Office location: Laurentide 3218
BA, History, Salisbury University
MA, English: Salisbury University
PhD, American literature: Marquette University
AREAS OF TEACHING
African American fiction
Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines
African American literature/representations of race in 20th-century American fiction
“Invisible Man and the Socially Conscious Classroom.” Changing Lives, Changing Minds: The Official Blog of CLTL, an Alternative to Incarceration Founded in the Power of Literature to Transform Lives. Ed. Katie Newport. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. October 20, 2010.
“Claiming their Place in the Nation: Wisconsin Women (Re)Present the Civil War in their Private Writings.” MidAmerica 2003. Ed. Marcia Noe. East Lansing: Midwestern Press for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, 2006.
“Apocalypse, Mythology and the Ritual of Food in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 2012.
“The Narrator’s Quest for Identity within the Feminine Space of the City in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States conference, Scranton, PA. April 2010.
“The Democratic ‘I’ in Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright.” College English Association conference, San Antonio, TX. March 2010.
“The American Dream Re-Presented: Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Midwest/East Coast Migration.” Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature conference, East Lansing, MI. May 2009
“Productive Spaces: Tutor ‘Performance’ and the Atypical Session.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Ann Arbor, MI. November 2006.
“Repetition and Repression in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” College English Association conference, Indianapolis, IN. March-April 2005.
“A Single Ray upon the Eye: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ as Response to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ‘Self-Reliance’,” American Literature Association conference, Cambridge, MA. May 2003.
“Tayo and the Belly: Re-Reading Ceremony Within the Framework of Gendered Liminality,” American Popular Culture conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 2003.
English 090: Fundamentals of English
English 101: Freshman English
English 102: Freshman English
English 378: Prose Stylistics
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
My first love (maybe not too surprising?) is reading, especially Dystopian fiction. I also really love history, especially the history of race in America. Growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just miles from the birthplaces of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, I was surrounded with the historical and social vestiges of slavery. And my first academic path was History, especially archaeology. I was lucky enough to take part in several digs of slave quarters. I’m (very, very slowly) learning to play the banjo. While I don’t have much musical talent, I am very interested in all kinds of music.