Officers of the Philip Roth Society


Matthew Shipe
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Matthew Shipe is a lecturer and the Director of Advanced Writing at Washington University in St. Louis where he teaches courses in contemporary American fiction. He has published essays on John Updike, Philip Roth, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, and Barry Hannah. In 2015, he won The John Updike Review's Emerging Writers Prize for his essay "The Long Goodbye: The Role of Memory in John Updike's Short Fiction." Alongside Scott Dill, he is editing Updike and Politics: Due Considerations, which is forthcoming from Lexington Press. He currently serves as President of the Philip Roth Society and is on the Executive Board of the John Updike Society.  
Mike Witcombe
Bath Spa University
Bath, England
Mike Witcombe is a lecturer at Bath Spa University, where he researches and teaches contemporary Jewish fiction. He is particularly interested in the intersection of Jewish and gender identities. He is the co-editor of the New Voices in Jewish-American Literature essay collection, and the author of the monograph Jewish-American Literature: Essential Criticism, forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan.
Program Director
Maggie McKinley
Harper College
Palatine, IL
Maggie McKinley is an Associate Professor of English at Harper College in Illinois, where she teaches courses in composition and American literature. She is the author of Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Understanding Norman Mailer (U of SC Press, 2017), and her work has appeared in Philip Roth Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, and The Mailer Review, among other places. She currently serves as the Program Director of the Philip Roth Society and the President of the Norman Mailer Society.
Membership Chair
Danny Anderson
Mount Aloysius College
Cresson, PA
Newsletter Editor
Andy Connolly
Hostos Community College, CUNY
Bronx, NY
Brittany Hirth
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, North Dakota
Brittany Hirth joined the English faculty at Dickinson State University in 2018. She specializes in American literature, and her research interests include trauma studies, war representation, and Jewish American and Holocaust literature. She primarily researches the aesthetics of absurdity and the role of black humor in war literature. She has published on the fiction of Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer, and the television series, The Walking Dead in addition to a personal interview with Vietnam War writer, Tim O’Brien.
Philip Roth Studies Executive Editors

Aimee Pozorski

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut


Maren Scheurer

Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany