Graduate Student Representative
Over the years, more and more graduate students have started attending the annual Western Literature Association Conference. Now every fifth member of the Western Literature Association is a graduate student. Therefore, since 2001, the association’s Executive Council has included a Graduate Student Representative who is elected by the membership at large. Beginning in 2011, two grad student representatives serve on the council. Each graduate student representative serves a two-year term, and a new representative is elected each year.
Each Grad Rep’s responsibilities include:
If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination as Grad Student Representative, please contact the current WLA president. Note: The Graduate Student Reps are appointed for two years, and the Western Literature Association expects that appointment to be carried out. So please don’t nominate yourself or accept a nomination for Graduate Student Rep if you expect to finish your degree before the end of spring semester of your second year.
Know your current graduate student representatives:
Landon Lutrick (rep: 2015-2017)
University of Nevada, Reno
Landon Lutrick is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. His interests include twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and film. Landon’s current research focuses on critical regionalism regarding the American West along with cinematic genre studies.
Rachel Heise Bolten (rep: 2016-2018)
Rachel Heise Bolten is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Stanford University. She holds an MPhil in Criticism & Culture from Cambridge University. Her interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literary and visual culture, and her current research focuses on descriptive texts from Alexis de Tocqueville and John James Audubon to the American Guides of the 1930s.
Past Graduate Student Reps:
Sylvan Goldberg, Stanford University, 201
Jaquelin Pelzer, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013-2015
William V. Lombardi, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012-2014
Ashley Reis, University of North Texas, 2011-2013
Matt Lavin, University of Iowa, 2010-2012
Kerry Fine, Texas Tech University, 2008-2011
Angela Waldie, University of Calgary, 2006-2008
Drucilla Wall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005-2006
Matthew R. Burkhart, University of Arizona, 2003-2005
Anne L. Kaufman, University of Maryland, 2001-2003