About

Photo by Brad Phalin.
Photo by Brad Phalin.

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, since 2016 I have served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Society (ICS) at BGSU. ICS is an interdisciplinary public humanities center supporting faculty research, fostering campus and community collaborations, and programming special events.

I earned my BA in English from Northwestern University and my MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. I am the author of two books and numerous articles and book chapters (see Publications page for details). I am currently working on a new book on depictions of the 1960s in contemporary popular culture. In addition, I am co-editing with Cathy Schlund-Vials a special issue of MELUS devoted to “Re-Thinking, Re-Reading, and Re-Seeing Ethnic Historical Fiction.”

I regularly teach courses in American literature and popular culture since the Civil War, multiethnic American literature, African American literature, American Studies, and literary theory and cultural studies (See Teaching Experience page for more information). I am involved in digital humanities work, especially relating to digital curation in the classroom. (See Digital Humanities page for details.) I co-authored a journal article on digital curation, which was published in Pedagogy. From 2017-2018, I served as a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Digital Public Library of America.

My passion for collaboration extends to faculty and students at other institutions and transnationally. In Summer 2019, I served as an American Studies Association (ASA) delegate to the Japanese Association of American Studies (JAAS) annual conference and participated in proseminars at Doshisha University (Kyoto) and Chuo University (Tokyo). In Summer 2017, I participated in an NEH-funded institute on “Understanding Im/Migration: Local and Global Perspectives,” with the aim of rethinking undergraduate curricula. 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.

I am equally passionate about working with community organizations, K-12 school districts, libraries, and higher education institutions in order to increase diversity and equity in education. To this end, I have developed and implemented a variety of workshops and training programs to create cultures of opportunity and access. [See the page on Consulting, Workshops, and Public Speaking for more information.]

My detailed CV can be accessed here.

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