I am an associate professor of English and American Culture Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. In addition, I serve as Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Society (ICS) at BGSU. ICS is an interdisciplinary center supporting faculty research, fostering campus and community collaborations, and programming special events. Under my leadership, ICS will be focused on public humanities initiatives and interdisciplinary collaborations, across campus and throughout northwest Ohio.
I earned my BA in English from Northwestern University and my MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.
My book, The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2013. My current research is on competing notions of community and identity in contemporary U.S. culture. I regularly teach courses in American literature and popular culture since the Civil War, multiethnic American literature, American Studies, and literary theory and cultural studies. I am involved in digital humanities work, especially relating to digital curation. For 2017-2018, I serve as a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Digital Public Library of America.
In Summer 2017, I participated in an NEH Summer Institute, “Understanding Im/Migration: Local and Global Perspectives” at BGSU. In Summer 2014, I participated in the NEH Summer Institute, “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level,” at Jackson State University.
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