Executive Committee


President: Anne Dunan-Page (Aix-Marseille University, France)


AnneSouthwoldAnne Dunan-Page is Professor of Early Modern British Studies at Aix-Marseille University, Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France, and Associate Director of the Research Centre on the English-Speaking World where she co-convenes the Seminar on Early-Modern Britain.She is currently Vice President of the French Association of English Lecturers (SAES).

Personal page on institutional website with list of main publications: http://tinyurl.com/annedunan-page. Academic blog (co-authored with Michael Davies and Joel Halcomb): http://dissent.hypotheses.org. Work in OA repository:  http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/LERMA-EA853/fr/

Vice 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. 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. Personal page on institutional website with list of main publications: http://www.efs.ualberta.ca/People/Faculty/DavidGay.aspx

(Acting) Secretary : W. R. (Bob) Owens (Bedfordshire University, UK)



Bob Owens VDBob Owens is Professor of English Literature at the University of Bedfordshire. 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, with P. N. Furbank, of four books on Daniel Defoe, and joint General Editor of The Works of Daniel Defoe (44 volumes, 2000–2009).

Further details including a list of his principal publications may be found on his institutional webpage: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/pae/staff/bob-owens

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

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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. Personal page on institutional website with list of main publications: http://idea-udl.org/members/colle-bak/

UK Treasurer: David Walker (Northumbria University, UK)



davidwalkerVDDavid has worked at Northumbria University since 1999 as a lecturer, senior lecturer, and Head of English and Creative Writing.  More recently he was Head of the Department of Humanities  from 2009 till 2012. 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.

North American Treasurer: Galen Johnson (USA)


Galen Jonhson VDGalen K. Johnson is the North American Treasurer for the International John Bunyan Society. He has been active in the society since its inception, has contributed regularly to its newsletter The Recorder, and is former chair of the Richard L. Greaves Book Award Committee. Particularly interested in studying Bunyan’s theology as literary theory, he has published numerous related articles and book reviews, which have appeared in journals including Bunyan StudiesChristianity and LiteratureBaptist History and Heritage, and Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen. He is also the author of two books, Prisoner of Conscience: John Bunyan on Self, Community, and Christian Faith (2003) and Historical Dictionary of the Puritans (2007). Galen holds degrees from Wake Forest University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Baylor University, where he earned the PhD in Religion and Literature (2007). Twice honored as faculty member of the year at previous academic posts, he currently alternates teaching philosophy and religion for the online degree programs of Ashford University, Liberty University and the University of Phoenix. He resides in the state of Arkansas with his family.