NeMLA Staff


Executive Director

Carine Mardorossian.

Carine Mardorossian


Associate Director


Ashley Byczkowski



Graduate Convention Assistant

Callie Ingram.

Callie Ingram is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo and was a NeMLA Graduate Fellow from 2017-2021. Her research interests include 20th and 21st-century US fiction, narrative ethics, and phenomenologies of reading, and her dissertation explores how contemporary women writers interrogate the popular and disciplinary investment in "encounter" as the site of literary ethics. Her scholarly work has been published in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in P-QUEUE, Dream Pop, and on (as recipient of the 2021 Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize). Email:

Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator

Claire Sommers.

Claire Sommers is the Post-Doctoral Fellow of Early Modern British Literature in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. Her forthcoming book, Chimeras, Centaurs, and Satyrs: Creating Hybrid Texts in Antiquity and Early Modern England, focuses on the deployment of hybrid creatures in what she has termed “hybrid texts,” works that combine multiple literary genres, styles, and conventions in a mode of metatextual engagement. Her study reframes the hybrid as a positive generative force that serves as a marker of hermeneutic innovation and as a vehicle for creative transcendence. Claire’s articles have been published in Renaissance Drama and Arion. She was also the Creator and Founding Director of the Critical Theory Certificate at CUNY and has previously taught at Fordham, Hunter and Baruch. Claire serves as the Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator at NeMLA, where she oversees several convention initiatives including the Job Clinic, the Publishing Mentorship, the Book Exhibit, the Elevator Pitch, and the Undergraduate Research Forum. Email:

Managing Editor

Derek DiMatteo.

Derek DiMatteo is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Gannon University (Erie, PA). His research and teaching interests include: 20th and 21st century American literature; transnational, immigrant, and ethnic literature; protest literature; pedagogy and methods of teaching English; and young adult literature. He is a former managing editor of the academic journal Africa Today (IU Press). He was a Visiting Lecturer at Indiana University - Bloomington, where he earned his PhD in English literature with a minor in American Studies. During 2003-2012, he lived in Japan and taught first at Kaichi Jr/Sr High School (Saitama) and later at Lakeland University Japan (Tokyo). During that time, he was very active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). Outside of academia, he enjoys training in jiu-jitsu, cooking with friends, playing Catan, and catching up on pleasure reading or recent Netflix series. Email:

NeMLA Graduate Fellows

The NeMLA Graduate Fellows Program is operated through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NeMLA's administrative host. This program provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to get practical experience in the working of a large academic convention and non-profit organization, as well as to establish professional connections with scholars across the Northeast. Students gain insight into one of the most important forms of knowledge production and dissemination in the humanities.