she recently received a contract from Oxford University Press to write a graphic history of St. Perpetua’s life, Perpetua’s Journey, and she is also currently working on a book-length manuscript titled, “Empire without End: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Vergil’s Aeneid.”

A. Whitney Sanford is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion. She teaches and researches in two main areas: Religion and Nature and Religions of Asia, and her current work lies at the intersection of religion, food (and agriculture), and social equity. She is author of Singing Krishna: Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand’s Poetry (2008), Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture (2012), and a book manuscript “Be the Change: Food, Community, and Sustainability in America.” She frequently incorporates science fiction and dystopian literature in her courses.

Stephanie A. Smith is Professor in the Department of English. As a critic and scholar, she is the author of numerous essays on American fiction and science fiction, and Conceived By Liberty: Maternal Figures and 19th-Century American Literature (1995) and Household Words: bloomers, sucker, bombshell, scab, nigger, cyber (2006). As a novelist, she is the author of The Warpaint Trilogy, Warpaint (2012), Baby Rocket (2013) and Content Burns (2014); Other Nature (1995, short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given for sf and fantasy that expands our understanding of gender), The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away (1987) and Snow-Eyes (1985), and has won multiple fiction residencies at the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency in the Noepe Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Norcroft, Provincetown and Dorland.

Karina Vado is a PhD student in the Department of English. She received her Master of Arts from the University of Florida in Women’s Studies. Her primary areas of research include African American and Chicanx/Latinx literary and cultural studies, Latin American and U.S. minority science– and speculative fiction, feminist studies, and utopian studies.

Phillip E. Wegner  is Professor and Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar in the Department of English. In addition to nearly 50 essays on contemporary literature and film, twentieth-century culture, genre theory, utopian fiction, and science fiction, he is the author of Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity (2002); Life Between Two Deaths: U.S. Culture, 1989–2001 (2009); Periodizing Jameson: Dialectics, the University, and the Desire for Narrative (2014); and Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia (2014); and the editor of a new edition of Robert C. Elliott’s The Shape of Utopia (1970; 2013). He is the president of the Society for Utopian Studies and an editor for the Ralahine Utopian Studies series.