Jennifer Abella

Besides serving as publicity chair for JASP, Jennifer is a copy editor at The Washington Post and secretary of the board of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Inger Brodey

Inger teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has published and presented extensively on Jane Austen and the history of the novel. She continues to serve as president of the JASP Board, running most aspects of JASP and holding regular meetings with committee chairs. She co-founded JASP with James Thompson.

Caitlin Donovan

A former English literature and creative-writing teacher at Durham School of the Arts, Caitlin has attended JASP several times, including as a teacher scholarship winner. She continues to help us improve our K-12 teacher program and professional development for teachers.

Kathryn Edelstein

Kathryn Edelstein is a teacher of AP English Literature and World Literature at East Chapel Hill High School, where she serves as the Chair of the English Department. She was a teacher scholar at the AP Oxford Academy at Oxford University in 2018 and the Duke University Institute for Islamic Studies in 2019. She is chair of the teacher scholarship committee for the Jane Austen Summer Program.

Anne Fertig

Anne Fertig is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Scottish literature, women’s historiography and political philosophy in the 18th century.  She has volunteered for JASP since 2016. She is the founder and co-director of JASP’s public humanities series, Jane Austen & Co.  

Susan Allen Ford

Recently retired as a professor of English from Delta State University, Susan has served as editor for Persuasions, the leading Austen journal, for more than a decade. She has also faithfully attended and contributed to JASP since its founding in 2012 as a presenter and a discussion leader.

Suzanna Geiser

Suzanna holds a PhD in English and comparative literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a JD from the University of Iowa College of law. She is professor of legal research and writing at Campbell University, but still finds time to help JASP in numerous ways, including the highest level of organization. As Associate Director, she works with our speakers and serves as secretary of the board.   

Marsha Huff

Marsha Huff is an attorney specializing in the law of tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. She served as president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, 2006-2010, and coordinator of JASNA’s 2005 Annual General Meeting.  She writes articles for Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine and book reviews for JASNA News.  She is Vice President of the JASP Board of Governors.

Andy Mink

Vice president of education services at the National Humanities Center and a former education professor, Andy brings his extensive knowledge of teacher networks and continuing education to JASP.

Emily Sferra

​Emily Sferra is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the gender politics of nineteenth-century British women writers and the publishing history of their novels. She has served as the JASP registrar since 2018 and is also the technical director of Jane Austen & Co. 

James Thompson

James is a prominent Austen scholar. He is a professor in the UNC English and Comparative Literature department and has written three books on Austen. He co-founded JASP with Inger Brodey, serves as treasurer for JASP, and co-hosts the program.

Sarah Schaefer Walton

Sarah has been helping with JASP from its founding year, before she was a graduate student at UNC.  Sarah has worked on many aspects of JASP, most recently co-directing JASP Plus, as well as helping to write grants. She is Associate Director of JASP and represents graduate students on the JASP Board.