NeMLA Staff

Officers

Acting Executive Director

Victoria L. Ketz.

Victoria L. Ketz is professor of Spanish and Chair, Global Languages, Literatures, and Perspectives at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. She has served as the Acting Executive Director of the Northeast Modern Language Association since 2024, Vice President 2022-2024, and President for 2024-2025. She is co-editor of A Laboratory of Her Own: Women and Science in Spanish Culture (2021), which gathers diverse voices to address women's interaction with STEM fields in the context of Spanish cultural production. This volume focuses on the many ways the arts and humanities provide avenues for deepening the conversation about how women have been involved in, excluded from, and represented within the scientific realm.

Associate Executive Director

Dr. Derek F. 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. 

Staff

Graduate Assistants

Kailey McDonald.

Kailey McDonald (she/her) is a PhD student in UB’s department of Gender and Sexualities Studies. Her research interests include decoloniality and theories of matter. In her spare time, she plays Dungeons and Dragons and shares long walks with her dog, Peter. 

Sebastian Galbo.

Sebastian C. Galbo (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University at Buffalo. He holds an MS in information and library science. Research interests include medical history and nineteenth-century American literature.

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. 

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.