Keynotes and Plenaries

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Neil Foley is the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair of History at Southern Methodist University and the co-director of SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. His current research centers on the changing constructions of race, citizenship, and transnational identity in the Borderlands, Mexico and the American West; Mexican immigration; and comparative civil rights politics of African Americans and Mexican Americans. His books include The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas(Berkeley, 1997); Quest for Equality:The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity(Harvard, 2010), and Mexicans in the Making of America (Harvard, 2014). He is also the editor of Reflexiones:  New Directions in Mexican American Studies (1998).

Lauren M. E. Goodlad is professor of English at Rutgers University. She is the author of The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty and Transnational Experience(Oxford, 2015) and Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society (Johns Hopkins, 2003); co-editor of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s (Duke UP, 2013), co-editor of Goth: Undead Subculture  (Duke, 2007), and a member of numerous scholarly editorial and advisory boards. Her articles and reviews have been published in journals such as American Literary History, Cultural Critique, ELH, Genre, MLQ, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Victorian Studies.