I am an associate professor of English and Chair of the department as well as coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Ripon College, where I teach courses in American literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 with a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Since 2013, I have also served as Managing Editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.
My research interests include twentieth-century American literature, recovery work, women’s reception practices and reading communities, middlebrow literature, literature of the Midwest, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory, and pedagogy. My recent work can be found in Reception, MELUS, and Legacy.
In 2017 I was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research for my current book project, Women of the Black Chicago Renaissance: Literary Reception and Taste in Bronzeville, 1932-1953.
In February 2020 I was honored to receive the David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature for my essay, “The Book Circle: Black Women Readers and Middlebrow Taste in Chicago, 1943-1953,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Reception. The essay is the first work to be published from my current book project.