2018 Slate of Nominees for ANS Officers

The American Name Society is pleased to announce the 2018 Slate of Nominees for open ANS Officer positions. During the ANS annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah in January 2018, the Slate of Nominees will be formally presented to the ANS membership for the election process. The final report of the nominating committee can be downloaded here.


ANS Treasurer: Saundra Wright
Saundra Wright is a Professor of Linguistics at California State University, Chico, and the Associate Chair of the Department of English. Her most recent research focuses on binomial name pairs, names in professional contexts, titles of address, and the biases associated with different address forms in English.

Member-at-large: Marco Syrayama De Pinto
Marco Syrayama De Pinto’s primary area of onomastic interest has to do with Turkish proper names. He has recently presented a paper in a conference in Porto, Portugal about the proper names (and place names) in human Landscapes from his country. Marco majored in Arabic language and literature at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he also received his MA. He has recently completed his PhD in Translation Studies. His PhD dissertation explores the modernistic language used by Oğuz Atay in his Tutunamayanlar, a work that is similar in many respects to James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Membership Officer: David Robertson 
David Robertson earned his PhD from the University of Victoria, BC. The title of his dissertation was “Kamloops Chinúk Wawa, Chinuk pipa, and the vitality of pidgins.” His research centers on endangered language documentation and revitalization and indigenous onomastics. More specifically, his research concerns Native American and Canadian First Nations naming, and historical changes in those practices. In 2015, he was awarded the ANS Emerging Scholar Award for his article “Naming Chinook Jargon.”

Allied Conference Coordinator: Andreas Gavrielatos
Andreas Gavrielatos holds this position currently and was selected to extend his term. Since holding this office, he has successfully organized ANS sessions at the Modern Language Association on such topics as “Literary Wordplay with Names” (2018, New York City, NY) and “Names and Multilingualism” (2017 Philadelphia, PA). Andreas obtained his PhD in Classics from the University of Leeds (UK). His onomastic scholarship encompasses classical philology and multilingualism. Currently he is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Reading.


Facebook Special Interest Group Coordinators

Personal Names: Maryann Parada
Maryann Parada, past winner of the ANS Emerging Scholar Award, recently completed her doctorate in Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her thesis focused on the lexicon of two generations of Spanish-Swedish-English trilingual ethnic Chileans in Sweden. She is an active user of Facebook and routinely shares the ANS posts across her feed. If elected to this office, her goal would be to facilitate the broad circulation of onomastics news items, reflecting a wide variety of contexts and issues. This virtual interaction would in turn help to foster collaboration and mutual support by organizing SIG gatherings at our annual meeting.

Place Names: Evgeny Shokhenmayer
Evgeny Shokhenmayer earned his PhD in General Linguistics (Section 7) at the Paris X University (2009). His thesis was entitled (translated into English) is “Associative fields of proper names and mechanisms of textual comprehension”. Since 2002, he has published 20 articles in French, 10 in English and 5 in Russian on onomastics. He is the man behind the blogger behind the internationally recognized website e-Onomastics.

Trade Names: Mirko Casagranda
Mirko Casagranda, a former ANS Member-at-Large, is an Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Calabria, Italy. His areas of interest include Postcolonial Englishes, Translation Studies and Onomastics. He is a member at large of the Executive Council of the American Name Society.

Literary Names: Susan Behrens
Susan Behrens is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marymount Manhattan College, and Director of MMC’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence. She is the author of Understanding Language Use in the Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2018, 2014), Grammar: A Pocket Guide (Routledge, 2010), and Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics (co-edited with Judith A. Parker, Routledge, 2010.) Sue also contributes weekly writing and English composition lesson plans to the New York Times.