Members of the Executive Board include nine officers: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Treasurer, Public Information Officer, Conference Chair, Immediate Past President, BIPOC Caucus Representative, Registration and Membership Coordinator, and Student Caucus Representative.

Other positions are are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Executive Board. You can find Other IAFA Officials here. Perquisites received by board members, other officers, as well as division heads associated with the conferences are listed here


Pawel Frelik
University of Warsaw, Poland

Paweł Frelik is Associate Professor in the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw (Poland). His research interests include science fiction, video games, fantastic visualities, digital media, and transmedia storytelling. He has published widely in these fields, serves on the advisory boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and is the co-editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction book series at the University of Wales Press.

First Vice-President

Valorie Ebert-Canavan
Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida, USA

Valorie Ebert-Canavan (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Studies program at Florida Atlantic University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Broward College. Her research focuses on the many intersections contained in science fiction and fantasy literature, and how, through interpellation, the ideas contained within these works may influence a reinforcement of less than ideal ideas instead of working to negate them.

Second Vice-President

David M. Higgins
Inver Hills College, Minnesota, USA

David M. Higgins is the Speculative Fiction Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches English at Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota, and he specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and culture. His research explores transformations in imperial fantasy during the Cold War period and beyond. Higgins’s article “Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction” won the 2012 Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award for excellence in scholarship. He has published in journals such as American Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Extrapolation, and his work has appeared in edited volumes such as The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction.


Sean Nixon
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Sean Nixon holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado where he currently works as a researcher in nonlinear waves and optics. Research topics range from topological insulators and parity-time symmetry to perturbation theory and asymptotic techniques. Beyond his scientific work, Sean is also the author of several semi-academic articles that explore the connections between math and pop culture such as "Fractal Characterization in Pixar's Inside Out" and "The Rick-est Rick, the Multiverse, and P-hacking". Sean is the artist of the webcomic Hollow Oak University, the author of short plays performed at the Paragon Play Festival (and at ICFA), and long-time ICFA attendees may be vaguely aware of his presence as the conference A/V monkey from 2010-2021.

Public Information Officer

Skye Cervone
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Skye Cervone (she/her/hers) is a full-time Instructor of English at Florida Atlantic University where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies. Her dissertation, "Living Capital: Situating Animals within Capitalist Modes of Production in Science Fiction," focused on the relationship between animals and capitalism in science fiction, and she is particularly interested in texts which aim to change the conversation surrounding animals and imagine alternatives to traditional thinking surrounding animal subjectivity. Her other research interests include biopolitics, gender, and Lord Dunsany's fantasy novels. Her work has appeared in publications such as Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany, Science Fiction Film and Television, The Eaton Journal Of Archival Research in Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal.

She has previously served the IAFA as the Student Caucus Representative.

Conference Director

Jeri Zulli
Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), New York City, New York, USA

Jeri Zulli is an adjunct associate professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, part of the State University of New York system, where she teaches Science Fiction and Gothic/Horror courses as well as classes in Women’s Studies. She has won two teaching awards, most recently the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching in 2016. She was the inaugural chair of the IAFA Student Caucus, founded in 1999, and has been an active member of IAFA for 25 years. Jeri is a freelance editor and proofreader, and is a dictatorial grammarian.

Immediate Past President

Dale Knickerbocker
East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Dale Knickerbocker is Linda E. McMahon Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, where he teaches Hispanic languages, literatures, and cultures. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Alambique, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Extrapolation, Brumal (Spain), and Abusões (Brazil).

He is editor of the critical collection Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from Beyond the Anglophone Universe, and author of Juan José Millás: The Obsessive-Compulsive Aesthetic and the upcoming Spain Is Different? Historical Memory, Modernity, and the “Two Spains” in Turn-of-the-Millennium Spanish Apocalyptic Novels.

BIPOC Caucus Representative

Alexis Brooks de Vita
Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, USA

With degrees in Comparative Literature specializing in the works of women of African descent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, Alexis Brooks de Vita (she/her/one) is a professor of literature at Texas Southern University, an HBCU.  Dr. Brooks de Vita’s non-fiction books are The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, Mythatypes:  Signatures and Signs of African, Diaspora and Black Goddesses, and the translation Dante's Inferno:  A Wanderer in Hell.  She has chapters and essays in Science Fiction from beyond the Anglosphere, God is Change: Religious Practices and Ideology in the Works of Octavia Butler, Lingua Cosmica:  Science Fiction from Around the World, Fourth Wave Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Extrapolation, Humanities Bulletin, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Proverbium, The Griot, English Language Notes, College Language Association Journal, and The Maroon: Journal of Arts and Letters.  Her gothic/horror novels are Left Hand of the Moon and The Books of Joy Trilogy: Burning Streams, Blood of Angels and Chain Dance; she has edited the anthologies Love and Darker Passions and Tales in Firelight and Shadow. Her short stories and poems also appear in Nightlight, The Horror is Us, What the Flame Whispers, Candle in the Attic Window, Safari, Forced from the Garden, I Have Consumed Destruction, and several Guild Press collections.

Registration and Membership Coordinator

Emily Midkiff
University of North Dakota, North Dakota, USA

Emily Midkiff is an instructor at the University of North Dakota. She earned her PhD in 2017 from the University of Minnesota. She integrates methods from across fields to conduct interdisciplinary studies on speculative fiction in children’s and YA literature. In addition to studying literature academically, she has worked as an editorial assistant for a small SFF publisher for children and young adults, and spent many years performing fantasy stories with an improv children’s theater company.

Student Caucus Representative

Andrew Erickson
Europa-Universität Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany

Andrew Erickson is doctoral researcher and instructor in American Studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg and Editorial Assistant for Amerikastudien / American Studies. Recent publications focus on anti-intellectualism and counterfactual history, and on the critical posthumanism of Black American disaster fiction. His current dissertation project understands speculative fiction by Black makers through the lens of the postapocalypses of American enslavement and settler colonialism. Research interests include postcolonialism, science and speculative fiction, posthumanism, and digital humanities.

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