About the Society

The Society formed in May 2005 as an allied author organization of the American Literature Association (ALA). As described in our organization's Constitution and bylaws, our purpose is "to offer Alcott scholars and other interested persons an opportunity to share in the study and appreciation of the life and works of a major American writer. As a non-profit organization, the Society—through such activities as annual meetings, scholarly panels, special symposia, a newsletter, and an Internet site—provides a medium of communication among Alcott scholars and expands the possibilities for Alcott studies."

Current Officers:
Gregory Eiselein, President (2020-2024)
Marlowe Daly-Galeano, President-Elect (2023-2024)
Lauren Rizzuto, Secretary (2023-2025)
Karyn Valerius, Treasurer (2022-2024)

Current Advisory Board Members:
Wesley Mott, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2018-2024)
Daniel Shealy, University of North Carolina Charlotte (2022-2025)
Roberta Seelinger Trites, Illinois State University (2023-2026)

Past Presidents:
Anne Phillips (2016-2020)
Sandy Petrulionis (2014-2016)
Mary Shelden (2012-2014)
Daniel Shealy (2010-2012)
Larry Carlson (2008-2010)
Joel Myerson (2005-2008)

Society officers, past and present, gather at the American Literature Association conference in 2016: from left to right: Sandy Petrulionis, Anne Phillips, Melissa Pennell, Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy

During 2014 Society business meeting, outgoing President Mary Shelden
receives gift of LMA paperweight, thanking her for her service.
Past Presidents: Joel Myerson,  Mary Shelden, and Daniel Shealy

Daniel Shealy displays his thank you gift as outgoing president at 2013 business meeting.

Business Meeting 2013:
Secretary Anne Phillips
Former President Mary Shelden
President Sandy Petrulionis