Early American Literature (16th-19th centuries), Multi-Ethnic American Literature, Intersectional Feminism, Women's Studies, Chick Lit.
Ph.D. in American Studies, Purdue University
M.A. in English, Purdue University
B.A. in English, University of Puget Sound
Honors and Awards
- Dr. Robert H. Tate Faculty Development Fund for travel to and presentation of paper at Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference, Boston 2012
- Jesse Ball DuPont Summer Seminar: “The Globalization of American Literary Studies.” National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, North Carolina 2008
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “The Continuing Significance of Toccqueville’s Democracy in America.” Bethel College, Minnesota 2007
I am currently studying Intersectional Feminist and Critical Race Theory as part of my on-going project on intersectionality, feminism, and race in Chick Lit. I am also co-editing a criminal justice reader with my colleague Dr. Claudia Slate, forthcoming 2017-2018.
Publications and Exhibitions
“Intersectional Feminism in Chica Lit Novels by Lara Rios.” 25th Annual Congress of the International Association of Hispanic Women’s Literature and Culture (AILCFH), Milwaukee, WI (October 2015)
“Literature in the Criminology Class.” (Roundtable Discussion) American Society of Criminology 2014 Convention, San Francisco, CA (November 2014)
“Feminist Pedagogy in the Chick Lit Course.” Florida College English Association, Stuart, FL (October 2014)
Engaging the ‘F’ Word in the Chick Lit Course.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2014 Convention, Chicago, IL (April 2014)
“Chick Lit in Miami: Negotiating Identity in Little Havana and South Beach.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2013 Convention, Washington, D.C. (March 2013)
Mentor and Panel Organizer for 4 three FSC students to present their papers at FCEA 2012.
“Chick Lit in Miami.” Florida College English Association, Ybor City, FL (October 2012)
Panelist, “Instituting Experiential Learning Without Breaking the Bank (or Morale).” National Society for Experiential Education 2012 Convention, Milwaukee, WI. (October 2012)
“(Im)balancing Act: I Don’t Know How She Does It and the Backlash of ‘New Momism.’” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2012 Convention, Boston, MA. (April 2012)
“The New Recovery Project: Chick Lit and the Politics of Women’s Writing.” Southwest Texas Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association 2012 Convention, Albuquerque, NM. (February 2012)
"Negotiating the Generational Divide: Chick Lit and Feminism(s)." Florida College English Association, Melbourne, FL. (October 2011)
“Rose-Colored Glasses: Teaching Post-Feminism Through the Lens of Chick Lit and Popular Culture.” Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association and Southwest Texas PCA/ACA 2011 Conference, San Antonio, TX. (April 2011)
"'This is Soooo Boring’: Making Literature Relevant to Non-English Majors.” Florida College English Association, Rollins College, FL. (October 2010)