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.
Ashley Reis (rep: 2011-2013)
University of North Texas
Ashley E. Reis received her B.A. and M.A. in English from the Universities of Kentucky and Oregon, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of North Texas, with a focus in Literature and the Environment. Specifically, Ashley is interested in Western American literature’s relationship to U.S. National Parks; land use and land ethics; as well as cultural geography and spatial theory. In her (limited amount of) free time, Ashley heads “home” to Wyoming to explore the backcountry, climb mountains, and ski in her backyard: Grand Teton National Park.
William V. Lombardi (rep: 2012-2014)
University of Nevada, Reno
William V. Lombardi received his BA and MA in English from California State University, Chico. He is currently a doctoral student in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Literature and Environment emphasis. Will served as the first Affiliate Liaison Officer for the Western Literature Association and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment from 2012-2013. He studies literature of the American West with a focus on California literature. His current work examines the confluences of bioregionalism and critical regionalism in Old-, New-, and post-West contexts. His scholarly essays and reviews have appeared in Western American Literature and ISLE.
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