Executive Board

Members of the Executive Board include five elected officers: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer, and Public Information Officer.

Other officers are ex officio or are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the other elected officers. You can find the Conference Division Heads in the conference section of our site.


Sherryl Vint
University of California, Riverside, California, USA

SherrylSherryl Vint is Professor and Director of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at the University of California, Riverside. She is an editor of the journals Science Fiction Studies and Science Fiction Film and Television. Her most recent publications are the collections Science Fiction and Cultural Theory: A Reader and a special issue of Paradoxa on The Futures Industry     <http://paradoxa.com/volumes/27>. A long time member of IAFA, she has previously served as First Vice President and Science Fiction Division Head.

  • <sherryl.vint AT gmail.com>

First Vice-President

Isabella van Elferen
Kingston University, London, U.K.

Isabella van Elferen works at Kingston University London, where she is Full Professor of Music and Director of Research for the School of Performance and Screen Studies. Isabella’s has published widely on topics including music in Gothic, horror, SF and fantasy; film, TV, and videogame music; music philosophy; and baroque sacred music. Her books include the award-winning Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny (2012) and, with ICFA veteran Jeffrey Weinstock, Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (2015). She is currently working on a monograph on timbre. Isabella likes to hide in shadows, but the ICFA sun does not harm her.

  • <I.Vanelferen AT kingston.ac.uk>

Second Vice-President

Stacie Hanes
Independent Scholar, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Stacie Hanes’s dissertation, “The Sense and Sensibility of the Nineteenth-Century Fantastic,” explores the psychology of the fantastic as a didactic medium in the work of Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, and Bram Stoker. Her research interests lie in nineteenth-century literature, as well as contemporary fantastic literature and Jane Austen. She has previously served the IAFA as a Division Head and on the Executive Board as Membership & Registration Coordinator and Public Information Officer. She has published several book chapters on the work of British fantasy author Terry Pratchett, and numerous encyclopedia articles on a variety of subjects within her research interests. Alongside her research interests, Hanes particularly enjoys teaching composition in small, computer-centered classes where she can play to her strengths: one-on-one communication and computer use.

  • <moiraine AT gmail.com>


William Clemente
Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska, USA

Bill ClementeBill Clemente is a professor of English at Peru State College where he has taught a variety of courses for the past eighteen years, from Non-western Literature to the History of the English Language. Bill presently serves his second term as Treasurer for the IAFA. A fan of SF for fifty years, Bill experiments this spring 2010 with an on-line SF Literature and Film class. Bill enjoys bird watching and photography and serves as “unofficial official” photographer for a variety of organizations.

  • <bclemente AT mac.com>

Public Information Officer

Skye Cervone
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

SkyeSkye Cervone has a M.A. in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Her primary areas of concentration are Science Fiction Literature and Literary Theory. Skye’s current research focuses on biopolitics and animal studies in SF. Her other research interests include Lord Dunsany’s Fantasy novels and the use of language in world building. She is an editor for the Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction and has previously served the IAFA as the Student Caucus Representative.

  • <scervone AT fau.edu>

Immediate Past President

Sydney Duncan
Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, USA


Sydney Duncan is an associate professor of English at Frostburg State University. She is active in science fiction and fantasy scholarship and fandom. She has an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.

  • <sduncan AT frostburg.edu>

Editor of the JFA

Brian Attebery
Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA

Brian Attebery is editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Professor of English at Idaho State University. His dissertation in American Civilization at Brown University became his first book, The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature. He has since published Strategies of Fantasy and Decoding Gender in Science Fiction and was co-editor, with Ursula K. Le Guin and Karen Joy Fowler, of The Norton Book of Science Fiction. He was a Fulbright lecturer at Uppsala University in 1988, and has been honored for his scholarship by Idaho State University, the Science Fiction Research Association, the Idaho Humanities Council, and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

  • <attebria AT isu.edu>

Membership & Registration Coordinator

Valorie Ebert
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Valerie EbertValorie Ebert holds an M.A. in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Her research focuses on hope in science fiction dystopias, especially Cold War sf. Her other scholarly interests include eco-criticism and animal studies.

  • <vebert AT my.fau.edu>

Shadow Membership & Registration Coordinator

Karen Hellekson
Independent Scholar, Maine, USA

Karen Hellekson is an independent scholar and founding coeditor of
Transformative Works and Cultures
(http://journal.transformativeworks.org/). Most recently she coedited
The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (2014). She studied science
fiction with James Gunn at the University of Kansas, where she earned
her PhD in 1998, and is a longtime attendee of ICFA. She is employed
in the publishing industry and lives in Maine.

  • <khellekson AT gmail.com>

Student Caucus Representative

Amanda Rudd
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Amanda Rudd is a PhD Candidate in British and American Literature at the University of Houston, specializing in Science Fiction and Globalization, currently working on her dissertation. She has presented at many conferences including the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (2014, 2015, 2016), and the ACA/PCA Conference (2015). Her article “Paul’s Empire: Imperialism and Assemblage in Frank Herbert’s Dune” was recently published in the inaugural issue of the Museum of Science Fiction’s publication The Journal of Science Fiction, in January 2016.

  • <rudd.am AT gmail.com>

Technical Officers

Michael A. Smith
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

SmithMheadshotMichael Smith is a full-time lecturer in Information Technology Management in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. He holds the BS in Computer Science, the MS in Management and the PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research has appeared in journals including the Communications of the ACM, the Journal of MIS, The European Journal of Operations and Production Management, Database and Information & Management. He has been an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy since he bought a copy of Poul Anderson’s The High Crusade at a department store in Atlanta in the summer of 1973. With pretensions of a literary nature, he survived OSC’s Literary Bootcamp in 2011.

  • <anarresti AT gmail.com>

Sean Nixon
Conference On-Site A/V Coordinator

Sean Nixon is a graduate student at the University of Colorado finishing his PhD in Applied Mathematics. His research interests include Nonlinear Wave, Asymptotic Methods/Perturbation Theory, and nonlinear optics. He’s been attending the ICFA since 2000 and refused to give it up just because he was a mathematician.

  • <sean.d.nixon AT gmail.com>


Awards Director

Gary K. Wolfe
Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Gary K. WolfeGary K. Wolfe has long been involved in literary scholarship and criticism, with a particular focus on the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In addition to having written several books on these topics, he’s been a monthly book review columnist for LOCUS magazine since 1992. Over the years, Gary has contributed more than two hundred essays to academic journals, reference works, encyclopedias, and magazines. Among the more recent are essays on authors Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Joanna Russ, and Ray Bradbury.

  • <gwolfe AT roosevelt.edu>

Conference Chair

Donald E. Morse
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA
University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary

Donald MorseDonald E. Morse is University Professor of American, Irish, and English literature, University of Debrecen, Hungary and Emeritus Professor of English and Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan. He has been twice Fulbright Professor (1987–1989, 1991–1993) and Soros Professor (1990, 1996–1997), University of Debrecen, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht and Partium University, Nagyvárad, Romania. He has written and/or edited 15 books. Among his latest are The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Imagining Being an American (2003), The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock with Kálmán Matolcsy (2011), Brian Friel’s Dramatic Artistry (2006), and Anatomy of Science Fiction (2006). He is also co-author of Worlds Visible and Invisible (1994), the editor of The Delegated Intellect: Emersonian Essays on Literature, Art, and Science (1995) and The Fantastic in World Literature and the Arts (1987). With the Hungarian scholar, Csilla Bertha, he co-edited A Small Nation’s Contribution to the World (1993), More Real than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts (1991), and The Celebration of the Fantastic (1992), and published translations of contemporary Hungarian plays into English, Silenced Voices: Transylvanian-Hungarian Plays for which he received a Rockefeller Study Fellowship. Their translation of The Heretic received its World Premiere at ICFA. His more than one hundred scholarly essays have appeared in a English and American Studies. Since 1984 he has served as the Conference Chair of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (USA) and for the past 15 years has hosted Bloomsday in Detroit. The University of Debrecen awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his international scholarship and his service to Hungarian higher education. In 2007 the Hungarian Society for the Study of English awarded him the László Országh Medal, the first non-Hungarian to receive the award.

  • <Donaldcsilla AT yahoo.com>

Conference Publications Officer

Judith Collins
Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky, USA

Judith Collins McCormickJudith Collins is Associate Professor of English at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. She earned her M.A. at Florida Atlantic University and her Ph.D. in Modern American literature at the University of Kentucky. She publishes little and hasn’t been listed as an official ICFA presenter in years, but she attended the very first ICFA in 1980, and like her father before her, she has the OCD necessary for page layout.


  • <jarcm66 AT gmail.com>

Dell Magazines Award Director

Rick Wilber
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Rick Wilber is a journalism and mass-media professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has published two novels, several short-story collections, a memoir, and several college textbooks on writing, editing and mass-media studies for some of the world’s largest publishers. Rick has published more than fifty short stories and a similar number of poems in magazines and anthologies ranging from Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine and Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine to the often reprinted Alien Sex anthology and many others. Most recently, he is the editor of “Future Media” (Tachyon, 2011), a collection of reprinted classic works of fiction and non-fiction.

  • <rickwilber AT tampabay.rr.com>

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