D.H. Lawrence Society of North America

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Officers, Financial Reports, ByLaws & Voting Information

Current Officers

Joyce Wexler (Loyola University, Chicago), President
Nancy Paxton (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff), Past President
Nanette Norris (Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec), President Elect
M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Sargent (University of Alberta), Listserv Moderator
Matthew Leone (Colgate University, NY) and Nanette Norris Treasurer/Directory Editor
Tina Ferris (Diamond Bar, CA), Webmaster
Marco Canani (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), Assistant Webmaster
Pamela Wright (Texas A&M, Kingsville), Newsletter Editor
Julianne Newmark (University of New Mexico), Archivist/Social Media
Tonya Krouse (Northern Kentucky University), Recording Secretary
See Bios and Job Descriptions


Members of the Executive Committee

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

Elected 2017-2018
Paul Eggert (Loyola University, Chicago)
Lee Jenkins (University College, Cork, Ireland)
Tonya Krouse (Northern Kentucky University)
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:

Joyce Wexler, President
Dept. of English
Loyola University - Chicago
Chicago, IL 60626

DHLSNA Business Reports

Yearly Financial ReportsMLA/DHLSNA Business Meeting Minutes
2017 Financial Report - Prepared by Nanette Norris2018 Business Meeting Minutes
2016 Financial Report - Prepared by the Treasurers 2017 Business Meeting Minutes
2015 Financial Report - Prepared by Matthew Leone2016 Business Meeting Minutes
2014 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2015 Business Meeting Minutes
2013 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2014 Business Meeting Minutes
2012 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2013 Business Meeting Minutes
2011 Financial Report - Prepared by Joyce Wexler2012 Business Meeting Minutes
2010 Financial Report - Prepared by Carrie Rohman2011 Business Meeting Minutes
Financial Report Template

By-Laws and Articles of Organization of the DHLSNA


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.  The terms of the President, Vice President, and members of the Executive Committee are non-renewable.  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.

Term (2017-2018):

  • Joyce Wexler is Professor and Chair of English at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Who 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.” Her current project is a book on “Writing About Violence in a Secular Age.”


Vice President (to become President on January 1, 2019)

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 (2017-2018):

  • Nanette Norris is Assistant 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 of the forthcoming Literary Modernism and World War I (Fairleigh Dickinson). She served as treasurer for CUPE Local 3913 (University of Guelph) in 2005.


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: (2017-2018):

  • Nancy Paxton is Professor Emeritus at Norther Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She is the author of George Eliot and Herbert Spencer: Feminism, Evolution, and the Reconstruction of Gender (1991), and Writing under the Raj: Gender, Race and Rape in the British Colonial Imagination, 1830-1947 (1999). She edited the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America Newsletter from 2006 to 2009; co-directed the 12th International D. H. Lawrence Conference with David Game in Sydney, Australia, in 2011; and served as president of the DHLSNA in 2015-17. Her recent essays on D. H. Lawrence appear in Andrew Harrison’s Lawrence in Context (CUP 2018), and Kieran Dolin (ed.) Law and Literature (CUP 2018). She is currently working on a manuscript titled Books Travel: Literary Censorship in a Global Frame, which focuses on D. H. Lawrence, Radclyffe Hall, and Jean Devanny.


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 (Role will be divided between two officers, 2017-2018):

  • Matthew Leone teaches in University Studies at Colgate University, where he is its Director of Summer Programs as well as Director of its annual Creative Writers’ Conference. His publications include Shapes of Openness: Bakhtin, Lawrence, Laughter (2010); Crafting Fiction, Poetry and Memoir: Talks from the Colgate Writers' Conference (2008); plus reviews in English Literature in Transition and Studies in the Novel. While gaining a PhD from McGill University, he edited its Literary Review. As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, he had the privilege of being introduced to Lawrence’s work--and to the question of how, or whether, the novel thinks--by luminaries such as F.R. Leavis and his colleagues Howard Jacobson and Wilbur Sanders. His forthcoming book will be an additional collection of talks from prominent novelists, poets, and memoirists from the Colgate Writers’ Conference.
  • Nanette Norris is Assistant Professor of English at Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Québec, 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 of the forthcoming Literary Modernism and World War I (Fairleigh Dickinson). She served as treasurer for CUPE Local 3913 (University of Guelph) in 2005.


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 (Renewal, 2013-2018):

  • Pamela Wright currently teaches English at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in December 2006, where Virginia Hyde directed her dissertation on D.H. Lawrence. Her special interest is in twentieth-century British literature, with a focus on disability theory and the literature of war.  She has been an active member of the DHLSNA since 2001, attending the Santa Fe Conference in 2005 and the Eastwood Conference in 2007.  She has presented on Lawrence twice at MLA and has chaired sessions and presented three times at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Her article “Living ‘Outside-In’:  The Role of Beauty and Disfigurement in D.H. Lawrence’s 'The Ladybird'” appeared in D.H. Lawrence Studies.  In addition to her research on Lawrence, she has written about such diverse figures as Kazuo Ishiguro, Katherine Mansfield, Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, and Ana Castillo.



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 (Renewal, 2010-2019):​ 
  • 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 (Jan. 2017- Dec. 2018):

  • 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 (New Position as of Jan. 2013 & Expanded to include management of a Facebook DHLSNA page in 2015)

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. 

Elected (Renewal, 2013-2018):

  • Julianne Newmark is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. She has published articles in Arizona Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, Western American Literature, and other journals. She also published a chapter in the recent book "Terra Incognita":  D. H. Lawrence at the Frontiers, edited by Virginia Hyde and Earl Ingersoll. Currently, her book manuscript focusing on multi-ethnic American authorial refusals of race-centric Nativist ideologies in early-twentieth-century literature is under review. She is at work on her second book-length project examining the papers and political writings of three prominent early-twentieth-century Native activists: Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa), Carlos Montezuma, and Charles Eastman. She served as Secretary of the DHLSNA  2003-2010 and Newsletter Editor  2011-2012, creating our online archive of past newsletters as part of the latter position.


Listserv Moderator

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 (Renewal, 2015-2018):

  • M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Sargent, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of Writing Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, currently lives in Oregon. She received her BA from Duke University, and her Ph.D. from University of Kent at Canterbury. She co-authored Approaches to Teaching the Works of D.H. Lawrence (MLA 2001) and Conversations about Writing (Nelson 2005). Her work has appeared in the D.H. Lawrence Review, The ADE Bulletin, Profession, and College English. She served as DHLSNA membership/treasurer 1992-99 and DHLSNA President 2011-2012; she helped organize the 13th International DHL conference in Gargnano, serving as Logistics/Hospitality Director; and she is currently chair of CCILC, the Co-ordinating Committee for International Lawrence Conferences (


Executive Committee Members  


  • Paul Eggert (Renewal, 2017-18). Paul Eggert 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 Margaret Jenkins (Renewal, 2017-18). Lee Jenkins 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.
  • Tonya Krouse (2017-18). Tonya Krouse is Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, where she teaches courses in critical theory, gender and sexuality in literature, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century British fiction.  She has published one book, The Opposite of Desire: Sex and Pleasure in the Modernist Novel, and her articles have appeared in Virginia Woolf MiscellanyDoris Lessing Studies, and Journal of Modern Literature. Her current research centers on reevaluating D. H. Lawrence’s modernism and establishing Lawrence’s influence on contemporary authors, most notably Jonathan Franzen.
  • Carrie Rohman (2018-19) 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 (2018-19) 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 (2018-19) 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.