Biographical Statement

My specializations include twentieth-century American literature, transatlantic modernism, women and literature, and American ethnic literature. My research focuses on identity politics, namely the politics inherent in identity constructions, and responses to trauma in modern and contemporary literature. Much of my research treats social justice issues, particularly in connection with bodies marked by gender, race, and trauma. As a scholar and teacher, I aim to bring the work and ideas that invigorate my research into the classroom. Students in my classes gain new perspectives and insight because they learn to consider and analyze texts and contexts, and, by extension, themselves, their world, and people different from themselves. Ultimately, my goals are to teach students how to approach, understand, and appreciate literary texts, difficult ideas and philosophies, and good writing; to invest students with the ability to think critically and thus to discern the significance, the beauty, and the cultural work of various types of literature; and to demonstrate that students can engage in and contribute to the type of scholarly work expected in the university classroom and in the field of English studies more broadly.


  • Ph.D., English, Ball State University, 2007
  • M.A., English, Ball State University, 2002
  • B.A., English, Marian College, 2000
  • B.A., Communication, Marian College, 2000

Professional Activities

  • Past Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee of the American Studies Association (ASA) and Appointed Member of the Women’s Committee [renamed the Gender and Sexuality Studies Committee]
  • Guest Editor of Volume 41, issues 1-2 of Studies in the Humanities [Theme / Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art]
  • Editorial Board Member of Studies in the Humanities
  • Appointed Advisory Board Member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and of the SSAWW's Nominations Committee
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Oxford University Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer for PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics
  • Manuscript Reviewer (Specialist) for MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
  • Manuscript Reviewer for College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies
  • Manuscript Reviewer for The Explicator
  • Manuscript Reviewer for The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Modern Language Studies
  • Manuscript Reviewer for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Literature Compass
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice
  • Member of the Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Member of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • Member of Various Author Societies Affiliated with the American Literature Association (ALA)
  • Member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)
  • Member of the Midwest Regional Gender Studies Consortium (MRGSC)
  • Member of the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET)

Courses Taught

  • American Literature (1914 to the present)
  • Studies in Women and Literature and Feminist Theory
  • Trauma Studies, Women’s Studies, and Literary Studies
  • Literary Interpretation
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Novels and Short Stories
  • Literary Theory
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Argumentative Writing

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

I serve as the Director of the Office of Student Research at IUPUC, and my responsibilities include directing and supervising the support, funding, publicity, and dissemination of research by students in tandem with faculty mentors, promoting intellectual inquiry and innovation to enrich the education experience of students, and fostering the efforts of students to contribute to academic and non-academic communities. I also chair the Office of Student Research Review Board. Additionally, I represent IUPUC as the Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) faculty liaison and conference organizer; as an Advisory Council Member on the Office for Women Advisory Council at IUPUI; and as an Advisory Board Member of the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Franklin Region’s Advisory Committee for Liberal Arts.  In 2014-2015, I co-chaired the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Planning Committee and Retreat for the 27th annual IU conference. At IUPUC, I serve as the Faculty Advisor of the Feminism Club and as a Faculty Mentor in the First Year Experience program, and I serve on the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee, in addition to other committees and ad hoc service work. Recently, I served on the Bachelor of General Studies Faculty Advisory Council and the Grievance Board, as well as on an administrator review committee and various search and screen committees. Previously, I represented the Division of Liberal Arts as a Faculty Senator in Faculty Senate and served on the Selection Committee for the Marian University Wall of Fame. In addition to my campus and university service, I am interested in civic engagement, and I periodically offer lectures or classes to the public. I also give invited talks to groups at other universities.

Research Activities

  • My book Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein was published in January 2011 by Louisiana State University (LSU) Press. This study focuses on representations of trauma, war, female bodies, and female identities and how these representations intersect with the identity politics in the poetry and prose of modernist women writers and war writers at large. I maintain that a new body of literature emerged, one in which a feminist investigation of war and trauma countered the paradigmatic war experience narrated by men. Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein write women and their bodies into their texts in order to create space for female war writing, to insist on female presence in wartime, to acknowledge female war trauma, to deconstruct binary constructions concerning female identity, and to critique war and patriarchal politics. For more information, see
  • My work on Sylvia Plath has been published as a long article in The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies (University of Nebraska Press). In this article, I explore the social, cultural, political, and medical dimensions of trauma in Plath’s Ariel. In considering Plath’s shaping of trauma and our ability to interpret her work within the concerns of contemporary, interdisciplinary trauma studies, we become cognizant of what is at stake in theories about trauma, and we validate literature that functions as a social document that disseminates and cultivates attitudes about trauma and establishes an influential narrative concerning trauma and the female body. Close readings and a slight pedagogical slant have been incorporated into this piece. See for more information about the journal.
  • In a new article in College Literature, I present new research and interpretations of work by the contemporary poet Ai, and this article also presents teaching strategies in connection with my research and conversations taking place in trauma studies, identity politics, ethnic studies, and feminist studies/women’s studies. For more information on College Literature, see
  • In a new article published in South Central Review (Johns Hopkins University Press), I offer close readings and feminist interpretations of Gertrude Stein’s canonical prose and poetry and explore the significance of Stein’s technique of naming and claiming in the realm of identity politics.
  • I had the honor of conceptualizing and editing volume 41, issues 1-2 of the peer-reviewed journal Studies in the Humanities (2015). It is a special double-issue volume that treats women’s studies and the humanities; the theme is Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art. Published by Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the acceptance rate is 16%-25%. The journal was established in 1969. The contents of volume 41 are available as PDF files in databases such as Literature Resource Center and Humanities Source.
  • Forthcoming peer-reviewed publications include the following: a book chapter about teaching Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and early modernism in Teaching Hemingway and Modernism (Kent State University Press); an article about strategies for teaching Nella Larsen’s novella Passing and identity politics more generally in The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association (Johns Hopkins University Press); and an article about modernist war literature, identity politics, and Stein’s American and literary legacy in Stein’s Paris France and Wars I Have Seen in the journal Studies in American Culture.
  • Currently, I am working on two book chapters: one presents approaches to teaching diversity in Gertrude Stein’s The Selected Writings, and the other focuses on teaching issues related to women’s studies in the short fiction of Flannery O’Connor as part of the MLA Teaching Series. Other projects in progress include work on feminist poems by H.D., Dada poems by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and modernist war poems by Amy Lowell.
  • As for conference presentations, I have delivered papers at meetings of the Modern Language Association, the Modernist Studies Association, the American Literature Association, and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, among others. In 2012, I served as an invited plenary speaker at the Gertrude Stein Symposium at Yale University and as a featured plenary speaker at the Sylvia Plath Symposium at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2014, I delivered an invited talk on Sylvia Plath, feminism, and trauma studies as part of the Interdisciplinary Series of speakers at Marian University in Indianapolis.

Awards & Activities

  • Outstanding Advisor Award, Student Involvement Awards / Redefining Excellence Student Leadership Banquet, IUPUC, 2015
  • Excellence in Diversity Award, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, IUPUC, 2015
  • Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award, IUPUC, 2014
  • “Inspirational Woman” Award, Women’s History Month Leadership Awards [theme: “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”], Office for Women, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 2014
  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, IUPUC, 2013
  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, IUPUC, 2011


Peer-Reviewed Publications (Single-Authored Work)

Book / Scholarly Monograph

  • Modernist Women Writers and War: Trauma and the Female Body in Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011.


  • "‘America is my country and Paris is my home town’: Citizenship and the Art of Belonging in Gertrude Stein’s Paris France and Wars I Have Seen." Studies in American Culture 38.1, accepted and forthcoming
  • "Approaching Identity Politics in Literature: Reading, Interpreting, and Teaching Nella Larsen’s Passing." The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association 77.2, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press
  • “Reconfiguring Identities in the Word and in the World: Naming Marginalized Subjects and Articulating Marginal Narratives in Early Canonical Works by Gertrude Stein.” South Central Review 31.2 (Summer 2014): 9-27. Print.
  • “Trauma and Identity Politics in Ai’s Dread.” College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 41.3 (Summer 2014): 114-132. Print.
  • “Reading and Teaching the Modernist Aesthetics and Identity Politics in Kay Boyle’s ‘The White Horses of Vienna.’” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 6.2 (2013): 122-131. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.
  • “Interpretations and Implications of Trauma and Narrative in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.” The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies 1.2 (Fall 2012): 117-146. Print. Actual publication date: Summer 2013.
  • “Teaching Women and Literature and Feminist Theory: A Feminist Paradigm.” Syllabus 1.2 (2012): n pag. [16 pages]. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. 
  • “The Ambiguous Text: Behn’s The Widow Ranter as Potentially Feminist.” In-Between: Essays & Studies in Literary Criticism 16.1-2 (2007): 41-56. Actual publication date: Fall 2010.
  • “Sexual Politics in The Waste Land: Eliot’s Treatment of Women and Their Bodies in ‘A Game of Chess’ and ‘The Fire Sermon.’ CLA Journal: Official Quarterly Publication of The College Language Association 52.4 (2009): 382-392.
  • “The Violent Circumscription of Female Space in the Body (Poetic) Politic.” LiCus: The Journal of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies 3.5 (2008): 25-33. Actual publication date: Fall 2009.
  • “Mary-ing Isis and Mary Magdalene in ‘The Flowering of the Rod’: Revisioning and Healing through Female-Centered Spirituality in H.D.’s Trilogy.” Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies 10.1 (2007-2008): 29-53. Actual publication date: Spring 2009.
  • “The Heteroglot Voice in Ella Deloria’s Waterlily.” Pembroke Magazine 38 (2006): 87-91.
  • “Sexual Politics in ‘The Wife of Bath’s Prologue’ and ‘Tale’: The Rhetorics of Domestic Violence and Rape.” Readerly/Writerly Texts: Essays in Literature, Composition, and Pedagogical Theory 11.1-2 (2004) and 12.1-2 (2005): 155-162. Actual publication date: Spring 2006.
  • “Howells’s ‘Editha’: A Reevaluation.” Short Story ns 12.2 (Fall 2004): 63-70. Actual publication date: Spring 2006.
  • “An Assessment and Application of Structuralism and Linguistics: A Structuralist Approach to ‘The Woman Who Fell From the Sky,’ A Native American Creation Myth.” Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies 155.1 (2005): 215-227.
  • “The September 19, 1838 Letter from George Bailey Loring (1817-1891) to James Russell Lowell (1819-1891).” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 18.1 (Winter 2005): 46-50.
  • “Postcolonial Responses to White Australia: Traumatic Representations of Persons of Native and Mixed Blood in Australian Contemporary Literature (Especially Women’s Writing).” Atlantic Literary Review 4.4 (October-December 2003): 199-218.
  • “Sexual and Identity Politics in Nella Larsen’s Passing: Woman as Commodity.” The Griot: Official Journal of the Southern Conference on Afro-American Studies, Inc. 22.2 (Fall 2003): 99-104.
  • “The Case for an Australian Modernist and Feminist Poetics: In Defense of Kenneth Slessor’s ‘Heine in Paris.’” Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 17.1 (June 2003): 25-8.
  • The Use of Endogamous Marriage in the Formation of Creole Identity in Cable’s The Grandissimes, Chopin’s ‘Athénaïse,’ and King’s ‘La Grande Demoiselle.’” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 9.4 (Winter 1998): 45-67. Actual publication date: Fall 2002.

Book Chapters

  • "Identity Politics, Trauma, and Modernist Style in Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time and Gertrude Stein's 'Picasso.'" Teaching Hemingway and Modernism. Ed. Joseph Fruscione. Kent: Kent State University Press, accepted and forthcoming
  • “Derrida’s Deconstruction of Logocentrism: Implications for Trauma Studies.” Theory after Derrida: Essays in Critical Praxis. Abingdon, England: Routledge, 2009. 264-279.

Reference Entries

  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath.” Masterplots: Fourth Edition. Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010. 313-315.
  • “‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ by Hélène Cixous.” Masterplots: Fourth Edition. Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2010. 3163-3165.
  • “Ai.” Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature. Ed. Seiwoong Oh. New York: Facts on File, 2007. 6-7.