About the members of the Executive Committee of ASAC: 

Emily N. Bartz is a PhD candidate in English Rhetoric at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation is on adoption rhetoric. She is an adoptee from the Philippines.



Lucy Curzon is received her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in modern and contemporary art history, as well as community engagement through the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art.  She recently published a monograph called Mass-Observation and Visual Culture: Depicting Everyday Lives in Britain (Routledge, 2017), which explores intersections between art, anthropology, and national identity.  One of her current research focuses is contemporary representations of LGBTQ+ families

Marina Fedosik is a Lecturer at the Princeton University Writing Program. Her interdisciplinary scholarship on representations of kinship and subjectivity in American literature, film, and culture reveals the potential for new knowledge offered by the infusion of an adoption studies perspective in other established fields of inquiry. Her most recent article on embodiment and identity in African-American adoption autobiography, “Grafted Belongings: Identification in Autobiographical Narratives of African American Transracial Adoptees,” appears in Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-First-Century Contexts and Criticism (Wisconsin, 2016). Currently, she is writing on adoption and other forms of kinship in the posthuman context. She has served as ASAC liaison with the Modern Language Association for four years.

Stephanie Flores-Koulish is a U.S. domestic Colombian adoptee, adoptive and biological mother, and Associate Professor and program director of the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Her primary area of research is within the field of critical media literacy education, specifically, she is interested in the ways that the media and popular culture impact identity and society. In addition, she has also written on Latinx adoptees and identity, education policy and practices, and critical multicultural education. She especially enjoys the engaged scholarship she does in schools in and around the Baltimore area, to include chairing the board of a local bilingual, Spanish/English Catholic elementary/middle school.

Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar and edits Adoption & Culture and a/b: Autobiography Studies. She wrote Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption (2005), a memoir, and edited Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Works of Julia Alvarez (SUNY 2013) and The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader (2015) as well as four special issues focused on adoption and/or life writing. Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in Fourth GenreNorthwest Review, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere.  She is co-editor (with John McLeod) of Ohio State University Press’s Critical Adoption Studies book series. She teaches creative nonfiction as a professor at The University of West Georgia.

Frances Latchford is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; she teaches in the undergraduate Sexuality Studies program and in the Graduate Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Program. She conducts research in the fields of critical adoption studies and gender and sexuality studies; her work is informed by feminist, social and political philosophy that enlists continental, poststructuralist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and queer and transgender theories of subjectivity. She has published journal articles that examine transexualities, queer identities, drag, and sexual subjectivities, as well as same-sex spousal rights, and ethical knowledge; she has also performed drag on the stage and enlisted it pedagogically in the classroom. She is the author of Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity and the Meaning of Family (Montreal: McGill Queen’s Press, 2019), which critically examines “family” identities and experiences in light of the systemic devaluation of adoptive ties as it occurs within modern Western discourses, or the human sciences, that address the family, adoption, twins, and incest. She is also the contributing editor of Adoption and Mothering (Bradford: Demeter Press, 2012), an interdisciplinary collection of essays that examines discourses, debates and the politics of motherhood in the context of adoption.

Kimberly McKee is the director of the Kutsche Office of Local History and an associate professor in integrative, religious, and intercultural studies at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2019). Her work also has been featured in Journal of Korean Studies, Adoption & Culture, Feminist Formations, and edited collections on transnational kinship and representations of Asian Americans. She serves on the executive committee for the Alliance of the Study of Adoption and Culture. McKee received her Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University.

John McLeod is Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures in the School of English, University of Leeds, UK.  His research explores the intersections of adoption, postcolonialism and transculturalism, with particular reference to migrant and minority writing in the UK, Ireland and the US.  He is the author of Life Lines: Writing Transcultural Adoption (Bloomsbury, 2015) and is co-editor (with Emily Hipchen) of Ohio State University Press’s Critical Adoption Studies book series.


 Dr. Rosemarie Pena, Co-Chair is a dual-heritage adoptee from Germany to the United States. She is recognized internationally for her longstanding leadership role in the in the Black German community that culminated in her founding of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA). She has published chapter essays in both German and English on the post WWII transnational adoptions of Black Germans and recently submitted invited entries on International and Transracial Adoption for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies Project. A PhD candidate in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University – Camden, Rosemarie’s research explores the intersections of adoption and migration in the Black German context and the representations of these adoptions in documentary films and visual culture.

Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills, Co-Chair is associate professor in the Department of English and director of the Critical Race Network at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on Critical Race Studies, Ethnic American literatures, transnational adoption, and francophone Asian/America. Her creative non-fiction book, Unni, is forthcoming (Fall 2018) from Mawenzi Press (Toronto). She is the editor of three forthcoming collections and is completing a monograph on adoption, biologism, and essentialism entitled Paradoxical Essentialism. Currently, she is Reviews editor for Adoption & Culture. Born in Seoul, she was adopted by a white family from Southern Ontario, Canada but has also reunited with her first family in Korea.