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Meet ASA's Steering Committee

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Travis Rountree,

Dr. Travis A. Rountree is an assistant professor in the English Department at Western Carolina University. He earned his PhD from the University of Louisville, his MA in English from 


Sophia Enriquez,
Vice President

Sophia M. Enríquez (she/her/ella) works at the intersections of Latinx, Appalachian, and Southern music, migration, and regional culture. She is the Andrew W. Mellon


Rachel Adams,
Conference Chairperson

Rachel Adams is an Instructor at Western Carolina University. She teaches first and second-year courses in rhetoric and composition and Latin American/Latino/a literature. She calls


Ricardo Nazario y Colón,
Past President

Dr. Ricardo Nazario-Colón is an accomplished Higher Education Administrator with over twenty years of experience in various industries, including the U.S. Military, Colleges & 


Liz Harper,
Program Chairperson

Liz Harper is the Special and Digital Collections Librarian and an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University. Prior to coming to WCU in 2014, she was Curator of Collections at 


Sylvia Shurbutt,

A Ph.D. graduate from the University of Georgia in Linguistics and Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt is today Director of the Center for Appalachian 

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Eliot Parker,

Eliot Parker teaches writing at the University of Mississippi. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he earned his B.A. in Journalism from Marshall University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from 


M. Aaron Guest,

Aaron Guest, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, is a socio-environmental gerontologist with training in public health and social work and an Assistant Professor within the Center for Innovation in 


Garrett Blaize,

Garrett Blaize is a 24-year-old community organizer and administrator from the Appalachian Mountains. As the staff lead for grantmaking and philanthropic partnerships


Tiffany Arnold,
Past Program Chairperson

Dr. Tiffany Arnold is an assistant professor of instruction in the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions, Department of Social and Public Health. She coordinates 


Jed DeBruin,
Archivist/Historian/Special Collections Chair

Originally from Athens County in southeastern Appalachian Ohio, Jed DeBruin (he/him) is a PhD candidate and graduate instructor in the Department of 


Scott Sikes,

Scott Sikes is the director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry College where he also chairs the Interdisciplinary Program in Civic Innovation and directs the Bonner  

Mary Thomas,
Ex-Officio Executive Director


Maxwell Cloe,

Maxwell Cloe is an independent scholar of queer Appalachian art and archives currently based out of Richmond, Virginia. They are also an instructor of Community Studies at the

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Stephen Turner,
Scholarship Chairperson

Stephen Turner is a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a Literature and Cultural Studies doctorate at the University of Memphis. He is currently wrapping up his dissertation which explores the utilization of 


Rebecca R. Scott,
Journal Editor

Rebecca R. Scott is associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri, where she teaches classes on environmental justice, gender, and social theory. She is the author of

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Carson Benn,
Membership Chairperson

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Cicero Fain,
Liaison Officer

Cicero M. Fain, III, Ph.D., is a native of Huntington, WV. He received his B. A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his M.Ed. from George Mason University. He is the recipient of the Carter

Justin Ray Dutton,
Diversity and Inclusion Chairperson

Justin-Ray is a neurodiverse Appalachian who has been involved with ASA and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee since 2016. 


Ted Olsen,
Education Chairperson

Ted Olson is a professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University and a cultural historian, editor, poet, photographer, and musician. The author or

Katherine Ledford,
International Connections Committee

Ann E. Bryant,
Ex-officio Office Manager

Ann E. Bryant is office manager for Appalachian Studies Association and assistant-managing editor for the Journal of Appalachian Studies. She began her career as an intern at the West Virginia

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Darryl L. Parker,
Silent Auction Co-Chair

Darryl Parker, known as Dee is a native of Kentucky. Dee believes in the concept of when you reach one, you teach one and lead by example. 

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Amanda Page,
Silent Auction Co-Chair

Amanda Page is a Columbus-based writer from southern Ohio whose journalism and essays appear in regional and national publications. She is the Founding Director of 


Beth Nardella,
Awards Chair

Dr. Beth Nardella is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. She has been teaching discipline-specific

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Jordan Lovejoy,
Appalink Editor

Jordan Lovejoy is an American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellow, Southern Futures Assistant Director, and Visiting Assistant Professor of American

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