The Board

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

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 here.



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     <>.

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


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, Head of the Department of Performing Arts, and Director of the Visconti Studio. 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.


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. Skye’s 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.

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

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.




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.


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

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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

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.