About

I am an associate professor of English at Ripon College where I teach courses in American literature, gender and sexuality, critical theory and methods, and disability 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 and consultant for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.

My recent work can be found in MELUS; Legacy; and the collected volume, A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia, Ecology, and the Material Imagination, edited by Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe (Penn State UP, 2016).

In 2017 I was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research for my current book project on the Black Chicago Renaissance.

In the spring of 2018 I was honored to receive MELUS’s Katharine Newman Best Essay Award for my article on pedagogy and social justice, “Literary Justice in the Post-Ferguson Classroom.”