Assistant Professor of English

Education

BA, Goshen College, 1996
MA, INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON, 1999

Current Projects

I am currently working on “Writing Within and Without the Nation,” a study of cosmopolitanism and national identity in nineteenth-century Irish writing.

Research

My research interests include: Irish Studies, nationalist movements, and post-colonial literature.  History of Victorian theatre  and popular entertainment.  Cultural history of travel literature.  Subjectivity and representation in Victorian novels and popular culture.

Recent Courses

  • ENGL 105: College Writing
  • ENGL 204: Expository Writing
  • ENGL 307: Speculative Fiction
  • ENGL 302: British Literature, 1800-Present
  • ENGL 319: English Grammar
  • COM 202: Oral Communication
  • CORE 181-AW: Writing About Home
  • HUM 222: Humanities-Literature and Theatre
  • HUM 221: Humanities-Music and Literature

Selected Lectures & Presentations

  • “‘Sweet to She Who Tries and Tastes Them’: Cosmopolitanism and National Identity in Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl.”  Midwest Conference of British Studies, September 23-35 2005.
  • “Brian Friel’s Bipolar Disorder in Translations.”  Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2002.
  • With Jessica Baldanzi.  “What Remains?: (De)composing and (Re)covering American Identity in As I Lay Dying and the Georgia Crematory Scandal.”  Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, November 7-10, 2002.
  • “Ireland’s Other Islands.”  American Conference of Irish Studies.  June 30-July 1, 2001.
  • “Mr. Arnold Goes to Washington.” Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference, November 2-5, 2000.

Selected Publications

  • With Jessica Baldanzi.  “What Remains?: (De)composing and (Re)covering American Identity in As I Lay Dying and the Georgia Crematory Scandal.”  Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Issue on Post-Identity. 36.1 (Spring 2003): 38-55.

Honors & Awards

  • Culbertson Award for outstanding teaching, Indiana University Bloomington. 2003.
  • Culbertson Award nominee for outstanding teaching, Indiana University Bloomington. 2006.
  • Culbertson Award nominee for outstanding teaching, Indiana University Bloomington. 2002.
  • Culbertson Award nominee for outstanding teaching, Indiana University Bloomington. 2001.
  • Andrew H. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities Finalist, 1997.

Committee Work

Yoder Public Affairs Lecture committee member

Church and Community Service

WVPE Advisory Board member