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 focuses on public humanities initiatives and interdisciplinary collaborations, across campus and throughout northwest Ohio. In 2019 I was awarded the David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service for my work with ICS; the award honors outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement at Ohio member institutions of Campus Compact.
I earned my BA in English from Northwestern University and my MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.
I am the author of Understanding Karen Tei Yamashita (University of South Carolina Press, 2020), which is a volume in the Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series. My first book, The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2013. I am currently working on a new book on depictions of the 1960s in contemporary popular culture. My academic articles have been published in MELUS, Journal of Asian American Studies, and College Literature; I am a contributor to Teaching the Works of Karen Tei Yamashita, Asian American Literature in Transition (Volume 1), and The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism. I am currently co-editing with Cathy Schlund-Vials a special issue of MELUS on “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. I am involved in digital humanities work, especially relating to digital curation in the classroom. I recently 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.
In 2018-19, I served as a fellow in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Academic Leadership Development Program. 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.