The three scholars for the StoryLines New England series selected the books to be discussed and advised the StoryLines staff about humanities themes, program guests, and other project materials.
Lead scholar for the series is David H. Watters (Ph.D., Brown University) , the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, Professor in the Department of English, University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Director of the Center for New England Culture. His teaching areas are Early American Literature, and New England Literature and Culture. Dr. Watters is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of New England Culture (Yale University Press), and an editor of The Works of Jonathan Edwards: Vol.II: Typological Writings (Yale University Press, 1993). He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and essays on New England literature and culture.
Karen L. Kilcup (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Professor of American Literature, Department of English, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Kilcup's Robert Frost and Feminine Literary Tradition was published by University of Michigan Press in 1998. She edited Soft Cannons: American Women Writers and Masculine Tradition (University of Iowa Press, 1999). Dr. Kilcup has held previous academic appointments at Tufts University, Medford, Mass.; Colby College, Waterville, Maine; and Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
Kent Ryden (Ph.D., Brown University) is Associate Professor in the American and New England Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, Portland. Author of Landscape with Figures: Nature and Culture in New England (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2001) and Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing and the Sense of Place, Dr. Ryden has a chapter in the Blackwell Companion to the Regional Literatures of the United States (Blackwell, 2003) entitled "New England Literature and Regional Identity."