The Board

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

Members of the Executive Board include nine officers: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer, Public Information Officer, Conference Chair, Immediate Past President, Registration and Membership Coordinator, and Student Caucus Representative.

Other positions are are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the other Board members. You can find Other IAFA Officials here and the Conference Division Heads here.



Dale Knickerbocker
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Dale Knickerbocker is Linda E. McMahon Distinguished Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, where he teaches Hispanic literatures and cultures and is director of graduate studies. He is the author of Juan José Millás: The Obsessive-Compulsive Aesthetic, editor of Lingua Cósmica: Science Fiction from around the World, and author of Spain is different? Historical memory, modernity, and the “Two Spains” in turn-of the millennium Spanish apocalyptic novels. He is an associate Editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Alambique: Revista Académica de Fantasía y Ciencia Ficción, and is on the editorial boards of Brumal: Revista de investigación sobre lo fantástico, Extrapolation, and Abusões (2014-present), and of the Routledge book series Studies on Global Genre Fiction.


First Vice-President

Valorie Ebert
Broward College, Coconut Creek, FL, USA

Valorie Ebert is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Studies program at Florida Atlantic University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. Her research focuses on the many intersections contained in science fiction and fantasy literature, and how, through interpellation, the ideas contained within these works may influence a reinforcement of less than ideal ideas instead of working to negate them.



Second Vice-President

David. M. Higgins
Inver Hills College, Minnesota, USA

David M. Higgins is the Speculative Fiction Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches English as Inver Hills College in Minnesota, and his research examines imperial fantasies in postwar American culture. His article “Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction” won the 2012 SFRA Pioneer Award for excellence in scholarship. He has published in journals such as American LiteratureScience Fiction StudiesParadoxa, and Extrapolation, and his work has appeared in edited volumes such as The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction.

He also is also the Treasurer for the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA).



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.


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, and her current research focuses on capitalism’s relationship to animals in SF. Her other research interests include Lord Dunsany’s Fantasy novels and the use of language in world building. Skye’s work has appeared in Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany.

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.


Immediate Past President

Sherryl Vint
University of California, Riverside, California, USA

Sherryl 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 <>.

A long time member of IAFA, she has previously served as First Vice President and Science Fiction Division Head.




Membership & Registration Coordinator

Karen Hellekson
Independent Scholar, Maine, USA

Karen Hellekson is an independent scholar and founding co-editor of
Transformative Works and Cultures
( Most recently she co-edited
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.


Student Caucus Representative

Wendy Wood
University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Wendy Wood is a PhD Candidate in literature at the University of Houston, specializing in the long nineteenth century, and is currently working on her dissertation. She is interested in the emergence of the science fiction genre in the Victorian period, specifically looking at the shift from a religious worldview to a more scientific and rational worldview and how this shift sets the stage for the genre. She explores how some of the major authors of the time incorporate this background into their works and how these early stories set the standards for the modern SF genre.



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 Donald 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.