About Us

The World Englishes Committee consists of the following Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr. Kendra Slayton, committee chair and managing editor of RAMBLE

Kendra is a native Michigander and an alumnus of Michigan State University, where she double-majored in English and Japanese. She lived in Yamanashi-ken, Japan for three years, working as an English teacher with the JET program. She then earned her MA and PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, specializing in medieval literature and gender. Since she is a walking cliché of a medievalist, she has two cats and enjoy shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In her free time she’s also an avid archer, shooting Olympic Recurve style, which is a descriptor of the type of bow she shoots and not, alas, her skill level, although she competes at State and National tournaments.

 

Dr. Jeff Howard, co-editor of World Englishes: Linguistic Variety, Global Society

In 2017, Jeff earned his PhD from Idaho State University in English and the Teaching of English. His interests are far-ranging and always growing. They include eighteenth-century literature, TESL, folklore, food studies, and creative writing. Jeff hails from the Pacific Northwest, the land of the Snake and sagebrush.  He and his partner live in Stone Mountain, GA with their three sons.

 

Dr. Alok Amatya, co-editor of World Englishes: Linguistic Variety, Global Society

Alok teaches first year writing and multimodal composition at Georgia Institute of Technology as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow. His pedagogy engages students in topics of environmental justice and minority identity through digital multimodal projects like blog writing, audiovisual essays, map-making, and poster exposition. Alok received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Miami in 2018. His current book manuscript, titled Resource Conflict Literature: Reading Indigenous Struggles, studies narratives of resistance against infrastructure & development projects led by indigenous communities and environmental activists. Alok’s research & teaching encompass global & multi-ethnic literature in English, with a focus on narratives of arrival and return to homeland. You can read his article “Itineraries of Conflict in Arundhati Roy’s Walking with the Comrades” in volume 11:1 of Environmental Humanities, a biannual journal.

 

Dr. Eric Lewis, associate editor of RAMBLE

Eric is a native of St. Louis, MO, and he received his B.A. in English and philosophy from William Jewell College and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He studies reader-character relationships in twentieth- and twenty-first-century British, Irish, and Global Anglophone fiction, but his true passions are complicated board games, romantic comedies, and scary movies.

If you wish to contact them, the committee’s email is GTworldenglishescommittee@gmail.com.