President: Ben Fagan, Auburn University (2019-2021)

Ben Fagan is an assistant professor of English at Auburn University.  A National Teaching Partner for the Colored Conventions Project and a member of the Black Press Research Collective, his research focuses on the 19th-century black press, as well as the relationship between digitization and black archives. His first book, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (2016) was named an Honorable Mention for the 2017 RSAP Book Prize and he was awarded the RSAP Article Prize in 2012.  His work has also appeared in American Periodicals, African American Review, Legacy, and Comparative American Studies.  He has been an active RSAP Board Member since 2012, serving on an Article Prize committee, co-organizing an RSAP roundtable on Digitization and Periodical Studies for the ALA conference with Ryan Cordell, and curating a forum on this same topic for American Periodicals.

Vice President/President-Elect: Jim Casey, Penn State (2019-2021)

Jim Casey is a postdoctoral research associate of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Delaware. In 2020-21, he will be an assistant professor of African American Studies, History, and English and the founding managing director of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State. His research interests begin with nineteenth-century African American studies, periodicals, and print culture, extending into the public and digital humanities. He is currently completing a book project, The Invention of Editors, 1740-1872. With P. Gabrielle Foreman, he is co-editor of the forthcoming collection, The Colored Convention Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (UNC Press). Among others, his digital scholarly projects include co-directing the Colored Conventions Project and Douglass Day. He serves as vice president of the Research Society for American Periodicals. For more, see

Treasurer: Timothy Helwig, Western Illinois University (2017-2021)

Timothy Helwig is an associate professor of English at Western Illinois University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nineteenth-century American literature, African-American literature, and working-class American fiction. He has held short-term research fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia, and he has published articles in American Studies and American Periodicals.

Secretary: Christopher La Casse, US Coast Guard Academy (2018-2020)

Christopher La Casse is an assistant professor and Director of the Hewitt Writing and Reading Center at the US Coast Guard Academy. His primary research interest focuses on how the economic, political, and cultural pressures of the First World War shaped the development and dissemination of modernism(s) in literary magazines and modern periodicals. His publications have appeared in Criticism (2016), American Periodicals (2016), The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts (2017), Women’s Space: Essays on Female Characters in the Twenty-First Century Science Fiction Western (2019), Recovering and Transforming the Pedagogy of Robert Scholes (forthcoming), and The Routledge Companion to the Literary Magazine (forthcoming). He serves as Project Coordinator of the NEH Summer Institute, City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press (2015 and 2020).

Advisory Board

Agatha Beins, Texas Woman’s University (2019-2022, first term)

Kirsten MacLeod, Newcastle University (2019-2022, first term)

Montserrat Feu-Lopez, Sam Houston State University (2019-2022, second term)

Mark Noonan, New York City College of Technology (CUNY) (2019-2022, first term)

Brian Sweeney, College of St. Rose (2019-2022, second term)