2017 Update on Executive Director Search

The search committee established last year reviewed many excellent applicants for the executive director position, and we were gratified by the interest expressed by the talented individuals who applied for it. Given the strong pool of candidates, we are confident that we will find a superb leader for the future.

As the search enters its final stages at a time when the composition of the Executive Council has recently changed, the MLA’s first vice president, Anne Gere, and a newly appointed search committee will lead the process. The committee welcomes your suggestions for any additional candidates, so feel free to send recommendations to Jeff Kessner at Isaacson, Miller (jkessner@imsearch.com).

We thank you for your patience as we take the time necessary to find the right person to represent MLA members at this critical moment.

We look forward to updating you soon.

Very best,



Diana Taylor
President, Modern Language Association

Members of the 2017 Search Committee

Anne Ruggles Gere, chair

Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MLA first vice president

Gaurav Desai

professor of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MLA Executive Council; member, MLA Ad Hoc Committee on Advocacy Policies and Procedures

Simon E. Gikandi

Robert Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University
MLA second vice president

Elizabeth Schwartz Crane

former professor of Spanish, San Joaquin Delta College, CA
former member of the MLA Executive Council

Tracy Sharpley-Whiting

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Vanderbilt University; professor of African American and Diaspora Studies (AADS) and French; director, AADS and Research Center
MLA Executive Council

Diana Taylor

university professor, New York University; professor of Spanish and Portuguese; professor of performance studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
MLA president

Dana A. Williams

professor of  English, Howard University
MLA Executive Council