Department of English Associate Professor
B.A., Miami University, 1992
M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1994
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2000 Research and Teaching Interests
- Early American Literatures
- GLBTQ Literatures
- Gender & Sexuality Studies
- Film Studies
"I ascend from the moon, I ascend from the night." ~ Walt Whitman Personal Bio
Scholarship: My research has centered on Thoreau, Whitman, 19th-century women writers, invalidism, cultural conceptions of the body, gender, and sexuality, early American spiritualism, posthumanism, and queer theory. My published work has appeared in edited collections, Legacy, American Transcendental Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance.
Recent or new topical courses: “Superhumans,” “Freak Cultures,” “Queer and Post-Queer Theory,” “Screening Teens,” and “Media Q: Screening Sexuality.”
Senior project interests: I love to work on anything related to gender, sexuality, the body, identity, and desire; early American authors, texts, and culture; glbtq literature, theory, and culture; film and media studies. I’m also fascinated by freakery, specters, and monstrosity; projects that explore an author’s biography and letters; and projects that interweave textual analysis and the personal essay (i.e. autobiographical criticism).