We provide a network and forum for the study of American author Kate Chopin.
We encourage and support scholarship and activities that illuminate Chopin’s contribution to the American literary tradition, and we seek to preserve her literary significance for future generations.
If you’re a scholar or advanced graduate student interested in conference presentations, scholarly journals, contributing to this website, or helping us with queries, you may want to check our page for scholars.
The society was formed in 2004 by Heather Ostman and Avis Hewitt, both English professors at American universities, after the conference of the American Literature Association, an organization made up of scholarly societies devoted to the study of American authors. Most better-known American authors have a society of their own, and Heather and Avis thought Kate Chopin deserved a scholarly society focused on her work, even though the Kate Chopin Society of North America, with a different emphasis, already existed in St. Louis.
The Kate Chopin International Society created an advisory board made up mostly of Chopin specialists and sponsored panels at the 2005 ALA conference, as well as at ALA conferences each year since then, and sponsored special panels at the 2014 conference (held in Washington, DC, in late May). We also sponsor panels at other conferences.
Our officers and our website staff
Heather Ostman continues as president of the society. Kelli O’Brien is the conference coordinator.
On the advisory board are Heather (State University of New York: Westchester Community College) and Avis Hewitt (Grand Valley State University), Thomas Bonner (Xavier University of Louisiana), Barbara Ewell (Loyola University of New Orleans), Bernard Koloski (Mansfield University), Kathleen Butterly Nigro (University of Missouri–St. Louis), Mary Papke (University of Tennessee), John Staunton (Eastern Michigan University), Helen Taylor (University of Exeter, UK), and Emily Toth (Louisiana State University).
The KateChopin.org website staff:
The editor of KateChopin.org is Bernard Koloski (Mansfield University).
The editors of short story texts are Kathleen Nigro (University of Missouri–St. Louis) and Bernard Koloski
The German page is edited by Heidi Podlasli-Labrenza (University of Bremen, Germany).
The Portuguese page is edited by Cido Rossi (São Paulo State University, Brazil).
The Spanish page is edited by Eulalia Piñero Gil (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).
The scholarship listings are updated by Kelli O’Brien (University of Memphis).
The link checker is Kathryn O’Donoghue (City University of New York Graduate Center).
Members of the website advisory committee include Tom Bonner (Xavier University of Louisiana), Suzanne Disheroon (Cedar Valley College), Barbara Ewell (Loyola University of New Orleans), Beth Jensen (Georgia Perimeter College), Kathleen Nigro (University of Missouri–St. Louis), Kelli O’Brien (University of Memphis), Kate O’Donoghue (City University of New York Graduate Center), Eulalia Piñero Gil (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), and Emily Toth (Louisiana State University).
A partial listing of our members–Autumn 2015
In addition to members based in the United States and the United Kingdom (in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland), we have multiple members in Brazil and Germany, as well as members in Canada, China, Finland, France, Greece, Japan, Portugal, and Spain.
Sonia Adams, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA: S.M.Adams2@iup.edu
Melanie M. Austin, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA
Ellen Bayer, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Sylvia Bennett, Marian Central High School, Woodstock, Illinois, USA: email@example.com
Gayle Birrell, Writer, Seattle, Washington, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura V. Bonner, Editor, CarMax, Richmond, Virginia, USA: email@example.com
Thomas Bonner, Jr., KCIS Board Member, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Brooks, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA: email@example.com
Christina G. Bucher, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vickie Burns, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA: email@example.com
Greg Chopin, Kate Chopin’s great grandson, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
P. K. Collier, Author, Niantic, Connecticut, USA: PKcollier@yahoo.com
Teresa Crew, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA: email@example.com
Pamela D’Ambrosia, Bramson ORT College, Queens, New York, USA
Suzanne L. Disheroon, Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Texas, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Michelle Elkerton, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California, USA: MElkerton@materdei.org
Miranda Elkins-Livingston, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Nicol Michelle Epple, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara C. Ewell, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Kate S. Flynn, Roosevelt High School, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA: KateSFlynn@gmail.com
Catherine Forsa, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA: email@example.com
Heather Fox, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Franklin, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA: email@example.com
Meredith Frederich, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Fredericks, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Scott Thomas Gibson, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA: email@example.com
Farrah Gilbert, North Greenville University, Tigerville, South Carolina, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Hazen, Grand Valley High School, Orwell, Ohio, USA: email@example.com
Terri Hennessy, Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, Washington, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avis Hewitt, KCIS Board Member, Grand Valley University, Allendale, Michigan, USA: Avis.Hewitt@gmail.com
Jane Hikel, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA: email@example.com
Lenora Hobbs, Kate Chopin Society of North America, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Marilyn Hoder-Salmon, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Jankowski: email@example.com
Kerry Jones, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trece Jordan-Larsen, Slidell High School, Slidell, Louisiana, USA: email@example.com
Bernard Koloski, KCIS Board Member, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Kornasky, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, USA
Carrie Koscher, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom: email@example.com
Erik Levanowitz, Bath-Haverling Central School, Bath, New York, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanci Love, Bay College, Escanaba, Michigan, USA
Sonja Lynch, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, USA: email@example.com
José Vilian Mangueira, State University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Mayer, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA: email@example.com
Kerry Meehan McCann, Northern Regional College, County Antrim, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Kerry@mccannfamily.plus.com
Crescida McCue, Humble High School, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia McLeod, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: email@example.com
Diane Meeks, American Public University, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia A.C. Milanes, York College, City University of New York, New York, New York, USA: email@example.com
Maribel Morales, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadilza Martins de Barros Moreira, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
Thomas Morgan, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA: email@example.com
Lola Moss, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: LRM562@interact.ccsd.net
Cindy Murillo, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Nader, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: email@example.com
Kathleen Butterly Nigro, KCIS Board Member, University of Missouri–St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Julia Nordmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrysula Norway, Athens College, Psychiko, Greece (Hellenic American Educational Foundation): email@example.com
Michelle N. Noyer-Granacki, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA: Michelle.N.Noyer-Granacki@williams.edu
Kelli Purcell O’Brien, KCIS Conference Coordinator, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn O’Donoghue, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York, New York, USA: email@example.com
Ann Ogle, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Ostman, KCIS President, Westchester Community College, SUNY, Valhalla, New York, USA: Heather.Ostman@sunywcc.edu
Mary Papke, KCIS Board Member, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: email@example.com
Kyllikki Persson, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eulalia Piñero-Gil, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain: email@example.com
Becky Plant, Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Podlasli-Labrenz, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany: email@example.com
Melissa R. Pompili, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Josh Privett, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melinda Roberts, Westchester Community College, SUNY, Valhalla, New York, USA: Melinda.Roberts@sunywcc.edu
Verna B. Robinson, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland, USA: email@example.com
Debby Rosenthal, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Aparecido Donizete Rossi, São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyndi Sabo, University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus, Los Lunas, New Mexico, USA
Karen E. Santee, St Petersburg College, St. Petersbur, Florida, USA
Geraldine H. Seay, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA: email@example.com
Meg Sempreora, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Natalia Serejko, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Shaker, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA
Azhr Sigh, University of Houston Clear Lake, Pasadena, Texas, USA: email@example.com
Reinaldo Silva, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki Singh, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA: email@example.com
Martha Sledge, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Staunton, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA: email@example.com
Sari Tanner, Oulu University, Oulu, Finland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Taylor, KCIS Board Member, University of Exeter, Exeter, England, United Kingdom: email@example.com
Lauren Thompson; University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Toth, KCIS Board Member, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Tritt, Marianopolis College, Montreal, Canada: email@example.com
Mariko Utsu, Yonezawa Women’s Junior College, Yonezawa, Yamagata, Japan
Camille Vourc’h, “Cami-Li Books and Tea,” Avignon, France: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Walker, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA: email@example.com
Xuemei Wan, School of Foreign Languages, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerard White, Mercy Academy, Louisville, Kentucky, USA: email@example.com
Kim Whitehead, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, USA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deisi Luzia Zanatta, University of Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: email@example.com
Join us. Become a member.
We would be happy to have you as a member of The Kate Chopin International Society. We welcome scholars, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, and anyone else who is interested in Chopin.
You can join us by email. Simply send us your name and your institutional affiliation or profession (or write to Heather.Ostman@sunywcc.edu). And tell us if you would like us to include your email address on our listing.
We have no dues, but a check of $10 or more, made out to Heather Ostman, would help us with our work:
Heather Ostman, English Department, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla, NY 10509
Related scholarly organizations:
ALA: American Literature Association
MLA: Modern Language Association
SSAWW: Society for the Study of American Women Writers
SSSL: Society for the Study of Southern Literature
PCA/ACA: Popular Culture & American Culture Associations