The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society is dedicated to the global study and appreciation of the life and works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. A nonprofit educational organization, the Society–through its annual meetings at the MLA Convention and ALA Conference; its triennial conferences that rotate between American and international venues; and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review–encourages communication among scholars and the general public by expanding the possibilities for shared responses to Hawthorne’s achievement.

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Co-founders David B. Kesterson and C.E. Frazer Clark, Jr. proposed a meeting of interested Hawthorne scholars for New York City on December 27, 1974, at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Some seventy persons gathered for the founding meeting, where planning began for the Society’s first symposium at Bowdoin College in the fall of 1976.


The Society meets annually at the MLA convention and again in late May with the American Literature Association. At both meetings, veteran and fresh voices share their findings, views, and insights about Hawthorne and his writing. Inquiries about presenting papers should be addressed to President Sandra Hughes.

The Society’s biennial summer meetings have been held in places important in Hawthorne’s life and works: in Salem, Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Pittsfield-Lenox, and North Adams, Massachusetts; in Brunswick and Raymond, Maine; in Rome and Florence, Italy, and at Oxford (UK). These meetings offer tours, special productions and exhibits, invited lectures, and keynote speakers. The Society has also held joint meetings with such groups as the Melville Society, the Henry James Society, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, the Margaret Fuller Society, and the Poe Studies Association.

Hawthorne Society Officers:

President: Chuck Baraw (2020-2023), Southern Connecticut State University
Vice President: Ariel Silver (2020-2023)
Secretary:  Nancy Sweet (2018-2021), California State University, Sacramento
Treasurer:  Michael Martin (2020-2023), Nicholls State University
Past President:  Derek Pacheco, Perdue University

Archivist: Lea Bertani Newman
Editor, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review: Monika Elbert, Montclair State University

Executive Council:

Jana Argersinger (2021), Washington State University

Leonardo Buonomo (2021), University of Trieste

Laura Laffrado (2021), Western Washington University

Dana Medoro (2020), University of Manitoba

Lee Person (2021), University of Cincinnati

Sarah Crosby (2022), The Ohio State University, Marion

John Idol (ex-officio, Life), Clemson University (emeritus)

David B. Kesterson (ex-officio, Life), University of North Texas

Frederick Newberry and Monika Elbert (ex-officio), past editors of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

(Last year of 3-year term in parentheses)

Advisory Council:

The Advisory Council consists of all former NHS Presidents, the Archivist, and Director of the Challenge Campaign and are invited to attend Executive Council meetings as non-voting members.

Past Presidents:

Sandra Hughes, 2016-2018
Jason Courtmanche, 2014-16 

Rosemary Fisk, 2012-14 
Thomas R. Mitchell, 2011-12 
Richard Kopley, 2009-10 
Brenda Wineapple, 2007-08 
Samuel Chase Coale, 2005-06 
Richard Millington, 2003-04 
Millicent Bell, 2001-02 
Robert K. Martin, 1999-2000 
Larry J. Reynolds, 1997-98 
T. Walter Herbert, 1995-96 
Leland S. Person, 1993-94 
Gloria C. Erlich, 1991-92 
Lea V.Bertani Newman, 1989-90 
Thomas Woodson, 1987-88 
John L. Idol, Jr., 1985-86 
Joseph Flibbert, 1983-84 
Rita K. Gollin, 1981-82 
Arlin Turner, 1979-80 
C.E. Frazer Clark, Jr., 1977-78 
David B. Kesterson, 1975-76

NHS Archives:

All minutes and archives of the society go to Caroline Moseley, Archivist, Bowdoin College Library, 300 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8421 (cmoseley@bowdoin.edu)

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