Associate Professor & Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
Bradley Hall 363
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
I teach American literature and culture of the 19th-20th and 21st century. My particular focuses are literature of affect and literature of trauma – sentimental and transcendentalist writing in 19th century, and cold war middlebrow culture in the 20th century are my usual focuses. I also teach film and mixed visual-verbal texts, such as graphic novels, and literary theory, especially narrative theory. My teaching philosophy focuses on helping students make their work in college strategic and intentional.
I am revising a book manuscript about representations of Asia in cold-war popular culture as these echo abolitionist discourse from the 19th century, which I am calling The Stowe Effect; the premise of the book is that the modes of thinking that Stowe set in motion with Uncle Tom’s Cabin pop up again in times of political crisis. I am in early stages of another manuscript called Beset: Masculinity in American literature and film, 1850-55 and 1950-55 that tracks traces how masculinity was literally re-written in two “cold war” eras.
I have published book chapters on Ridley Scott films and Disney films. I’ve also published an article about the rhetoric of Tom Dooley’s memoirs and how this echoes the groundbreaking (for its day) and world-touring photographic installation “The Family of Man.” My most recent publications are an article about the The King and I as a Cold War film that motivated Americans to intervene in the political doings of Asia, and an essay about remembrance of the Okinawa invasion in the popular press in relation to the film Teahouse of the August Moon.
My goal in my scholarship is to make academic and scholarly writing accessible to readers who are not literary specialists.
Currently I am Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in English and a Faculty Senator. I am also the Coordinator of The Body Project. Previously, I served on the Women’s Studies Committee, and as sponsor to Sigma Tau Delta and adviser to the English Club.