Rachel M. Friars:
Rachel M. Friars (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She holds a BA and an MA in English Literature with a focus on neo-Victorianism and adaptations of Jane Eyre. Her current work centers on neo-Victorianism and nineteenth-century lesbian literature and history, with secondary research interests in life writing, historical fiction, true crime, popular culture, and the Gothic. Her academic writing has been published with Palgrave Macmillan and in The Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies and is forthcoming from Crime Studies Journal and Edinburgh University Press. She is a reviewer for The Lesbrary, the co-creator of True Crime Index, and an Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for PopMeC Research Collective. Rachel is co-editor-in-chief of the international literary journal, The Lamp, and regularly publishes her own short fiction and poetry. Find her on Twitter and Goodreads. (Photo by Meghan Burry)
Jesyka Traynor (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She holds a BA and MA in English Literature and her work examines contemporary Californian literature, with a focus on representations of the Californian landscape by Californian authors. Jesyka also does research on true crime. Her work on women in twenty-first century true crime is forthcoming from Crime Fiction Studies. Jesyka serves as co Editor-in-Chief of the international literary journal, The Lamp, and is the co-creator of True Crime Index. She is also an Editorial Assistant with PopMeC Research Collective. Find her on Twitter and Goodreads. (Photo by Meghan Burry)
Connor E.R. DeMerchant:
Connor E. R. DeMerchant (he/him) is an historian from Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History and is currently in the final months of a Master’s in History from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Connor enjoys researching all aspects of Victorian Britain and its global empire. His MA thesis focuses on Queen Victoria’s interest and impact on music during her reign. Outside of academia, Connor enjoys genealogy, rug-hooking, and thrifting.