SASECS Officers

Anne M. Thell (President)

National University of Singapore

Anne M. Thell is Assistant Professor of English literature at National University of Singapore. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English 
literature from Fordham University (New York, NY). She specializes in British literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular emphasis on travel literature, early fiction, and the history of ideas. Her first book, Minds in Motion: Imagining Empiricism in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Literature (2017), illuminates how eighteenth-century travel authors engage and interrogate the century’s most pressing epistemological questions. Her work has appeared in such journals as Configurations, Eighteenth-Century Life, and Studies in Travel Writing, and has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Institute, Chawton House Library, NUS, and the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE).

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Samara Cahill (Vice President)

Nanyang Technological University

Samara Cahill joined the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University in 2009. She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame and a dual B.A from the University of Texas at Austin (Plan II/English). Her area of expertise is representations of women, religion, and nation in English literature of the “long” eighteenth century (1660-1800) and her current research focus is the relationship between proto-feminism and “feminist orientalism.” She is also interested in issues of sustainability and environmentalism. Most recently she has received a Noel Fellowship and a Tier 1 Grant and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The AnaChronisT, Assuming Gender, Green Humanities, Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture.

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Wing Sze Leung (Treasurer)

National University of Singapore

Leung Wing Sze obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, where she was an affiliated doctoral fellow with the Franke Institute of the Humanities.  Before moving to Singapore, she taught for three years as a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham University.  Her research focuses on Enlightenment and Romantic literature, aesthetic theories and moral philosophy.  She is particularly interested in literary representations of philosophical or ethical problems, and in philosophical approaches to aesthetics.  She also has considerable training in post-colonial theory and has taught courses in global literature.   Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals Romanticism and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies.

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