My courses take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature, often drawing on culture studies, gender and sexuality studies, and popular culture to augment our understanding of how literature operates in the world. I believe that literature is uniquely situated to help us develop empathy, and my courses are often designed to help students work toward social justice and develop greater cultural competency. I am grateful to be part of the Hollins community.
- American Literature to 1860
- Blazing New Worlds: Women in Science Fiction
- Early African American Literature: Race and Rebellion, Slavery and Song
- Gothic America: Monsters, Madness, and the Macabre
- Imagining Race in American Letters: Mixture and Miscegenation
- “Infection in the Sentence Breeds”: Illness and the Literary Imagination
- Non-Compliant: Feminism and the Graphic Novel
- Reading Infinite Jest: Addiction, Media, and American Culture
- Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Literature: Circulating Bodies
- Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Savage and The Civilized
- Writing from the Hyphen: An Introduction to Latinx Literature
- M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
- B.A., Michigan State University
Publications & Articles
- "'In Utter Fearlessness of the Reigning Disease’: Imagined Immunities and the Outbreak Narratives of Charles Brockden Brown.” Literature and Medicine 35.1 (2017).
American literature to 1900; the long eighteenth century; African American literature; the Gothic; American studies; culture studies; Latinx studies; gender and a/sexuality studies; posthumanism; comics studies, writing.