Executive Committee


President: David Gay (University of Alberta, Canada)


DavidDavid Gay is Professor of English at the University of Alberta (Canada), where he teaches courses on sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and on religion and literature. His research and supervisory interests focus on early modern non-dramatic literature, with emphasis on the writings of Milton and Bunyan. David has also worked on the Bible and its influence on English literature. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project exploring the polemics of prayer and liturgy in seventeenth-century England. For details of his main publications, see his personal page on his institutional website: http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/People/Faculty/DavidGay.aspx

Vice President : David Walker (Northumbria University, UK)


davidwalkerVDDavid Walker is Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature at Northumbria University, and Head of the Department of Humanities. As well as being one of the editors of Bunyan Studies, he is an editor of English, the journal of the English Association. His research is concerned with religious and political writing in poetry, prose and drama in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Main themes within this broad chronology include literature and revolution, especially republican writing and post-Reformation writing, Restoration Nonconformity, and satire. He has published extensively in these areas. He has a developing interest in the literature of colonial America. For details of his publications, see his institutional web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/w/professor-david-walker/

General Secretary : Sylvia Brown (University of Alberta, Canada)


brownSylvia Brown is Associate Professor of English at the University of Alberta. She has published widely in the fields of women’s writing, Milton, Bunyan, and book history of the early modern period. Her books include Women’s Writing in Stuart England; Women, Gender, and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe; and a scholarly edition of The Ladies Dictionary, 1695. She is currently completing an edition of Mary Love’s manuscript life of her husband, the Presbyterian minister Christopher Love, and is writing a book on ‘Print Culture and Dissent in the Seventeenth Century’. For details of her publications, see her institutional web-page: http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/People/Faculty/SylviaBrown.aspx

European Treasurer: Rachel Adcock (Keele University, UK)


Rachel-Adcock-200x200Rachel Adcock is Lecturer in English at Keele University. Her research interests are in early-modern women’s writing, particularly women’s textual participation in seventeenth-century dissenting communities, and the plays of Aphra Behn. Her first book, Baptist Women’s Writings in Revolutionary Culture, 1640-1680 was published by Ashgate Press in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Richard L. Greaves prize by the International John Bunyan Society in 2016. She is currently working on a new project, provisionally titled ‘Writing the Dissenting Community post-1660’, and editing two plays for the new Cambridge University Press edition of the works of Aphra Behn. For full details of her publications, see her institutional web-page: https://www.keele.ac.uk/english/people/racheladcock/

North American Treasurer: Margaret Sönser Breen (University of Connecticut, USA)


breenMargaret Sönser Breen is Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research focuses on LGBTQ Literature, Feminist and Queer Theory, and the Novel. She is the author of Narratives of Queer Desire: Deserts of the Heart (New York, 2009), and has edited or co-edited eight volumes of essays. She has published articles on Bunyan in Studies in English Literature, and in Bunyan Studies. For full details of her publications, see her institutional web-page: http://english.uconn.edu/margaret-breen/

Webmaster: Joel Halcomb (University of East Anglia, UK)


IMG_3172Joel Halcomb is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on religious practice and religious politics in Britain and Ireland during the British Civil Wars. He was an Assistant Editor for The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643–1653 (2012, with Chad Van Dixhoorn, Mark Garcia, and Inga Jones) and is currently co-editor of volume three of The Writing and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell (2015, with Patrick Little and David Smith). He is also preparing a monograph on the Congregational movement during the Civil Wars. For further details, see his institutional web-page: https://www.uea.ac.uk/history/people/profile/j-halcomb

Editor of The Recorder: Nathalie Collé (Université de Lorraine, France)


Nathalie Collé-Bak VDNathalie Collé is Associate Professor of English literature at the Université de Lorraine (France). She is a member of IDEA (Interdisciplinarité dans les Études Anglophones, http://idea-udl.org/) and of SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, http://www.sharpweb.org/), and has been associate editor and part of the editorial board of the Revue de la Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVII-XVIIIe siècles (http://1718.fr/?cat=3) since 2003. She is the author of a doctoral thesis on the illustrated editions of The Pilgrim’s Progress and specialises in the illustration of classics of English literature. The fields covered by her research include book history, reading and reception, and text-image relationships. For more details, and a list of her main publications, see her personal page on her institutional website: http://idea-udl.org/members/colle-bak/

Editor of Bunyan Studies : W. R. (Bob) Owens (Bedfordshire University, UK)


Bob Owens VDBob Owens is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Bedfordshire, and also at the Open University. His research interests are in literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and in Book History, particularly the history of reading. Among his publications are two volumes of The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan (1994), two co-edited collections of essays, John Bunyan and his England, 1628–88 (1990) and Reception, Appropriation, Recollection: Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (2007), and editions of Grace Abounding (1987) and The Pilgrim’s Progress (2003). He is co-author of four books on Daniel Defoe, and joint General Editor of The Works of Daniel Defoe (44 volumes, 2000–2009).For further details see his institutional webpage: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/pae/staff/bob-owens