We are excited to announce that as of July 1, MELUS will have a new journal editor, Gary Totten.
Professor Gary Totten comes to us from North Dakota State University, where he is currently chair of the Department of English and interim head of the Criminal Justice & Political Science Department. Gary is a scholar of 19th and early 20th century US literature. His scholarship has included articles on Native American literature such as Zitkala Sa and indigenous sovereignty as well as an article titled, “Southernizing Travel in the Black Atlantic: Booker T. Washington’s The Man Farthest Down,” published in MELUS in 2007. His current research includes a book on African American travel narratives. Gary Totten’s previous editorial experience includes a special issue on travel writings for the peer-reviewed journal Studies in American Naturalism as well as a special issue of the Edith Wharton Review, also a peer-reviewed journal. He has edited a collection of scholarly essays on Edith Wharton and material culture, and he is a member of the editorial board of the Edith Wharton Review. Gary Totten comes highly recommended by his colleagues and has the confidence of the MELUS Executive Committee that the award winning journal of the MELUS Society is in capable hands.