JASP Team

Jennifer Abella

A member of the JASP board, Jennifer is a copy editor for The Washington Post Magazine and serves as communications coordinator of the board of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Eric Bontempo

Eric is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include 19th-century print culture, poetry, and religion. Eric serves as the chair of the food committee.

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.

Danielle Christmas

Danielle is an assistant professor of English & Comparative Literature and an Endowed Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With affiliations in both Jewish Studies and American Studies, Danielle publishes and teaches on a variety of topics including slavery and the Holocaust in American fiction and film, lynching in American literature and discourse, and white nationalist culture and politics. 

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.  She is also treasurer of the JASP board.

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.

Jared Powell

Jared Powell is a doctoral student in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in 19th-century British literature, with interests in aesthetics, narrative and adaptation theory, and the digital humanities. He serves as the technical director for JASP and Jane Austen & Co.

Nikki Powell

Nikki is a digital content creator and communications professional working in the nonprofit philanthropy space. Her interest in all things Jane Austen can be traced back to Mrs. Duncan's eighth-grade English class. When she isn't traveling the globe through books or her passport, Nikki lives and works in the Upstate of South Carolina. She is the JASP publicity chair.

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.

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.

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. She is JASP's context corner coordinator.